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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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avionics commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Latest musical drone composition from Kmel
"Justt looking forward to the day we go to concerts played by the robots :-)"
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Latest musical drone composition from Kmel

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Chris Anderson replied to Steffen Kupka's discussion Problem to connect Bluetooth to APM
"This is how it should be connected (see attached image) I just tested and it worked fine with Andropilot"
9 hours ago
Toby Lankford commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"I agree one hundred percent Bill.  In the meantime if we can be good ambassadors for the hobby, we can negate the reputation that drones have from the military and intelligence operations.  That will be important as we look to the populace…"
9 hours ago
Bill Piedra commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"In the meantime, following common sense guidelines seems to be the best idea.  "
9 hours ago
Bill Piedra commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"The FAA seems to be working hard to alienate themselves from people who fly any kind of 'drone' for any reason.  What's likely to happen is a grassroots groundswell that will delay any new regulation from becoming law for a long…"
9 hours ago
Billy Ellyson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"Thanks Ken and others. I am curious what kind of GPS surveys are in demand from a drone."
12 hours ago
Monroe Lee King Jr. commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"Man this crap is depressing! I'm gonna step out of politics and get some air see if I can help out some others. Your a good bunch of guy's"
12 hours ago
Ken Gaines commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"That's exactly how I plan to bill my stuff out. I do GPS surveys on a regular basis for clients. Having a UAV taking pictures is the obvious next step. Hell, don't even put the imagery on the bill/invoice. If you do any analysis (feature…"
13 hours ago
Monroe Lee King Jr. commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"That's interesting Ken."
13 hours ago
Ken Gaines commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"The way to still say you are a hobbyist is to bill the whole thing out as a "GPS SURVEY" and put "NO CHARGE" on the imagery line item. You aren't profiting from it...no harm no foul."
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Monroe Lee King Jr. commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"Agreed it's off topic. Fight or Flight take your choices move your men Pass go and collect $200 or Go to jail. Either way your a player like it or not roll and take what you get or quit the game and fight. The way I see it the moon and mars are…"
13 hours ago
Monroe Lee King Jr. commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
" Hugues I think your taking a right step. Not that what I think really matters to you. But do think about this. The biggest bastard makes the rules and if it's not him it's the guy with the gold.  I really really wish it could be…"
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Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"Unfortunately in our time, largely through media sensationalism, safety has become the overwhelming central issue to the unfortunate demise of liberty. Liberty was what made our country great and now we are throwing it all away so that we can be…"
13 hours ago
Monroe Lee King Jr. commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"Well you only need to be right once to make progress."
14 hours ago
Shawn Thorvilson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"You're right about one thing Monroe...it doesn't make sense."
14 hours ago
Monroe Lee King Jr. commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"Taking donations would have worked for a time. Right now I cant remember all the legal eagle on that but there was a way to do that and it was commonly known. I forget where that was useful in my past but there was a way to do it. You may need a…"
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Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"Hi Billy, there could probably be assorted legal workarounds if there were anything legal that actually related to this. Unfortunately, the FAA itself is acting completely without any legal substantiation for what they are doing. It is hard to have…"
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Billy Ellyson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"Has anyone figured out how to get around the not making any money part? Can you not charge for the flight but charge for initial consultation? Ask for donations? There has to be a legal work around, after all this is merica where I have a right to…"
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Chris Anderson replied to Brandon Clifford's discussion Super Weird Issue! Un flyable Quad
"Please report APM Planner issues here"
14 hours ago

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Latest musical drone composition from Kmel

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 10:30pm 1 Comment

Oh, the cool things you can do when you have a Vicon motion capture room!

Paper-thin Arduino for a DIY blimp

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 2:00pm 5 Comments

From Makezine:

Want to build your own blimp? The folks at Ynvisible show you how to do just that with balloons, helium, balsa wood, paperclips, motors, and Printoo, …

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Self-learning copter uses neural networks

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 10:50am 1 Comment

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Though this project uses an RC helicopter, it’s merely a vessel to demonstrate a fascinating …

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FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 10:48am 61 Comments

From ABC News in Denver:

DENVER - The Federal Aviation Administration announced Tuesday that it…

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"Spain's ban on drones is a punch in the gut for its film industry"

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Comment Wall (109 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,
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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,
T3
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,
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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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