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Hmmm Now hobbyking is selling:
72 USD for the hobbyking APM 2.5 board
GPS 52 USD
Are hobbyking selling this under license or is it a CN clone?
Can hobbyking use the name Ardupilot 2.5?
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According to the Open Source requirements, I belive that HK is not allowed to advertise this clone as a true "ArduPilot Mega" which is a trademark of 3DR.
I wouldn't trust it, and if you have a problem with it, good luck sending it back to HK.
You could use it in a Rover or Boat but not something that flies.
Bought a clone AIO board from HK previously... had a known production flaw in power... contacted support to seek a refund/replacement... no response... won't buy a flight controller form them ever again... if you are after a clone i'd suggest rctimer.
Thomas is right, they can copy the hardware but can not use the name "Ardupilot" on it.
Of course they haven't know-how to support this product and we will see a lot of newbies with basic question (soon HK will provide DIYDrones forum link for their customers...I bet)
Both a violation of our trademark and stealing our copyrighted text. Takedown request filed.
HobbyKing has a great range of parts and actually manages to have accurate inventory levels as well as good shipping performance - just don't expect any sort of instructions, support or after sales service. It seems to offload all the hard work onto communities - check out the debacle over the newly released Pocket Quad.
or worse... http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1790506
Definitely one of the challenges of working in a Open source, open hardware world.
For the most part, I think we know who supports us and who we support.
Just a thought for 3DR, you do have to compete with these copycats, it might be worth trying to come up with a few more shipping options, both cheaper ones and more amenable to global shipping at reasonable rates.
Usually I wait till I have at least one or two hundred dollars worth of stuff to order from you to make the shipping worthwhile.
Honestly, you'd make more sales if I could by a sub one ounce part and not have to pay $15.00 to get it sent to me.
I'd rather it was my choice on a case by case basis rather than yours.
Just a thought, I am afraid your global shipping costs in particular encourage people to buy these clones rather than direct from you or your distributors.
Hobby King with the AIO PRO episode clearly demonstrated that they have no ethics nor any shame when they continued to sell their faulty board after it was made clear by many that it had serious confirmed issues. They just kept selling it until all stock was sold, shame on them, avoid Hobby King for any serious electronics, they are OK for heatshrink.
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