Another good article from IEEE Spectrum. I'm particularly interested in the disposable glider drone at the bottom, which is basically just a PCB with wings. (Because this comes from the research arm of the Navy, and is…Continue
Great list of trends to watch in 2012 from Make Magazine. The full list:
These flying thresher designs show up every now and then. They supposedly have some sort of aerodynamic advantages, but it's not clear what they are since they never seem to make it out of the lab. Here's the latest, from the University of Maryland.
From the video…Continue
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From IEEE Spectrum, a report on the latest EPFL research on bio-inspired flying robots:
Gliding is a very efficient way for getting from getting from point A to point B. Jumping is a very efficient way of…
Here's a good post by Mark Suster, a VC, on "The amazing power of deflationary economics for startups", which I think neatly explains the economic and innovation model behind 3D Robotics and most…Continue
Enjoy your toys, spend time with your families and get ready for a rocking New Year!
(Graphics from the always awesome Max Levine, who's the closest team member to Jerusalem!)
Added by Chris Anderson on December 21, 2011 at 11:34am — No Comments
We're looking to hire a full-time Director of Software Engineering at 3D Robotics (the company that makes APM and the other products in the DIY Drones store) in San Diego. They should have the following skills:
I just had to a share a bit of pride that I got checking out the latest release (1.1.11) of the Mission Planner. Look at all those vehicles APM now supports!!! To say nothing of all the hardware-in-the-loop simulations at the bottom left of that screen. And ArduRover, …Continue
Our friends at Adafruit have been whipping up the best patches to show off your DIY accomplishments. Now their one for DIY Droners is available!
You built an educational mini UAV! Adafruit offers a fun and exciting "badges" of achievement for electronics, science and engineering.…
Added by Chris Anderson on December 20, 2011 at 1:12pm — No Comments
Excellent article by Evan Ackerman at IEEE Spectrum. It's worth noting that in the US, at least, law enforcement already needs warrants to inspect private property beyond what would normally be visible from the street, to…Continue
Udrones, which has been selling ready-to-fly ArduCopters for a while, is now also selling a ready-to-fly ArduPlane. APM assembled, ArduPlane code loaded and everything tested. Just add your own RC gear.…
[I'm applying the sysadmin privilage of making an exception to our usual no-military rule here, because the technical issues are sufficiently interesting].
Apply the usual skepticism about the claims, but there's something plausible in the following. As I understand it, the assertion is that Iran basically used radio jamming techniques to force…Continue
Includes funny footage from gullible UFO…Continue
Bloomberg TV just ran a cool feature on DIY Drones and 3D Robotics. The embedding isn't working, but you can watch it here. You also get to see former MTV VJ Tabitha Soren crash an ArduCopter into a wall. Maybe the best way to teach her…Continue
From IEEE Spectrum:
UAVForge is a DARPA-sponsored contest designed to get teams of anyone who wants to, to produce an advanced, highly capable UAV for the…
I was delighted to see that the cool new gadget site Wirecutter (formed by Gizmodo's former editor) selected ArduCopter as one of its top recommended gifts for the year. That's the great thing about open source robotics--constant innovation and free development updates make it the…Continue
A Google translation of the text (I have no idea what "the process several times to no avail was fired from the pistol" means):
December 10 in Moscow at the Swamp area held a protest rally in the all-Russian action against the rigging of elections to the Duma.We present the…