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
"IMHO, Google is becoming more and more like Microsoft of the recent past every day. They wanted control or at least domination of the search engine world and they got it. They wanted control of the cellphone and tablet OS. They…"
"We've tested and used various Olympus E-series, Sony Nex5-7, and Canon EOS-M cameras for serious photogrammetry, as well as a GoPro Hero 2 outfitted with a 3rd party "medium wide" and a Hero 3 with stock lens for fun. We never…"
"I don't doubt that with a decent lens, GoPro's can produce decent images. But still, they can't compare to images coming from a camera like a Nex. Nor are they cost-competitive.
$450 to install a lens on the Hero3, plus…"
"Interesting sidenote: I am setting up "notfalldrohnen.com", here in Switzerland.
A volunteer "drone" service, to assist agencies in Avalanche and Landslide emergencies. The operator fires up a mobile app, and…"
"Definitely agree Oliver.
Things begin to make a lot more sense when the recipient is "known and trusted" - ie sending stuff out to your team from homebase. The destination can be GPS accurate, and spotted for potential hazards on…"
Anybody know what approximate range of the FlySky transmitter and receiver is with 3d robotics quad?
3d Robotics tells me the telemetry on board is good approximately a mile, more or less, given the terrain etc.
"By some of the responses here it just goes to show you can't please 'em all. I think this is a genius idea. You don't have to use a "huge" C Mount zoom like in the picture there - you can use a smaller M12 lens that…"
"In contrast to Bozo's silly fantasy of having shoals of quads flitting through the sprinklers and Magnolias of suburban cul-de-sacs dropping copies of Fifty Shades of Gray on manicured lawns, here we have a sensible concept of, basically,…"
"Basically there are a ton of GoPros out there and more every day.
This gives you the opportunity to put on a whole variety of tiny M or larger CS or C mount lenses on your camera.
In addition to making the infrared filter removable this allows you…"
"Not defending GoPro but I don't believe their target market is guys claiming to be professional areial photographer's. They are great cameras for the price and for what they were designed for, to "document and share your…"
"I think the attorneys who told GigaOm that the FAA "has no authority below 700 feet" were off the mark. The 2012 FMRA Section 336(a)(2) states the FAA has no authority to "promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model…"
"using a gopro for digital photographs and thinking it a good thing is like brushing your teeth with peanut butter....
maybe gopro will one day fix the problem of fisheye lenses and ship them with lens options, or they can continue to not listen to…"
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?
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 ;-)
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!!!
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.
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.