Coming soon – New "mRo Location One" a CAN GPS sensor.

At mRobotics our commitment continues with the DIY community. From San Diego California we design and manufacture the necessary hardware to build platforms and solutions based on Ardupilot and PX4. And now we show you the next high-tech GPS that has build-in CAN, which includes many and special improvements to achieve maximum accuracy in positioning and guidance for safe navigation.One of them is that we have incorporated the RM3100, a new Geomagnetic Sensor. Like a pair of glasses, the RM3100 Geomagnetic Sensor enables you to see magnetic fields clearly.  The RM3100 Geomagnetic Sensor is the highest performance sensor in its class with over 10 times better resolution and over 20 times lower noise than the leading Hall Effect sensor. It makes precise magnetic field measurements, which…

Open Tech for Global Reforestation

We are the Dronecoria team, and we believe technology can help to fight the climate crisis. One of the most effective ways to mitigate climate change and restore the health of our ecosystems is reforestation. To speed up this process we invented Dronecoria; an open source set of tools for large scale, low cost reforestation. And we just launched a Crowdfunding campaign to improve this objectives, here is the video: If we raise enough, we will do a pilot test to show the success rate of a reforestation of 30.000 trees in Spain. Our goal is also to give this drones for free to different environmental organizations around the world: in Australia, Thailand, Brazil, Paraguay, Kenya and Madagascar, to scale up large scale reforestation with drones, and build…

Drone obstacle avoidance in 2003: 264 pixels and 8-bit processors

Figure 1: (left) Foam drone with optical flow sensor mounted under a wing, Summer 2001. (right) Foam drone with optical flow sensors for attempted obstacle avoidance, Summer 2002. Today it is universally acknowledged that drones operating close to the ground need some sort of obstacle avoidance. What I am about to tell is the story of our own first attempt at putting obstacle avoidance on a drone, during the years 2001 through 2003, using neuromorphic artificial insect vision hardware. I enjoy telling this story, since the lessons learned run contrary to even current practice but, upon reflection, should be common sense. I learned an important lesson that is still relevant today: The best results are obtained with a systemic approach in which the drone and any obstacle avoidance hardware are holistically co-…

Upgrading this site to Ning 3.0 (beta testers needed!)

Hey, all 91,000 of you! After way too many years of an old-skool design here based on the original Ning network template of 2007, I’m thinking it’s time to upgrade to the more modern Ning 3.0 service. It should be much more usable on mobile, big screens and otherwise the responsive, social-friendly platform you’d expect today.  It’s also an opportunity to clean up the site without losing more than 13 years of content (which is a lot! Millions of pages…).  I’ve set up a staging site where we can see and refine this site on Ning 3.0 before making the formal switchover.  It’s here. Would you like to help me update the site for a new decade? If so, please PM me and I’ll give you edit access to…

Making the World a Little Greener by Getting Your Hands Dirty

For those of us who want to make an impact on the world that we live in, it’s difficult to know where to start. Recycling and reducing your waste is always a great start. While it seems like a Sisyphean effort at times, it’s well worth the effort to know that you’re having an impact on the world that you live on. If everyone just took a little more time out of their day to do so, the world would be a lot better for it. Recycling doesn’t have to just mean separating your paper and glass from your other waste, it can go a good deal deeper than that. Turning something old and otherwise unwanted or unusable into something functional and beautiful can be an excellent …

mRo Control Zero A High-End Nano Autopilot

mRo Control Zero F7 a High-End Nano Autopilot… The smallest and most powerful autopilot in the world of its kind created for a high-end unmanned vehicle builders! mRo Control Zero, at its core, is a universal development board and is fully compatible with Ardupilot and soon PX4. We have designed the mRo Control Zero in such a way so that it is highly customizable and adapts to industrial needs that are required, our new autopilot includes all libraries and examples that allow initializing and accessing all the sensors and functions of the board directly through our reference code and another very important thing, the manufacturing process is completely different from the conventional one which makes it much safer and more efficient. Main Features:- Main Processor…

IKEA Time Travel Experiment Viral Videos

Funny Viral Video Series Makes You Wonder! The viral video series that is coming out of IKEA lately is quite funny you seriously do have to check it out! So what all are they doing? Well they are doing something so funny that after just 24 hours they already had 1 million viewers. It is definitely not easy to get results like that and you truly have to be on your A game with your video production! So this video, what is it about already already?!  Somebody came up with a funny idea to basically hypnotize random customers that come into IKEA and to get them go into a random new room after being hypnotized by a professional and to just go along with the experiment. They were all…

Remote ID Proposal Outlaws Home-built RC Aircraft

I want to clear up a myth about the FAA’s proposed remote ID rules that I’ve been seeing floating around. People think that amateur home-built model aircraft will be largely unaffected by this, since they can just fly at AMA fields. Or people think that to build and fly model aircraft outside of AMA fields, all they would have to do is slap some kind of transponder on their model and they are good to go. This is completely wrong. This proposal will effectively outlaw home-built model aircraft as most people actually build them.  The reason for this is the production standards. The proposal contains two completely different types of rules: operational rules and production rules. The operational rules allow UAS without remote ID to…

UAVCAN v1.0 is here

Greetings. This is a cross-post from the ArduPilot blog. UAVCAN was first announced six years ago, in early 2014, as an RFC doc published on this website. Over the following few years, it saw adoption in numerous systems – mostly UAV, naturally, but also including spacecraft, micromobility vehicles, and even racing cars. The vast empirical data collected from fielded systems over the years allowed us to identify the weak points in the design and eventually enabled us to come up with the rectified, field-proven stable design which we call UAVCAN v1.0. The stable version was first announced about 18 months ago. Expectedly, the fact that v1.0 breaks wire compatibility with the original design based on that first RFC caused concern among the adopters. The resistance is understandable …

200 meters in the bright African sun

LightWare is delighted to launch our new long range microLiDAR™. The SF30/D is ideal for altitude management above 400 feet. Each SF30/D is range tested in the bright African sun to ensure super performance in the hands of our customers. The SF30/D laser measurement sensor provides real time, accurate altitude (AGL) measurements for UAVs. The lightweight 36 gram design features a time-of-flight range up to 200 meters (656 feet), and an update rate up to 20K readings per second. Typical applications: The SF30/D is ArduPilot compatible, and laser Class 1M eye safe.  Now in stock: LightWare SF30/D

New Funko Pop Figurine Proceeds to Benefit Australian Bush Fire Victims

Since September 2019, heavy bush fires have consumed much of the Australian landscape. The fires, now mostly contained, thanks to heavy rains across the country, have destroyed upwards of 10,000,000 acres.  Additionally, more than 1 billion of the region’s wildlife population have perished due to these fires. 33 human lives have also been lost. American toy maker Funko, seeing the dire situation, came forward in support of the country and it’s cleanup efforts. Funko is releasing a limited-edition Funko pop figurine for Australian firefighters. The toy, named, Bush Fire Heroes features the Koala, whose habitat has been nearly completely destroyed. The brand, Funko is joining forces with a series of animal protection organizations.  A portion of each figurine’s proceeds of $19.99  will be donated to the Royal…

Tony Robbins Celebrated 60th Birthday with Concert Benefiting Victims of sex Trafficking

World renowned leadership coach, Tony Robbins, celebrated a momentous 60th birthday in January with a benefit concert to profit the Underground Railroad Organization – an organization built on the back of Tim Ballard as a platform for anti-human sex trafficking. Tony, himself, has a celebrated career around his lifelong mission to benefit organizations that end human suffering. This benefit concert, hosted in the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, featured artists Leona Lewis, Pitbull, Melissa Etheridge, Andy Grammer, Derek Hough and the Cold War Kids. Tickets, while priced high between $5,000 and $125,000 were donated directly to the OUR organization. Every $1400 goes directly to assist in the rescue of one woman or child. No matter your contribution, every dollar matters. Tim Ballard, Operation Underground Railroad founder, …

EDIT: Get assembled smart batteries on Kickstarter Campaign

UPDATE We have some good news. A battery manufacturer Titan Power is working with BatMon kickstarter backers to assemble BatMon into Lithium Ion batteries for free! Backers also get a 5% discount on Titan batteries upto $1000 purchase. Now, you can get a custom shape/size Lithium ion battery without having to assemble BatMon into the pack yourself. Hi robot enthusiasts,  We launched a kickstarter campaign to support production of “smartification” module for robot batteries. BatMon is a small module that can be attached to your lithium batteries to convert it into smart batteries. Here are some of the specs: Voltage, current, and temp sensors 64 bit unique battery id OLED display Current battery life display Automatic discharging to maintain cycle life No discharge cutoff Open  source case…

Meet the new mRo GPS Family. The next gen…

The mRo family of GPS sensors are one of the most powerful and sophisticated satellite signal sensors in the unmanned vehicle industry which we manufacture in United States. These have specially designed to obtain with high precision the position, velocity and timing information that the vehicle requires. mRo GPS sensors are used by the best aerospace research and development centers and large drone manufacturers around the world. Available in different sizes and architectures to obtain the best noise immunity, lowest possible weight and high sensitivity each of them includes a robust system capable of accurately detecting the different satellite signal constellations of USA (GPS), Russia (GLONASS) and Europe (Galileo) totally individually or simultaneously. Our range of GPS sensors it is in constantly improving technology and are fully…

Drone Streaming: Real-Time Live Video Feed From Drones for Commercial Applications

The commercial drone industry is rapidly maturing – across industries, geographies, use-cases, and business models – thanks to advances in UAV hardware and regulation. An incredibly rich variety of drone hardware has been built, tested, piloted and deployed for enterprise applications – ranging from ‘nano’ category drones for covert surveillance to large, custom-built drones designed to carry multi-kg payloads for last-mile e-commerce delivery.  Nevertheless, a large percentage of commercial use-cases involving drones revolve around the ‘eye in the sky’ capability – making live, high-quality video feeds from drones a key capability of enterprise-grade solutions. With the recent advances in AI/ML technology, the data captured by the drones’ camera can then be automatically processed – in the specific context…

Pi-Connect Lite released

The latest version of Pi-Connect Lite board has been released. It’s a minor increment over the previous version, with better power switch placement and clearer labels. It is ideal for anyone wanting a quick and simple way to integrate a Raspberry Pi board with a MAVLink-based flight controller, with a high capacity power supply and Pixhawk-standard JST-GH telemetry connector. It also features a power switch for safely shutting down the Pi. Take a look at the full specifications over at: https://www.rpanion.com/product/pi-connect-lite/

Jonah’s Hands: How the 11-Year-Old Crocheting Prodigy is Changing the World

Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes.  Jonah Larson, abandoned as a newborn outside the small African town of Durame, Ethiopia is changing the world. The, now the 11-year-old, crocheting prodigy has built an empire using only his two hands and huge heart. When he was just 5 months old, he was adopted by Jennifer and Christopher Larson, residents of La Crosse, Wisconsin. From a young age, doctors suspected developmental disabilities and believed it would lead to a struggle with learning as a child. While he did struggle in school at an early age, it was not due to his developmental capabilities.  Instead, Jonah  was acting out and distracting others, his energy was off the charts. At age 5, a hook left in a craft basket helped him …

Using a drone to measure the wind

Cool research from Virginia Tech using a 3DR Solo to do wind measurement: All multirotor drones can be used as wind sensors, providing wind profiles on demand, anywhere, with higher spatiotemporal resolution and a fraction of the cost of other methods. See the free open-access paper https://lnkd.in/em95QEa on how to obtain wind profiles from the drone’s dynamic response to wind-induced perturbations. The study was led by soon-to-graduate Virginia Tech

Radar/Laser altimeter for DJI M210/M210V2

Hi, we implemented radar/laser altimeter support for DJI M210/M210V2 drones (in addition to previously supported M600/M600Pro/A3). Set consists of UgCS SkyHub onboard computer, radar or laser altimeter, set of cables and software. In general, we recommend using a radar altimeter (finally we selected http://en.nanoradar.cn/Article/detail/id/372.html). After 2 years of practice and feedback from our customers, we decided that laser altimeters have too many restrictions – they don’t work reliable under the bright sun, light fog, over water. Internally the system is pretty complex (diagram for A3 is below, for M210 is pretty the same), but it works 🙂 Full description and documentation here – https://industrial.ugcs.com/true-terrain-following UgCS

Help Us Solve One of Nature’s Greatest Puzzles

Newly emerged virgin honey bee queens become inseminated in flight by multiple male honey bees (drones) in elevated regions called Drone Congregation Areas (DCAs).  These DCAs are areas five to 60 meters above ground and 30 to 200 meters in diameter. They can persist in the same place for dozens of years – longer than the life of any queen (a couple years) and much longer than the life of a drone (21-32 days!).   This raises a question: How do queens and drones know where the DCA is year after year.  Since drones and queens arrive at DCAs from multiple colonies, it is believed that DCAs exist so that queens can maximize the genetic diversity in their colony.  Somehow, they all know where to go to link up.   To try …

Artificial insect intelligence and vision for nano drones – how many pixels do you actually need?

(Photo by Dustin Iskandar, CC BY 2.0) My long-time interest has been in developing insect-type vision for small drones. Properly implemented, I believe that such vision hardware and algorithms will allow small drones to fly safely amidst clutter and obstacles. Of course, I have been following with great interest other approaches to providing autonomy to small drones. Like almost everyone else, I am in awe at the achievement of Skydio- nice work! My own work, though, has been to implement similar types of autonomy on much smaller “nano” scale platforms. These are tiny sparrow-sized drones that can fit in your hand and weigh just tens of grams. This is well under the 250-gram threshold the FAA uses to determine if a drone needs to…

Microsoft releases Pixhawk-based autonomous soaring drone code

From Microsoft Research: The past few years have seen tremendous progress in reinforcement learning (RL). From complex games to robotic object manipulation, RL has qualitatively advanced the state of the art. However, modern RL techniques require a lot for success: a largely deterministic stationary environment, an accurate resettable simulator in which mistakes – and especially their consequences – are limited to the virtual sphere, powerful computers, and a lot of energy to run them. At Microsoft Research, we are working towards automatic decision-making approaches that bring us closer to the vision of AI agents capable of learning and acting autonomously in changeable open-world conditions using the limited onboard compute. Project Frigatebird is our ambitious quest in this space, aimed at building intelligence that can enable…