Chris Anderson's Blog – January 2012 Archive (21)

A quad with everything for less than $100

HobbyKing's done it again. Check out this deal: their mini-quad with four motors for $33.95! (Or $31.95 if you just let your browser sit open on that page for a few…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 29, 2012 at 8:30pm — 33 Comments

Drone hacking tonight at Ace Monster Toys hackerspace in Oakland

Please join me and other Bay Area UAV fans for a "drone hacking night" at the Ace Monster Toys hackerspace in Oakland. It will start at 7:00pm at the space at …

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 25, 2012 at 10:06am — 7 Comments

Warning from the LAPD--do not use UAVs commercially!

Please see this warning from the Los Angeles Police Department, sent to the California Association of Realtors. Discussion on helifreak here.  More background and discussion …

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 24, 2012 at 10:00pm — 114 Comments

Microsoft announces sensor fusion support in Windows 8

Although both iOS and Android devices allow developers to get access to gyro/accel/mag data fusion output, it's not as low-level as developers of autopilots would like. Make Windows 8 will get closer.

From…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 24, 2012 at 8:54pm — 9 Comments

Check out this open access robotics journal

It's free and open! Current issue has an interesting paper on sensorless control of DC motors with a Kalman filter. 

The journal covers:

"...international activities that relate to the design (mechanical, control architectures, actorics, sensorics...), experimental results and applications of:

  • Autonomous Robotic Vehicles (aerial, ground, underwater)
  • Wheeled…
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Added by Chris Anderson on January 23, 2012 at 6:41pm — 6 Comments

3D-printed helicopter blades

A perfect combination of my twin passions, 3D printing and copters! From Hackaday:

If you’re like us, you’ve been infatuated with the small RC helicopter you picked up on Amazon up until the point where it careened off a wall and broke its…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 23, 2012 at 6:35pm — 5 Comments

Great lecture on the Outback Challenge by APM developer Andrew Tridgell

Andrew Tridgell ("Tridge") is a well-known programmer in the open source world (Samba, etc) and one of the leaders of the APM dev team. His UAV team, CanberraUAV, will be competing in this year's Outback Challenge with an APM-powered Telemaster, and at the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 22, 2012 at 1:04pm — 29 Comments

APM-powered hexacopter project on Kickstarter

Very impressive design and what looks like top-quality components. [UPDATE: It appears to be a stock Xaircraft frame that costs $160. Thanks to the commenters for catching this].…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 21, 2012 at 12:30am — 111 Comments

ArduPilot 2012 Software Roadmap

About once a year we post our software roadmap for the next 12 months. Last year, we promised we would take ArduPlane and ArduCopter into their 2.x generation, with full two-way MAVLink control and a full featured ground station…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 16, 2012 at 10:00pm — 46 Comments

DIY Drones demo at Tokyo hackerspace draws a crowd

Randy MacKay and Jiro Hattori did an ArduCopter demo at Tokyo Hackerspace and according to the Robot Dreams report it set an attendance record! See the full article for more pictures…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 12, 2012 at 12:56pm — 3 Comments

ARF ArduPlane price cut to $675!

Looks like the guys at Udrones listened to the community feedback on their pricing for the ARF ArduPlane. They cut the price by a third to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 11, 2012 at 10:30pm — 8 Comments

Quadcopters team up as construction bots

More coolness from the Vicon motion capture room of U Penn's GRASP Lab. Quads work together to assemble a structure faster. 

(viaengadget)

Added by Chris Anderson on January 9, 2012 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Parrot AR.Drone 2 announced, adds HD vid, baro

At CES today, Parrot announced the latest updates to its AR.Drone. The most interesting bits are higher resolution video and an onboard baro sensor that will allow it to fly higher than sonar range outside. The phone/tablet app also has a better FPV mode. 

Here's the full text of the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 8, 2012 at 6:52pm — 24 Comments

DIY Drones at 21,000 members!

As is customary and traditional, we celebrate every new 1,000 members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's 21,000!

There were more than 1.23m page views this month, which is a record. It just took us four weeks to get this latest 1,000 members--we're averaging about one new member every 43…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 8, 2012 at 12:00pm — 14 Comments

Announcing T3-2, Round Two: the autotakeoff and landing round

It's time for the second round of the second season of the Trust Time Trial (T3) competion! This round is an autotakeoff and landing round, with 3D waypoints. Like the last round, there are two divisions: plane and…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 6, 2012 at 7:00pm — 44 Comments

Coming soon: APM-powered "Occucopters"

This is "25-year-old Tim Pool — an internationally known journalist who attracts tens of thousands of viewers to his live-stream broadcasts from Occupy Wall Street protests in New York, DC, LA and other cities. (His feeds and archival footage are also aired on mainstream networks such as NBC.)", according…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 6, 2012 at 1:30pm — 9 Comments

Camera tracking with an AR.Drones and the EZ-Robot controller

Here's a cool hack of the Parrot AR.Drone using the EZ Robot controller board (a PIC32 board with bluetooth and some very easy to use desktop software). It tracks the color red and chases him around the room!

(via …

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 4, 2012 at 11:50am — 3 Comments

UAVs as robotic construction drones

This definitely counts as more sci-fi than practical reality, but a South Korean team has proposed using a cloud of "robotic bees" to squirt building material to form structures the way bees make nests. …

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 3, 2012 at 6:00pm — 10 Comments

Android Neural-Network-driven Autonomous Car

This is awesome and a great candidate project for the PhoneDrone Android/RC interface board. 

From the creator:

Recently, I have been refreshing my knowledge of…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 3, 2012 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

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