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New two-motor VTOL from Horizon

This kind of 2-motor vertical take-off plane was a PhD thesis 2 years ago, a TED talk 1 year ago & now it's a $150 toy. From…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 10, 2017 at 9:24pm — 3 Comments

Dronecode/PX4 1.6 code released!

From the Dronecode release post:

We’re very excited to announce the release of PX4 v1.6, the…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 7, 2017 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Updating the "red balloon finder" to use OpenMV cam

Awesome post from Patrick Poirier in the OpenMV forums (OpenMV is my favorite computer vision board, and what I use on our DIY Robocars autonomous…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 5, 2017 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Test stats for next Dronecode/PX4 code release

This week the Dronecode/PX4 team will release its biggest and best update, version 1.6. You can see a glimpse of the testing that went into it with our public test log server here

Along with all the automated code and flight…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 29, 2017 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Comparing two low-cost scanning Lidars

Excerpted from a new…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 28, 2017 at 5:00pm — 7 Comments

Using voice to command a drone by translating any GPS location to three unique words

An Australian IT services company combined an Amazon Alexa and a service called "what3words" that translates GPS addresses into three unique words to create a MAVLink-compatible drone that can be commanded entirely by voice. The video can't be embedded, so see it …


Added by Chris Anderson on May 25, 2017 at 7:27am — 1 Comment

Lovely story about a poor kid in rural China who sells exquisite models of Chinese planes for almost no profit

These aren't drones per se, but I can help but post this story by Owen Churchill in Sixthtone, which exemplifies the DIY spirit. 

CHONGQING, Southwest China —…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 24, 2017 at 7:22am — 10 Comments

Follow-me with dynamic obstacle avoidance

From New Atlas, a writeup on new research from ETH and MIT:

Thanks to new research from MIT and ETH Zurich, however, it may soon be possible for drones to autonomously follow along with an actor, keeping their face framed "just right" the whole time –…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 18, 2017 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Pixhawk-powered rover wins 2017 RoboMagellan competition

Congrats to Marco Walter, who won the the 2017 RoboMagellan competition at RoboGames with a rover that used Pixhawk + Ardurover + Odroid U3

Added by Chris Anderson on May 11, 2017 at 4:26pm — 1 Comment

Drone learns to fly by crashing (a lot)

Excerpt from the IEEE Spectrum article:

“Learning to Fly by Crashing,” a paper from CMU roboticists Dhiraj Gandhi, Lerrel Pinto, and Abhinav Gupta,…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 10, 2017 at 1:39pm — 2 Comments

Navy wins DARPA swarm challenge

Air Force came in second. Most seem to be using 3DR Pixhawks by the looks of the teaser video. Final video coming soon

Added by Chris Anderson on May 8, 2017 at 11:08pm — 4 Comments

Review of the $50 Jevois computer vision camera/computer

Full review at our sister site, DIY Robocars, here,…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 7, 2017 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Two-motor VTOL with Pixracer

Impressive design! APM on Pixracer controller. More here

Added by Chris Anderson on May 2, 2017 at 9:54pm — 3 Comments

Free webinars on drone design simulation

Two years ago Simscale had a good series of free webinars on using simulation tools for drone design. Now they're doing another…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 27, 2017 at 12:38pm — 2 Comments

More powerful Pixhawk 3 coming soon

The PX4/Dronecode team and Drotek have been working on the next generation of Pixhawk autopilots, and you can now see a preview of that with the Pixhawk 3 Pro. It's based on the new PX4…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 25, 2017 at 7:00am — 75 Comments

DARPA swarming challenge kickoff. So many 3DR Iris+s!

From DARPA. Have you ever seen so many swarming Iris+s?

Service Academies Swarm Challenge Live-Fly Competition Begins

U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Air Force academy…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 24, 2017 at 4:36pm — No Comments

OpenMV and ArduPilot tracking a colored ball

OpenMV is my favorite computer vision camera, and it combines a built-in OpenCV-like machine vision library with a microPython interface, all in one little board for $65. It also speaks MAVLink, so…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 23, 2017 at 4:47pm — 10 Comments

DIY Drones at 84,000 members!

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. We've now passed 84,000 members!

Thanks as always to all the community members who make this growth possible, and especially to the administrators and moderators who approve new members,…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 16, 2017 at 11:33am — No Comments

DIY Robocar autonomous car race this weekend at Thunderhill Raceway

Our sister site, DIY Robocars, is running joint outdoor event with Self Racing Cars at the Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, CA.  You can sign up here. We're going to be running a courses for smaller autonomous…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 30, 2017 at 11:50am — No Comments

OpenMV computer vision board now supports MAVLink, can appear as optical flow or AprilTag sensor

I love the OpenMV board, a $65 open source computer vision module that combines a camera and powerful M7 processor with a nice built-in Micropython interpreter and OpenCV-like computer vision library. It's also got a fantastic IDE that makes…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 22, 2017 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

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