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About Me:
I'm CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones. I'm the former Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine, author of The Long Tail (Hyperion, 2006), FREE (Hyperion, 2009) and Makers (Crown, 2012) and founder of GeekDad.com

You can find more about me at my About.me page here: http://about.me/andersonchris
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
Fixed wing and quads. Mostly for fun and development. With kids as often as they allow!
Hometown:
Berkeley, California

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R. D. Starwalt commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Analysis of FAA appeal in the Trappy case: Agency created its own problems
"Euan -- LOL! If I had a new APC 10 x 4 prop set for every time my name was pronounced that way, I could bust all the props on all my quads every week and still not run out of spares.  I also apologize to the international community for…"
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Waqas Tariq commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Here's the page for local DIY Drones fly/meetup groups. Add yours (or make one)!
"Nigeria UAV development"
5 hours ago
Pedals2Paddles commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene
"I was a FF/EMT/LT for 13 years before I moved for work recently. If it was my scene, and someone was flying a UAV over it taking pictures, I could care less as long as it was not in a position that put us at risk.  If it was high enough and…"
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John McGrath commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene
"I hope they throw the book at him. The authorities ask you to land you land.  I am sure there are witnesses to the incident proving that he was told. This is another abuse of these machines that will make it harder for people that want to use…"
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Monroe Lee King Jr. commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene
"@Toby  You are right and yeah I guess I'll give that a try.  And yeah P2P I think guns are just about on the same level as drones in some ways in the eye's of the public.  Some anti drone people will prey on the…"
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Pedals2Paddles commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene
"This is basically the same logic (or lack thereof) in banning guns from law abiding citizens, because some thug in a ghetto hood shot his dealer."
6 hours ago
Austin Suhler commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene
"     I am terribly sorry for my first comment, and take full responsibility for starting the tone of drone-focused arguments on this post. My first comment was intended to be a joke, playing on the humorous ways in which the FAA tends…"
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Toby Mills commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene
"Starting a new organization and gaining credibility would be a very difficult thing in a short space of time. The AMA already has the respect of the FAA (to a degree) and many members here are members of the AMA.I would have thought it would have…"
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Brian McGrath commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene
"+1 ^^^"
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Oliver commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene
"I will repeat myself in what has turned into quite a swamp here. The fact that a "drone" was involved in this incident is insignificant. Only very few people, those who like us here are focused on drones, put the aircraft at the center of…"
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Monroe Lee King Jr. commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene
"Well if I am then shame on me huh :)"
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Pedals2Paddles commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene
"I never said they were idiots, nor did I ever say they have no purpose. You clearly do not care what anyone else says or thinks, you're just going keep ranting like everyone but you is an incompetent fool.  Bye."
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Monroe Lee King Jr. commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene
"Pedals2Paddles then why does the AMA the TRA/NAR and the ARRL even exist? Are these entities idiots? I think not and I rest my case. This is all the time I have today to try and help you."
7 hours ago
Pedals2Paddles commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene
"In one breath you say nobody would be required to join. But in another breath, you say only people who join would be "protected" or have any such rights.  You're making the same argument as the AMA. Join our organization (and pay…"
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Monroe Lee King Jr. commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene
"No one is required to join. I've explained it in very simple way. Self regulation only works if people volunteer and make a commitment as a group. No commitment no group no protection. Take what they give you and take your own chances. Keep on…"
8 hours ago
Andrew Simpson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Gumstix releases PX4-compatible Linux flight controller board
"Hi @Curt Olson, Great to hear from you! As mentioned above, the GPS is a u-blox NEO-7M chip. I have posted a complete block diagram for the AeroCore showing all the connections. The GPS is connected on UART1 and the recommended baud rate…"
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Pedals2Paddles commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene
"Please explain how requiring someone to join a private organization to do something in their personal free time with their person aircraft, on their own personal property, simply in order to have their regulations imposed on you, is any different…"
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Sgt Ric commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene
"Oh, the point of a governing body is a good one:  self regulation is always preferable to govt regulation. "
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Pedals2Paddles commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene
"No we do not need a governing body.  It's called common sense.  You're babbling rants make very little sense."
10 hours ago
Monroe Lee King Jr. commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene
" The point I'm making is not whether this guy is innocent or not. The point is we need the safety of an entity to protect us from this kind of thing ruining our hobby.  When reckless individuals do things like this we can say he was…"
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Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 10:06am 43 Comments

From the Associated Press:

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A man is facing charges after deputies say he was flying a video camera-equipped drone that hindered the landing of a medical helicopter at an accident…

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Gumstix releases PX4-compatible Linux flight controller board

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 4:51pm 19 Comments

Thanks to Chris Crews in the forums, a new AeroCore from Gumstix.…

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Google buys Titan Aerospace (solar powered, high-altitude drones)

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 11:26am 4 Comments

From TechCrunch:

Google has acquired Titan Aerospace, the drone startup that makes high-flying robots which was previously scoped by Facebook as…

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FAA vs Search-and-Rescue drones

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 1:10pm 20 Comments

From IEEE Spectrum:

Gene Robinson of Wimberly, Texas, is a licensed pilot and also flies radio-controlled model airplanes—not an unusual combination. About a decade ago, he realized that a model aircraft outfitted to take aerial photos could be enormously useful in locating people who have gone missing—perhaps because they’ve been…

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Comment Wall (109 comments)

At 5:58pm on July 11, 2007, Jeffrey Johnson said…
Great talking to you today. We are on it with using your designs here, and look forward to dovetailing our efforts. Power to the PictEarth People!
At 10:13pm on January 2, 2008, Dhrumil said…
Thanks for setting this up.
At 12:12am on February 8, 2008, Mark L said…
Hey Chris,

I just read your post on UAVs and I'm wondering if there's anywhere that one could purchase a pre-made UAV...couldn't find one on ebay.
I run a network of websites, www.ballerhouse.com, and am considering featuring a UAV article. Can you point me in the direction of where someone could purchase one? If so, what other info should my readers know?
Thanks!
Mark L
markl@ballerhouse.com
At 12:17am on February 8, 2008,
3D Robotics
Chris Anderson
said…
The cheapest commercial one is around $7,000 (cropcam.com). The cheapest *good* one is around $10,000 (http://www.procerusuav.com/). That's why we started this site, to bring the price down below $1,000.

We're *DIY* Drones--buying one premade isn't the point ;-)
At 6:41pm on February 28, 2008,
T3
William Premerlani
said…
Chris,
If you want to do a Q&A with me, that would be fine.

The reason for the board is that my son and I thought it would be fun to build our own board, develop theory, and write firmware. We were inspired by Maynard Hill, who came to town and gave a talk.
We got our feet wet with a rapid-prototyping board mounted on an RC truck, and then build our own board for a sailplane. We bought our parts from SparkFun. Nathan Seidle, the ownder of Sparkfun, asked me what we were doing, I told him, he offered to build a surface mount board for me.
My son and I spent a few delightful summers getting the firmware working. At the time, our goal was to play, to just do some interesting things with it, without any goal in mind. When we were done, we had something that worked to our satisfaction, Nathan asked if he could sell it, we gave him permission.
We recognized that what we had was not a full-fletched autopilot, but that it might be interesting to anyone wanting to tinker with the controller. They could build on our firmware, if they wanted, or start from stratch, if they were ambitious.
By the way, the main reason we used assembly language was that my son had never written any, and he wanted to learn. He had used lots of other languages, but not assembly.
As far as what people are doing with my board, you probably have more information than I have!! The only person I've talked to so far is a member of diydrones. All I know is that the board is selling well at SparkFun, with no complaints.
By the way, the reason the board has been backordered for so long is that the vendor of the GPS replaced their ET301 with an ET312 at the same time that SparkFun was automating their board production, resulting in some defective boards. Even after we worked out the hardware problems, there was a subtle change in the ET312 that caused some problems. Every board that SparkFun builds is tested with the full firmware running, and the boards were not passing. We finally figured out what was wrong, production is resumed, I guess they are catching up on backorders.
All of the work my son and I was deliberately done in a vacuum...we didn't do any research on what other people were doing. We made some mistakes (that was the point) and had some fun.
My background is an electrical engineer with strengths in control theory, mathematics, and theory of flight.
I work at GE's research labs, I've been there for 33 years.
You might want to do a Google on "William Premerlani" to see what I have been up to. Much of it has to do with software development...you gave me a good chuckle when you said in your review that you wondered why we hadn't used C...the answer is, it would have been too easy!!!
Bill
At 10:52pm on March 22, 2008, Elisa said…
any time if u like to have a wet dip & country village food, come over try our our boats,(planty of spcae for plane flys
elisa
At 6:02pm on March 26, 2008, T-Rex said…
I heard you on Talk of the Nation today...great job! I did not get to hear the whole show, but definately heard the part about your "robotics" site and 3-axis accelerometers. You, my friend, rock!

By the way, thanks for the advice about starting out in R/C with a foamie...else I would not have made it past my first flight attempts.
At 6:27pm on March 26, 2008,
3D Robotics
Chris Anderson
said…
Thanks! I wanted to say "3-axis MEMS accelerometer" but I held back for the sake of the NPR audience ;-)
At 10:44pm on April 4, 2008, Simon Pan said…
Hey Chris,

I won honorable mention, best in category, best in engineering, 550$, and an internship offer, at the state science & engineering fair. (The winners were a guy who did computer simulations of bird flu epidemics to determine the best method to distribute a limited supply of antivirals, a girl who developed an advanced, complex robotic vision algorithm which could detect blobs in foggy areas and high altitude ranges, and a guy who figured out a method to stem the growth of certain forms of cancer, so it was a humbling experience).

I just wanted to thank you for making this website and for your great documention and projects, because without them I'd probably still be trying to figure out how to connect the GPS receiver to the Stamp.

Thanks!

- Simon
At 8:26am on May 10, 2008, Huckleberry said…
Thanks Chris,

Been following along for some time (geekdad) and just bought a Blubberbot for something to do over the summer holidays... thinking about the project possibilities for my kids in electronics 11/12 ... hmmm blimp racing? Anyway, great to be here.

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