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

APM 2 update -- Ordering reopened!

Good news: APM 2 preorders have reopened. You can now choose it with the onboard GPS or without, so can use an external GPS or any other supported GPS module (the Ublox GS406/407 can be used with…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 27, 2012 at 1:30pm — 49 Comments

A REALLY DIY quadcopter

Wow. Florian did his own motor controllers, RC (via Xbee) and everything else. From Hackaday

We think [FlorianH] did a bang-up job of …

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 27, 2012 at 10:33am — 9 Comments

All-PCB quadcopter

Another cool one from Hackaday today.

[Frank] managed to pull together an impressive collection of features when developing the project. First off, the quadcopter itself uses all-PCB…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 24, 2012 at 3:50pm — 2 Comments

Variable pitch quads fly upside down

Check out those flips! From Hackaday

Straight from the Aerospace Controls Laboratory comes a variable-pitch quadrocopterdesigned by [Mark Cutler] and [Jonathan P. Howe].…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 24, 2012 at 1:28pm — 36 Comments

An Australian drone-based aerial imaging business

Not legal yet in the US without a COA, but apparently allowed in Australia. FromMakezine:

The emerging story of entrepreneurs using drones to provide marketable…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 24, 2012 at 1:07pm — 5 Comments

Arduino control of a camera lens

If your UAV is big enough to carry a DLSR, here's a great way to control the lens. From Hackaday:

[Vladimir] built …

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 24, 2012 at 1:05pm — 4 Comments

Beautiful octocopter video

From Robots.net:

This image is not cgi or a miniature; it is a real mountain slope where artist Sonja Hinrichsen created this beautiful pattern simply by walking in circles. The robotic perspective of this concept is the way the photos and the video were shot, not by a helicopter but by a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 23, 2012 at 10:06am — 4 Comments

NYT hosts debate over domestic drones

The New York Times invited some policy analysts to debate the issues surrounding the introduction of drones into the domestic airspace. Not a lot new here, but interesting to see this reach the mainstream media. 

You can read the whole thing …

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 21, 2012 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Finally, a good article on "drone journalism"

ABC News Australia has a thorough piece on the state of "drone journalism", which gives some good examples and cuts through the sort of silliness that characterized some earlier reports, such as those…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 21, 2012 at 8:00am — 53 Comments

MelbourneUAV Outback Challenge entry goes down hard

Sorry to see this. It was a beautiful bird (see below). It used the AttoPilot autopilot. 



From the team's Twitter feed

We had an RC Lockout in…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 19, 2012 at 5:03pm — 15 Comments

Sphere quad

From Hackaday:

[Jouni] sent in his quadrocopter build that was inspired by the Japanese spherebot we…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 19, 2012 at 9:54am — 2 Comments

"Printing Drones by the Sheet"

John Robb has a great post which riffs on the Harvard work we wrote about last year on "pop-up fabrication" of micro flyers (shown in the video above).

The FAA currently estimates that there will be 30,000…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 16, 2012 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

"Domestic drones aren't violating privacy laws": Stanford legal expert

Ryan Calo, a Stanford law professor who specializes in the legal implications of new technologies, published an article the Stanford Law Review in December that I've only just now read. It's very interesting and worth reading the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 16, 2012 at 8:44pm — 1 Comment

Fast Company article on drones used by Hollywood

"Unmanned Drones go from Afghanistan to Hollywood". A few small errors, but otherwise pretty sound. Excerpts:

This past January, the Los Angeles Police Department…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 16, 2012 at 8:26pm — 8 Comments

Hunters shoot down Mikrokopter used by animal rights group to film pigeon shoot

From the Times and Democrat newspaper in South Carolina:

A remote-controlled aircraft owned by an animal rights group was reportedly shot down near Broxton Bridge Plantation Sunday.

Steve Hindi, president of SHARK (SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness), said his group was preparing to launch its Mikrokopter…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 15, 2012 at 8:30am — 69 Comments

Kinect Gesture-Controlled RC helicopter

From Makezine:

Forbes blogger TJ McCue sent us a link to this awesome Kinect project with gesture-controls an S107 RC Helicopter. The builder, cdoughty29 on YouTube, writes:

The…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 14, 2012 at 11:27pm — 4 Comments

Francis Fukuyama, DIY Droner

Famous author and public intellectual Francis Fukuyama, ("End of History", etc) is now a DIY Droner! He's blogging his project here. He's just doing a RC quad now, but no doubt now that he's got the bug he'll be shooting for more "real drone" things soon…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 13, 2012 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

Quad vs Quad GPS Position Hold Combat!

Here's a fun competition between a KK navboard quad and one flying the Ardupirates version of the ArduCopter code. They're set to the same GPS position hold target and then, well, watch the video....Very dramatic ending!

Added by Chris Anderson on February 9, 2012 at 11:58am — 10 Comments

DIY Drones at 22,000 members!

As is customary and traditional, we celebrate every new 1,000 members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's 22,000!

There were more than 1.33 million 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…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 9, 2012 at 8:25am — 4 Comments

DIY Drones on NPR's Science Friday

I was on NPR's Science Friday yesterday talking about drones, along with "Wired for War" author Peter Singer and MIT unmanned systems professor Missy Cummings.  You can hear it here. And welcome all the listeners who are new members…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 4, 2012 at 11:23am — 5 Comments

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