White House official highlights DIY Drones in innovation speech!

O'Reilly Radar has a cool report on a speech at Maker Faire last week by White House Office of Science and Technology official Thomas Kalil.

Key sentence: "We are seeing the early beginnings of a powerful Maker innovation ecosystem. New products and services will allow individuals to not only Design it Yourself, but Make it Yourself and Sell it Yourself."

He highlighted DIY Drones as a good example of that: "For example, one community called DIYDrones has developed a $500 unmanned aerial vehicle using open source chip sets and gyroscopes."

The full speech is here.

(picture from Kalil's talk earlier this year at AUVSI)

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Comment by Krzysztof Bosak on October 4, 2010 at 1:57pm
"open source chip sets "
That pretty much sums it up. He has no clue, but something is moving on in good direction. Keep up the good work!
Comment by Dean on October 4, 2010 at 2:02pm
Bozak - you got to filter for the speaker and understand. His persepctive is black-ops cold war nonsense. Most regular people think UAVs are just soooo advanced and other nonsense, such that "real" UAVs are products of secret development programs.

I openly buy my chips from Digikey, Mouser, etc. They are not custom silicon.

Comment by Krzysztof Bosak on October 5, 2010 at 1:44am
Cmon he lived for 20 years in post-cold war era...
BTW are there any widely used open-source chips in the world? Maybe some free VHDL code for FPGAs?
Comment by Andrew Rabbitt on October 5, 2010 at 9:47pm
It's always bad when the government takes notice because:

a) they didn't do anything to help it happen
b) they'll take the credit for it happening anyway
c) they'll get involved and wrap it all in pretty red tape.


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