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A big step forward for ArduSub

For those of you who are building your own UROV and would like to use ArduSub to control it, here is the path forward from the Developers of ArduSub:

 

By Rusty at Blue Robotics

ArduSub1 is the…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on February 2, 2017 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Pixhawk 2.1 set to fly off shelves

By Gary Mortimer

From SUAS News

Not just flying, but driving and floating as well. Pixhawk 2.1 running Ardupilot software can be used to command all types of autonomous vehicle.

Shipping has…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on November 4, 2016 at 10:00am — 23 Comments

US Forest Service Clarifies Drone Use

No Drones Sign

From UAS Vision

In light of the increasing popularity of recreational drones, the U.S. Forest Service has released specific guidelines for recreational unmanned aircraft use over public lands:…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on February 14, 2016 at 1:11pm — 5 Comments

Which came first, the drone or the PowerEgg?

The PowerEgg unfolds to reveal a fully-functional quadcopter

The PowerEgg unfolds to reveal a fully-functional quadcopter (Credit: PowerVision)

From Gizmag

By:    FEBRUARY 12, 2016

Conventional drones are often billed as portable, though they're also often a collection of…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on February 14, 2016 at 12:30pm — 17 Comments

FAA RESCINDS DRONE BAN AROUND DC

From HACKADAY

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Late last year, the FAA expanded a Special Flight Rule Area (SFRA) that applied to Unmanned Aerial Systems, drones, and RC airplanes around Washington DC. This SFRA was created around the year 2000 – for obvious reasons – and applies to more than just quadcopters and airplanes…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on February 12, 2016 at 7:13am — 1 Comment

Drones could follow trails to find lost hikers

In field tests, a quadcopter was slightly better than humans at finding and following a previously-unseen ...

In field tests, a quadcopter was slightly better than humans at finding and following a previously-unseen trail

(Credit: University of Zurich)

From gizmag

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on February 12, 2016 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Drone Racing Might Just Be The Next Big Thing

From Hackaday

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Arguably, drones are one of the next big things that will revolutionize many industries. We’ve already seen them portrayed in many movies and TV shows in not-so-distant futures, and what with Amazon planning drone deliveries, we can’t imagine it’ll be long before they are a common…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on February 4, 2016 at 11:47am — 8 Comments

Swarming robot boats demonstrate self-learning

The sea-going robots are made using digital manufacturing techniques

The sea-going robots are made using digital manufacturing techniques

(Credit: Biomachines Lab)

From Giz Magazine

   FEBRUARY 2, 2016

Robots…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on February 4, 2016 at 11:30am — 14 Comments

GoPro is in a massive tailspin

From CNN Money

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on February 4, 2016 at 8:16am — 26 Comments

DIY Drones at 75,000 members!

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's a big 75,000!!!!

There were approximately 1.4 million page views in the last month! (we now get around 45,000 page views a day on average). It took us just 30…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on February 3, 2016 at 1:54pm — 35 Comments

FAROS drone climbs the walls to find fires

FAROS navigates a smoke-filled and obstructed hallway

FAROS navigates a smoke-filled and obstructed hallway (Credit: KAIST)

From Gizmag

   JANUARY 20, 2016

Fires in high-rises can be particularly deadly. This is partially because of the buildings' "chimney" effect, along with the fact…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on January 21, 2016 at 9:22am — 1 Comment

"Internet of Drones" could be next generation of air traffic control

Amazon's new Prime Air Delivery drone

Amazon's new Prime Air Delivery drone (Credit: Amazon)

From Gizmag

   JANUARY 19, 2016

You've heard of the …

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on January 20, 2016 at 12:07pm — 10 Comments

Route-planning software guides autonomous drones through cluttered spaces

The technique was demonstrated within a

The technique was demonstrated within a "simulated forest"

From Gizmag

    JANUARY 19, 2016

Drone technology sure is promising plenty, but before the public can really warm to the idea of…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on January 20, 2016 at 10:24am — 6 Comments

Germans land UAV drone on roof of moving car

Landing on a roof of a moving car offers several advantages, say German Aerospace Centre engineers

Landing on a roof of a moving car offers several advantages, say German Aerospace Centre engineers

From Engineering and Technology Magazine

January 18, 2016

German engineers have managed to autonomously land a drone on a car travelling at 75km/h.

The car was fitted with a large roof rack for this purpose with an elastic net to allow the 20kg UAV with a…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on January 19, 2016 at 10:23am — 5 Comments

California Prepares New Drone Laws

From UAS VISION

Two California lawmakers have introduced two separate bills this week that would further regulate drones in America’s most populous state. If passed, one of the new state laws would require “tiny physical or electronic license plates” and inexpensive insurance, among other…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on January 19, 2016 at 10:00am — 7 Comments

Bird-repelling drone imitates a real-life predator to clear property of unwelcome pests

With a body crafted from carbon fiber, Bird-X says the the drone has been designed to ...

With a body crafted from carbon fiber, Bird-X says the drone has been designed to mimic the appearance of a real-life predator bird

From Gizmag

By   JANUARY 17, 2016

Scarecrows and other visually…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on January 18, 2016 at 7:30am — 11 Comments

Let’s Bring Rosie Home: 5 Challenges We Need to Solve for Home Robots

/img/RosieAlamyENPA92-1452542705197-1452704447500.jpg From IEEE SPECTRUM

By Shahin Farshchi

This is a guest post. The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not represent positions of IEEE Spectrum or the IEEE.

Science fiction authors love the robot sidekick. R2-D2, Commander Data, and KITT—just to name a few—defined “Star Wars,” “Star Trek,” and “Knight Rider,” respectively, just as much as their human actors. While…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on January 16, 2016 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

ROBOTIC SUITCASE FOLLOWS YOU AROUND

From Hackaday

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I have something that follows me around all the time: my dog Jasper. His cargo-carrying capability is limited, though, and he requires occasional treats. Not so this robotic suitcase. All it needs, the designers claim, is an occasional charge and a Bluetooth device to…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on January 16, 2016 at 10:17am — 7 Comments

New book: "Mastering ROS for Robotics Programming"

From ROS.org

By Tully Foote on January 13, 2016

From Lentin Joseph

Here is a new book for mastering your skills in Robot Operating System(R.O.). The book title is "…
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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on January 14, 2016 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Fuel cell could let drones fly for hours without recharging

A quadcopter drone, equipped with a prototype of the range extender

A quadcopter drone, equipped with a prototype of the range extender (Credit: Intelligent Energy)

From Gizmag

By   JANUARY 11, 2016

Last May, we heard about how Horizon Energy Systems was developing a…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on January 14, 2016 at 10:30am — 8 Comments

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