Chris Anderson at AMA Expo 2013

Why I Quit my Job as Editor of Wired Magazine Chapter 1 of 5

The Opportunity to Make Military Drone Technology Available at Toy Prices - Chapter 2 of 5

The Open Source Web Innovation Model Applied to Manufacturing - Chapter 3 of 5

What We Learned from Creating DIY Drones and 3D Robotics - Chapter 4 of 5

The Bottom-Up Approach for Creating Personal Drones - Chapter 5 of 5

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  • @Jesper

    After working in Cambodia for over 3 years I have plenty of ideas for what UAV`s could be used for with NGO`s and reporting.

    When I get something up and running,I will post it up.

  • Well done, inspirational stuff!

  • @Jesper ++.

    BTW, Good job the Android based bot--that's you right? Check out the german group if you haven't already, there's a guy there named Felix who just came out with a new ESC. Whatever's in their sauce, it works--the flight videos are incredible. I don't think their stuff is much more than the KK. It would be interesting if an autopilot could emulate some of the maneuvers they are doing by hand.

    @F1P By website I was referring to modifying this website--diydrones, not the software. E.g. if at the Zurich site I was worried that it was a product site, posing as a DIY site, I could just change it, here I can not. That's what I meant by "website" & "editorial privilege". As for modifying the software, frankly I don't understand why this group doesn't just fork the Pixhawk software & build on that. It was made for that system, & is already proven.

    @Joshua You're correct, I made a dumb google. With a decent search the info comes up on top. Additionally the info can be found under the product descriptions at Chris's companies site.

  • @Phil: Please collect and share any good ideas - The world of UAV's and such is wonderful but without a mission it's nothing. I can't think of a more worthy cause than utilizing drones for NGO work. So get some ideas out there for people to work on :)

  • > "I also see their website does not have the same editorial restrictions as this one & is free to edit."

    I think that  "BSD licensing" (like) Open Software and Open Hardware term means free distribution, copying and use for any, including commercial, purposes, but still subject to all applicable copyright laws.

    std form for software

    1. Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.

    2. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.

    3. The name of the author may not be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software without specific prior written permission from the author.

    In use for HW project it may be means any directive and notable project materials, imho. =)

  • 3D Robotics

    Thanks, Mark!

  • Chris,  this is your best talk yet. Perfect for the RC group. Take this talk and add more about building your own parts with 3D printers. (Maybe someone else did that talk at AMA.)  But but the two together and you can explain the future to anyone. 

  • J, That's funny with the Berretta product name crossover. The world is running out of unique names at a rapid pace :-)  I've had to re-train myself to google, it seem like one or two more descriptors makes a lot of difference.. 

    I feel like we're in a reversion back to hunter/gather ways -- with the open-source boom underway. It's no longer just a matter of going to the store and picking something off the shelf. Now it's more akin to spending lot's of hours in the forest; getting to know the sights and smells; learning without a lesson plan. 

    So much cool s..t going on though, it's really worth the extra work. We're building robots!

  • Googling this name brings up 10 pages of Beretta hand guns, pointers to the store, & references to 3DRobotic's PX4:

    PX4 Flight and Features – New autopilot from @3DRobotics - Adafruit

    Actually the credits are here



    • PX4 OS (incl. NuttX port) – The PX4 project team
    • NuttX – Gregory Nutt
    • MAVLink App – Lorenz Meier, Thomas Gubler, Julian Oes, James Goppert
    • Sensors App – Lorenz Meier, Thomas Gubler, Julian Oes
    • Quadrotor Control – Petri Tanskanen, Thomas Gubler, Julian Oes, Tobias Naegeli
    • Fixed Wing Control – Ivan Ovinnikov
    • GPS interface – Thomas Gubler, Julian Oes
    • Mixing – Nils Wenzler
    • SD logging – Julian Oes
    • ADC / DMA – Dominik Honegger
    • Sensor drivers – Lorenz Meier

    I also see their website does not have the same editorial restrictions as this one & is free to edit.

  • J, The credit is in the name -- PX4.

    Here is how they describe themselves:

    PX4 is an open-source, open-hardware project aiming at providing a high-end autopilot to the academic, hobby and industrial communities (BSD licensed) at low costs and high availability. It is backed by the PIXHAWK Project of the Computer Vision and Geometry Lab of ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), the Autonomous Systems Lab and the Automatic Control Laboratory as well from a number of excellent invididuals (Contact and Credits) and available from 3D Robotics and international 3DR distributors.

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