Maker Faire was awesome. More than 100,000 people attended over two days, and it felt like almost all of them came by the DIY Drones booth! We had 12 team members manning the booth, and it took all of us to handle the crowds, which were usually two or three deep. Our cool t-shirts and hoodies were as popular as our electronics. Thanks to all who came to say hi!


Highlights included hanging out with the Google Cloud Robotics team (who worked with us on the PhoneDrone board) and Arduino co-founder Massimo Banzi coming by to meet with the team to coordinate our work with the Arduino roadmap (I can't say much more about it, but you're going to be blown away by what Arduino is capable of. Look for news later this summer, but the short form is if pro-level hardware and development tools are what you want, you won't be disappointed. The DIY Drones team is going to be a big part of it).


Shown above: Banzi with some of the DIY Drones and Udrones teams. From left; Jeff Taylor, me, Massimo Banzi, Jordi Munoz, Guillermo Romero, Sam Kelly, Lorenzo Lopez.


We did tons of demos, including one with Miles O'Brien from PBS's Newshour, where we filmed the newscast from the air while they were filming ArduCopter from below.


Here's a demo at the main stage, with Massimo and live GCS:




And towards the end, when Gigio was feeling really brave, he even did demos in the booth!


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Comment by robert bouwens on May 23, 2011 at 10:24pm

do you fly beta sw in front of crowded people?!?


Comment by John Arne Birkeland on May 24, 2011 at 4:21am
Please let's try and keep the safety hysteria normally found in R/C forums out of DIY. And anyway it looks like he was flying manually, so all he had to do was cut back the throttled and it would fall to the ground long before it got anywhere near the crowds. That's the one thing you can be pretty much sure of with a multicopter design, they come down again pretty quickly if something fails.. :)

Comment by Jani Hirvinen on May 24, 2011 at 7:14am
Only I was missing from there, well gotta be on next Maker Fair.
Comment by arashi on May 24, 2011 at 8:56am

Thanks for the stickers!


What do you think about trying to get a netting flying area at the next Maker Faire?

They had a RC Ship battle area, so I don't think it's inconceivable.

Comment by Steve on May 24, 2011 at 9:17am
It was great to meet you in person Chris. Your booth was very busy, lots of interest in what your team is doing. Get an outdoor booth next year! :)
Comment by Matt on May 24, 2011 at 12:50pm
Will DIYDrones be attending MakerFaire NYC this year? I would love to meet and talk to some of you guys.
Comment by Kirill on May 24, 2011 at 12:53pm
Excellent team! You are doing a great job!

Comment by Jason Short on May 24, 2011 at 3:39pm

Here is a video I found on youtube with Massimo and a flying quad demo. Looking good!

Comment by Ronald Chinn on May 24, 2011 at 7:23pm
Chris, Those black DIY Drone Tee shirts look great. Any chance you'll be selling them on your site? DIY Drones coffee mugs would be cool too....
Comment by Michael Zaffuto on May 24, 2011 at 8:46pm

I am as fond as arduino as the next guy, don't have a bad thing to say about it, I harness it at work when I can (even today), have encouraged a few users by giving them arduino boards and cables and got them started on their way.  I mention this because I don't want what I say to be taken negatively in so much as it is an observation.  I noticed it as the arduino uno unfolded and a similar sequence of events will be occurring with arduino current pro development.  Arduino means a lot of different things to alot of different people.  What it has fostered to all users is the concept of open source, software and hardware, a platform for the people but only sort of by the people.  It is easy to forget that Arduino is still actually a for profit company and must protect it's intellectual property until the time is right to maximize it's return on investment.  The arduino software is open and all can participate in it's development if they so wish to....but the hardware is another story.  I am surprised somewhat that some 10000 to 15000 potential or current arduino users have not replied or asked,  What Is the Arduino Roadmap and why isn't it shared or open to the community?  Arduino customers and users and developers view Arduino as the peoples an enabler and extension of their own open work, I believe it sends mixed messages that they're working on something secret for the open community, really?  We believe in open hardware and open software but secret development, really?  Reminiscent of Google's open source android development, the latest and greatest is available only to those in the inner circle.  Where do we send the NDAs? lol


What this highlights is that there is a difference between open source software and open source hardware.  Open source software begins with a repo out in the open and involvement by all is risk.

Open source hardware development doesn't work because the risk is too high...the first one out..the first to the leader..the winner..the take the biggest piece of the pie guy..the gold standard.


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