Archive / March, 2015

Replica Drone: Imperial Star Destroyer – Shadow of the Empire

Olivier “C” posted the video featured below today on his YouTube account, saying that the Star Destroyer shown in it includes a Prophecy 335 quadcopter with a custom frame made of carbon and aluminum, as well as some T-Motors brand motors and speed controllers, a LiPo battery, and some other assorted hardware.

Pretty awesome build!

You can checkout Oliver’s full build photos here.

3D Robotics releases open-source drone apps platform

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It’s like Google Play but for drones!

Unlike other APIs for drones, there are no levels of access to DroneKit; it’s completely flexible and open,” said Brandon Basso, VP of software engineering at 3DR. “The platform works on laptops as well as mobile devices. Best of all, once an app is created, the app automatically works on any computing platform—the interface is always the same.

Checkout DroneKit here.

Lifeguard Drones Deliver Help to Drowning Victims

Should you ever find yourself drowning, help may come not from Baywatch-esque lifeguards running in slow motion, but from the sky. A beach in Chile is piloting a program of lifeguard drones that can zip out over the sea and drop a life preserver to struggling swimmers, buying time for the human lifeguard to retrieve them.

Check it out.

Read more on Slate.

Drone Thermal Search & Rescue Setup – TBS Discovery

The lads from TBS show how a thermal camera could be setup on a UAV to identify lost survivors in bushland. True thermal cameras are still relatively expensive, so it’s probably not something most of use would have access to right now. However, we’re seeing more an more Kickstarter campaigns around thermal imaging and it’s only a matter of time before thermal cameras are in reach of the average drone enthusiast.

An Apple Drone? This Concept Does the Apple Styling Justice

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Many major tech companies are eyeing drones — Amazon, Google and even Facebook. It’s unclear at this point whether Apple wants in, too, but one designer has envisioned what the company’s version of a drone might look like if it ever launched one.

German designer Eric Huisman mocked up a sleek drone concept called the Apple Quadcopter, which has a minimalistic black-and-white design. It’s very, well, Apple.

Source: Mashable

Learn to Fly FPV with HobbyKing’s 250 FPV Mini Quadcopter

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Mini quads are the new black, mainly because they can be fast, nimble, but above, they’re cheap. And being cheap it means you can crash them and repair them cost effectively. Probably can’t say the same for a DJI Phantom!

Hobbyking came out with their own 250 mini quad recently and it certainly ticks all the boxes. These kits come with everything except the flight controller board, they recommend a KK board, radio control and FPV gear.

These little quads are great for people who want to learn to fly FPV and don’t want to worry about crashing an expensive quad. At around the $120 for the frame, motors ESC’s, battery and props, if you have a radio sitting around, you’ll have yourself an FPV setup for under $300 once you buy an FPV camera and receiver.

For details, checkout the Hobbyking product page.