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Robots Podcast #126: International standards for robotics

 

In Robots Podcast #126, interviewer Per talks with Gurvinder Virk about his involvement in the creation of new international standards for robotics. Virk…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on March 27, 2013 at 11:11am — No Comments

First hand look at unmanned aircraft for wildlife management

Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will work together to evaluate whether small unmanned aircraft operated by the USGS can save state wildlife managers time, money and offer a safer and enhanced alternative to gather greater sage-grouse data.

On Wednesday, April 3 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the CSU Cooperative Extension Hall in…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on March 27, 2013 at 8:31am — 6 Comments

Chris Anderson to be at The Small Unmanned Systems Business Expo In SF

sUAS News Group and the Silicon Valley Chapter of AUVSI, et al are putting on the first of its kind International Small Unmanned System Business Exposition in San Francisco on July 25-26, 2013. What this represents is a leap forward for the rest of the unmanned systems community. Attendees will not see any of the trade show customary fare. Namely, air superiority gray…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on March 14, 2013 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

Everything you wanted to know about Reverse Engineering

 

Bunnie Huang's seminal book "Hacking the Xbox" is now a free PDF, released thus by the author in honor of Aaron Swartz. "Hacking the Xbox" is the "Our Bodies, Our Selves" of reverse engineering -- a brilliant and accessible text setting out the case for and…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on March 12, 2013 at 5:30am — 12 Comments

Getting into Robotics for the Younger Set

For those DIY Drones members who would like to get their children interested in the world of robotics, checkout this website:…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on March 9, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Futurist Daniel H. Wilson

With the recent increase in Public Awareness concering the safety of Drones and Robots DIY Drones members might want to take a look at the publishings of futurist Daniel H. Wilson:

 

Daniel H. Wilson is the author of the New York Times bestselling Robopocalypse and seven other books, including How to Survive a Robot Uprising and…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on March 8, 2013 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Sparkfun 2013 AVC Update

First off, we have an exciting announcement about the 2013 SparkFun Autonomous Vehicle Competition. After months of filling out forms, writing emails, and making phone calls, we’ve nailed down a date and location for the 2013 SparkFun AVC. The event will take place on June 8, 2013 at the Boulder Reservoir.

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If you’re not familiar with the AVC, this has…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on March 7, 2013 at 5:30am — 4 Comments

Chris Anderson interviewed on moving manufacturing from China to USA

'Made in USA' not just Apple

@CNNMoneyDecember 7, 2012: 10:43 AM ET…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on December 7, 2012 at 2:02pm — 1 Comment

AMA Member versus R/C Beginner

Here is an interesting look at an AMA Member conversing with an R/C Beginner who is not an AMA member:…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on April 26, 2011 at 6:00pm — 19 Comments

Dallas Area Programming for APM PPM Encoder

If anyone in the Dallas-Ft Worth area has an APM that has a misprogrammed PPM encoder, I have the AVR programmer available and have successfully reprogrammed three older APM boards. Send me a message if you would like to have your APM PPM encoder reprogrammed with the correct brown-out voltage.

Regards,

TCIII

Added by Thomas J Coyle III on December 4, 2010 at 7:42pm — No Comments

Ublox GPS back in stock at DIY Drones Store

Title says it all. Only 35 in stock and I just bought one to backup my original unit.

Regards,

TCIII

Added by Thomas J Coyle III on March 23, 2010 at 5:41am — 7 Comments

Chris on RCGroups

Hi all,

Check out Chris on this RCGroups thread: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=975833&page=610&highlight=easystar . Reply #9142

Regards,
TCIII

Added by Thomas J Coyle III on September 6, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

What level of ESD protection is on your workbench?

Hi all,



I have been a System Engineer for over 30 yrs and have gone from tubes to ICs during my time in the Aero Space industry.



Tubes were virtually immune to ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) and could be handled just about any way we wanted to. But when it comes to ICs, ESD can damage or destroy an IC in an instant.



Many of the boards offered for sale in kits by DIY Drones contain static sensitive parts/components that can be damaged even when attached to their… Continue

Added by Thomas J Coyle III on July 2, 2009 at 1:00pm — 18 Comments

UAV support group for North Texas

Hi all,

I live just north of McKinney, Texas and slightly east of the North Central Expressway (US 75).

Is anyone in the McKinney and surrounding (Princeton, Frisco, Melissa, Anna or Sherman) area interested in forming a UAV support group?

Regards,
TCIII

Added by Thomas J Coyle III on June 9, 2009 at 4:33pm — 10 Comments

FMA Direct Business Model

Hi all,



It took me a while to figure out that I could back order the FMA XY sensor when it was listed as being out of stock instead of waiting until a new production run came in to FMA.



FMA appears to only make enough to fill back orders as the June 1st shipment that I had been waiting for was immediately gone and the XY sensor status had gone back to out of stock with the next delivery being June 26th.



So I decided to place an order for the XY sensor to see if… Continue

Added by Thomas J Coyle III on June 3, 2009 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

Latest version of Arduino IDE compatible with Ardupilot code?

Hi all,

I know that there were some issues using Arduino IDE ver 15 and it was recommended to use ver 13.

However, I thought that I read somewhere on the ArduPilot Home page that ver 15 had been fixed and would work with the ArduPilot code.

Can anyone tell me which version will work with the ArduPilot code?

Regards,
TCIII

Added by Thomas J Coyle III on May 21, 2009 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

The FAA and UAV Certificate

Chris,

I saw that you chimed in on this thread on RCGroups: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1046195

What are your plans in relation to the UAV Certificate issue?

It really sounds like it is the responsibility of the end user to get a certificate for their UAV, if they are using it for commerical purposes like AP for hire, and not the manufacturer of the autopilot product.

Comments?

Regards,
TCIII

Added by Thomas J Coyle III on May 10, 2009 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

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