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Apr 07 2011

Drone photos: Fukushima Dai-ichi Aerials

Pictures speak for themselves: “On March 24, 2011, a small unmanned drone flew over and photographed the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, giving a bird's eye view of the damage.”   http://photos.oregonlive.com/photo-essay/2011/03/fukushima_dai-ichi_aerials.html

Mar 17 2011

Microdrones on NPR

NPR just posted an interesting piece on drones- It's A Bird! It's A Plane! It's A Drone!  The piece highlights their growing popularity, the challenges of gaining FAA approval and interviews Chris Anderson of DIYDrones (and founder of Wired).

Hopefully this will stimulate the FAA to finally unleash the microdrone revolution!

Feb 21 2011

Time to Kinect!

Microsoft to release Kinect for Windows SDK this spring!

Microsoft will be releasing the Kinect for Windows SDK. According to Microsoft, "It will be available this spring as a free download, and will give academic researchers and enthusiasts access to key pieces of the Kinect system-such as the audio technology, system application programming interfaces and direct control of the Kinect sensor itself."

From: http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/21/microsoft-to-release-kinect-for-windows-sdk-this-spring/

Microsoft: http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_blog/archive/2011/02/21/kinect-for-windows-sdk-to-arrive-spring-2011.aspx

Feb 18 2011

Nano Hummingbird boggles the mind

This is a live video streaming aircraft.  Need I say anymore?!

AeroViroment develops operational unmanned aircraft for DARPA that looks like a hummingbird: http://bit.ly/eVVTM2

Feb 04 2011

Google Art Project: Time for a Google Ecology Project?

Google Earth has gone indoors in 3D- just another level of real-world linkage across local to global scales.  With Google Art Project- you can use Google Streetview to go into museum galleries and browse art in high resolution: http://www.googleartproject.com.


This has really got me thinking: can we get our 3D ground scanning methods to bring us into the forest in 3D? I love the idea- can we make it happen?

Jan 24 2011

From Wired UK: Kinect hack builds 3D maps of the real world

Wow!  This from http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2011-01/24/3d-kinect-map 

“Noted Kinect-tinkerer Martin Szarski has used a car, a laptop, an Android smartphone and the aforementioned Xbox 360 peripheral to make a DIY-equivalent of Google Street View….  All he needs to do is drive down his street, as the Kinect, laptop and Android team log a series of colour images, 3D point clouds and global positions into a collection of data points. Throw those into a custom-made program, and voila; you have a 3D model of your street, and its geo-tagged for easy placement on an map like Google Earth.”

It looks like we had better get a Kinect for the Lab!

Jan 24 2011

DC police using drones

A disturbing headline at the Washington Post: “Privacy issues hover over police drone use”.

Alas, it appears that this very small “WASP” drone is giving people another reason to dislike drones.


And just when drones are getting to be more fun then ever!  Will the AR.Drone be banned?

Jan 24 2011

New Website for Micro Aerial Projects

Just received notice by email from Micro Aerial Project informing me that their new website (http://www.microaerialprojects.com) has recently been uploaded and that we should visit their products page for information regarding our Microdrone UAVs and their payloads. 

I've had a look, and they do indeed have some very cool stuff for sale- but at a starting price of $15K- is there any reason to go with this solution over what is on offer from Mikrokopter?



Jan 15 2011

Easystar clones- which is best for Ecosynth?

On DIYDrones there is a "Roundup of all the EasyStar clones":



Can anyone tell me which of these would be the best for Ecosynth work?

Your thoughts?


EDIT by Jonathan 1/17: Originally posted link is broken, here is a working link.