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Feedback on new manuals

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Submit your ArduCopter configuration files here

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ArduCopter 2.3 released

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About Me:
I'm CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones. I'm the former Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine, author of The Long Tail (Hyperion, 2006), FREE (Hyperion, 2009) and Makers (Crown, 2012) and founder of GeekDad.com

You can find more about me at my About.me page here: http://about.me/andersonchris
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
Fixed wing and quads. Mostly for fun and development. With kids as often as they allow!
Hometown:
Berkeley, California

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Joe Marrone commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New 3DR autopilot: Pixhawk Mini
"Maciej Sorry to hear about your dilemma. I too bought a Pixhawk mini and ran into a similar problem. In my case, I need the second TELEM port to connect to a companion computer (ie, Raspberry Pi), but I was unaware it only had one TELEM port, which…"
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Marc Dornan commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New 3DR autopilot: Pixhawk Mini
"If you are in the US get an XUAV x2 from mrobotics."
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Maciej Winiarczyk commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New 3DR autopilot: Pixhawk Mini
"Well, I presume from this silence, that ADC port in 3DR Pixhawk Mini is just exaggerated claim thanks to which I've lost time and money. At least I've learned what not to buy in the future and what not to recommend to others. Money well…"
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Hein du Plessis commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Test results on indoor positioning technologies
"Great comparison - I take it Y is CM?"
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Erdem commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk Mini now just $92 on Amazon
"Hello,  Is "unreliable MPU9250 IMU" issue fixed? Are the new batches works normal or all of the units have the same problem?"
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Erdem commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk Mini now just $139
"Hello,  Is "unreliable MPU9250 IMU" issue fixed? Are the new batches works normal or all of the units have the same problem?"
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Mateusz Sadowski commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Test results on indoor positioning technologies
"Thanks for the info Chris! Given the complexity of the test area the 0.27 cm mean error of the best team is very impressive!"
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Maciej Winiarczyk commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New 3DR autopilot: Pixhawk Mini
"I am upgrading my plane from old APM board to Pixhawk. I bought 3DR Pixhawk Mini instead of full size Pixhawk because in product description it states that it does have ADC port, which I need for my analog airspeed sensor. Well, I've spent half…"
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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Hands on review of new LIDARs, from $1,000 solid-state 3D to $5 1D range finder
"Looks like it's $125 each for the bare chips. Not sure if anyone is selling them in a ready-to-use form factor yet, but definitely worth watching."
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Thomas Butler commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Hands on review of new LIDARs, from $1,000 solid-state 3D to $5 1D range finder
"Another option and perhaps better solution will be the new RADAR chips from TI. Originally intended for automotive use they are releasing an industrial version too.  None of the problems associated with LASER ranging. These are uses to detect…"
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Chris Anderson replied to jim zor's discussion Gps(back to base)
"Yes, ArduRover supports boats. But the 8-bit APM 2.8 has not been supported for years, so please switch to the 32-bit Pixhawk or one of its clones."
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Hands on review of new LIDARs, from $1,000 solid-state 3D to $5 1D range finder

I've been doing hands-on reviews of new LIDAR units over at our sister site, DIY Robocars. If you're interested in LIDAR, check them out there:---New…See More
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Chris Anderson replied to Kevin's discussion Benewake Solid-State LiDAR CE30【Update Log 2018.4.10】
"My hand-on first impressions of this are here. Right now it looks very good, but need Python support and currently does not compile on ARM-based Linux computers, such as RaspberryPi"
Apr 10

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Chris Anderson commented on Tsuru Robotics's blog post World's First Graffiti Drone (Part 2)
"Really impressive precision flight with indoor positioning system. Bravo!"
Apr 5
CarbonCore commented on Chris Anderson's blog post The DIY Drones Mission (aka The Five Rules)
"I've Read the Rules. I'm already enjoying being back on the forum! Proud to say I feel confident with ArduPilot after using it in PixHawks for four years. Very much enjoying the new PixHawk Cube 2.1.  I am CarbonCore Ltd in Yorkshire…"
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Chris Anderson commented on Jiaqi Hu's blog post Coax Helicopter Drone
"Is this a clone of the Sprite?"
Mar 29
Andrei Covalenco commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduPlane User Group
"Hi ArduPlane fans, For all of you interested in the Internet of Drones platform which we are developing, please join to this group https://diydrones.com/groups/705844:Group:2432557?xg_source=msg_appr_groupAmong the many benefits provided by the…"
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Chris Anderson replied to John Arnold's discussion Be careful everyone - please read this thread - look out for scams
"She's been deleted. Sorry about that. Every now and then, one of them gets through but if you let us know about abuse we can ban them immediately"
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Chris Anderson replied to Andrew Loomis's discussion An Open-Source, Modular, VR Drone based on Raspberry Pi
"Yes, I got that. But that sort of non-realtime 360 experience been easy to do for year with things like Kodak 360 (see our video from two years ago below). And real-time is easy to do with a gimbal. So perhaps there's something in between that…"
Mar 18

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Test results on indoor positioning technologies

Posted on April 18, 2018 at 2:00pm 2 Comments

Very interesting results from the Microsoft indoor localization competition. Basically my two favorite…

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Hands on review of new LIDARs, from $1,000 solid-state 3D to $5 1D range finder

Posted on April 14, 2018 at 3:06pm 2 Comments

I've been doing hands-on reviews of new LIDAR units over at our sister site, DIY Robocars. If you're interested in LIDAR, check them out there:

---New…

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Cool landscape photography with a 3DR Solo and high-powered lights

Posted on March 10, 2018 at 5:32pm 2 Comments

Really interesting technique from Reuben Wu of the band Ladytron, who uses a 3DR Solo carrying bright lights to illuminate landscapes in ways that otherwise wouldn't be possible. 

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Indoor positioning with OpenMV cam

Posted on March 5, 2018 at 7:40pm 4 Comments

A cool project from Kaz Kojima uses an OpenMV cam to track a drone, like a poor man's Vicon system:

openMV+ESP32

Screen shot of opemMV…

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Background on the amazing Intel drone swarm demo at the Olympics

Posted on February 11, 2018 at 4:24pm 5 Comments

Here's some background on the amazing Intel drone displays at the Olympics. 

Wired article here

Intel video:…

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Comment Wall (118 comments)

At 5:58pm on July 11, 2007, Jeffrey Johnson said…
Great talking to you today. We are on it with using your designs here, and look forward to dovetailing our efforts. Power to the PictEarth People!
At 10:13pm on January 2, 2008, Dhrumil said…
Thanks for setting this up.
At 12:12am on February 8, 2008, Mark L said…
Hey Chris,

I just read your post on UAVs and I'm wondering if there's anywhere that one could purchase a pre-made UAV...couldn't find one on ebay.
I run a network of websites, www.ballerhouse.com, and am considering featuring a UAV article. Can you point me in the direction of where someone could purchase one? If so, what other info should my readers know?
Thanks!
Mark L
markl@ballerhouse.com
At 12:17am on February 8, 2008,
3D Robotics
Chris Anderson
said…
The cheapest commercial one is around $7,000 (cropcam.com). The cheapest *good* one is around $10,000 (http://www.procerusuav.com/). That's why we started this site, to bring the price down below $1,000.

We're *DIY* Drones--buying one premade isn't the point ;-)
At 6:41pm on February 28, 2008,
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William Premerlani
said…
Chris,
If you want to do a Q&A with me, that would be fine.

The reason for the board is that my son and I thought it would be fun to build our own board, develop theory, and write firmware. We were inspired by Maynard Hill, who came to town and gave a talk.
We got our feet wet with a rapid-prototyping board mounted on an RC truck, and then build our own board for a sailplane. We bought our parts from SparkFun. Nathan Seidle, the ownder of Sparkfun, asked me what we were doing, I told him, he offered to build a surface mount board for me.
My son and I spent a few delightful summers getting the firmware working. At the time, our goal was to play, to just do some interesting things with it, without any goal in mind. When we were done, we had something that worked to our satisfaction, Nathan asked if he could sell it, we gave him permission.
We recognized that what we had was not a full-fletched autopilot, but that it might be interesting to anyone wanting to tinker with the controller. They could build on our firmware, if they wanted, or start from stratch, if they were ambitious.
By the way, the main reason we used assembly language was that my son had never written any, and he wanted to learn. He had used lots of other languages, but not assembly.
As far as what people are doing with my board, you probably have more information than I have!! The only person I've talked to so far is a member of diydrones. All I know is that the board is selling well at SparkFun, with no complaints.
By the way, the reason the board has been backordered for so long is that the vendor of the GPS replaced their ET301 with an ET312 at the same time that SparkFun was automating their board production, resulting in some defective boards. Even after we worked out the hardware problems, there was a subtle change in the ET312 that caused some problems. Every board that SparkFun builds is tested with the full firmware running, and the boards were not passing. We finally figured out what was wrong, production is resumed, I guess they are catching up on backorders.
All of the work my son and I was deliberately done in a vacuum...we didn't do any research on what other people were doing. We made some mistakes (that was the point) and had some fun.
My background is an electrical engineer with strengths in control theory, mathematics, and theory of flight.
I work at GE's research labs, I've been there for 33 years.
You might want to do a Google on "William Premerlani" to see what I have been up to. Much of it has to do with software development...you gave me a good chuckle when you said in your review that you wondered why we hadn't used C...the answer is, it would have been too easy!!!
Bill
At 10:52pm on March 22, 2008, Elisa said…
any time if u like to have a wet dip & country village food, come over try our our boats,(planty of spcae for plane flys
elisa
At 6:02pm on March 26, 2008, T-Rex said…
I heard you on Talk of the Nation today...great job! I did not get to hear the whole show, but definately heard the part about your "robotics" site and 3-axis accelerometers. You, my friend, rock!

By the way, thanks for the advice about starting out in R/C with a foamie...else I would not have made it past my first flight attempts.
At 6:27pm on March 26, 2008,
3D Robotics
Chris Anderson
said…
Thanks! I wanted to say "3-axis MEMS accelerometer" but I held back for the sake of the NPR audience ;-)
At 10:44pm on April 4, 2008, Simon Pan said…
Hey Chris,

I won honorable mention, best in category, best in engineering, 550$, and an internship offer, at the state science & engineering fair. (The winners were a guy who did computer simulations of bird flu epidemics to determine the best method to distribute a limited supply of antivirals, a girl who developed an advanced, complex robotic vision algorithm which could detect blobs in foggy areas and high altitude ranges, and a guy who figured out a method to stem the growth of certain forms of cancer, so it was a humbling experience).

I just wanted to thank you for making this website and for your great documention and projects, because without them I'd probably still be trying to figure out how to connect the GPS receiver to the Stamp.

Thanks!

- Simon
At 8:26am on May 10, 2008, Huckleberry said…
Thanks Chris,

Been following along for some time (geekdad) and just bought a Blubberbot for something to do over the summer holidays... thinking about the project possibilities for my kids in electronics 11/12 ... hmmm blimp racing? Anyway, great to be here.

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