Chris Anderson's Blog – December 2013 Archive (24)

2013 DIY Drones and 3DR Year in Review

There's a huge amount to celebrate as we reflect on this community's accomplishments in 2013. Just as we did in 2012, we had record membership this year (we'll hit 50,000 members in a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 31, 2013 at 6:30pm — 10 Comments

LIDAR for your smartphone

Not sure how I missed this successful Kickstarter campaign from October, but here's more from Gizmag

Virginia-based IkeGPS wants to bring this functionality to the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 23, 2013 at 10:04pm — 8 Comments

Odd goings-on late at night at the Flexbot offices



Fun video from our friends at Flexbot (formerly Hex), the highly successful Kickstarter microquad…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 22, 2013 at 10:25pm — 5 Comments

Cubli, a stunning display of balance from ETH

From Wired, the latest IMU/control research from Raffaello d’Andreas' amazing team at ETH:

Cubli, a project out of the Dynamic Systems and Control lab at the Swiss…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 22, 2013 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

A little bit of history

Now that Pixhawk, our new 32-bit autopilot, is shipping, I dug up all of its predecessors just to remind myself how far we've come. That takes me back -- that first ArduPilot was designed by Jordi and manufactured by Sparkfun, long before…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 21, 2013 at 4:00pm — 36 Comments

Drones = better wine. A glimpse into the 3DR vineyard survey research

The 3DR R&D team spends a lot of time on farms doing research on the best way to do crop surveys and the questions that aerial imagery can answer to help with precision agriculture. This video gives a look at that, with our friends at DRNK Wines

Added by Chris Anderson on December 19, 2013 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

Ryan Calo says drone innovation requires an open model

Our favorite drone policy/law analyst, Ryan Calo, has a smart op-ed in CNN today…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 17, 2013 at 2:28pm — 6 Comments

New algorithm can save a quadcopter after one motor/prop failure

The latest work from the star ETH team shows how a quadcopter can recover from a prop loss. Excerpt from a Fast Company article:

Today, the software controlling most quadcopters is designed…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 16, 2013 at 10:52pm — 16 Comments

Take that, Amazon! "Bacon Drone" delivers full English breakfast (or at least a tiny speck of it)

From The Register:

In what is described as "a breakthrough moment for humanity", a British bloke has constructed a tricopter designed to remotely deliver a full English breakfast of bacon, egg, sausage, mushroom and tomato…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 15, 2013 at 11:09pm — 6 Comments

First Annual Quadcopter Destruction Competition

Sounds like fun! (these are toy quadcopters and the main task is to cut the paper streamers of your competitors)
On December 21st, at 6pm, LVL1 is hosting its first ever…
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Added by Chris Anderson on December 14, 2013 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

"Our Drone Future", a short film imagining drone surveillance over San Francisco

From Mashable. I'd say that this artist, as talented as he is, is a pretty good candidate for a FAA cease-and-desist. I see no "liberal…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 14, 2013 at 5:30pm — 13 Comments

Hollywood aerial camera operators vs. the FAA

From Reuters, a sobering story of the FAA's shutdown of companies providing commercial aerial video services for Hollywood.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 14, 2013 at 5:02pm — 12 Comments

Acoustic Source Localization of Emergency Signals from UAVs

From the video description

In search and rescue missions, Micro Air Vehicles (MAV's) can assist rescuers to faster locate victims inside a large search area and to coordinate their efforts. Acoustic signals play an important role in outdoor rescue operations. Emergency whistles, as found on most aircraft…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 11, 2013 at 3:33pm — 12 Comments

Using GoPros for aerial surveys

From Agribotix:

In many ways the GoPro is an ideal camera for drones: small, light, rugged, decent resolution, and not too expensive.  The show stopper is the fisheye…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 9, 2013 at 11:23am — 15 Comments

DHL latest to experiment with drone delivery

From the AP:

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany's express delivery and mail company Deutsche Post DHL is testing a drone that could be used to deliver urgently needed goods to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 9, 2013 at 11:07am — 8 Comments

Adafruit's last-minute delivery solution

Our friends at Adafruit hint at a future when their Christmas shipping deadlines might be even later than FedEx allows ;-)

Added by Chris Anderson on December 9, 2013 at 10:57am — No Comments

Good analysis of FAA drone rules by GigaOm

Interesting sentence in this GigaOm article: "While the FAA suggested …

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 8, 2013 at 2:08pm — 12 Comments

Drones should be banned from private use, says Google's Eric Schmidt

From an interview with the Guardian newspaper (UK).  [UPDATE: This is actually a repost from April. Sorry about that!]

The use of cheap, miniature "everyman" …

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 7, 2013 at 4:00pm — 25 Comments

City of Tijuana using ArduCopter for surviellance

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 7, 2013 at 3:58pm — No Comments

A drone-eye view of the 3D Robotics Tijuana factory team

Getting big and gearing up for Iris and Pixhawk production runs! Look for a Pixhawk release announcement in the next day or two (shipping should start next week) and Iris will follow a week or so later. They're going to be…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 5, 2013 at 11:23pm — 16 Comments

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