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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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Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Paper-thin Arduino for a DIY blimp
"Why did he lay out the high tech flex PC board, then revert to old fashioned hot glue & balsa?"
2 hours ago
Justin Britt commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"I 100% agree and I think everyone here does too. Those of us scoffing at the FAA are those who understand the FAA has no clue about the technology and are incapable of regulating it properly. People in this thread are generalizing everyone's…"
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Monroe Lee King Jr. commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"It is creating numbers and this is what you need for a ruling."
3 hours ago
Toby Lankford commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"SO they think harrasing pot heads will get them sympathetic ears now.  They are making headlines harassing everyone and it is not doing them any good."
3 hours ago
Monroe Lee King Jr. commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"I am not pro FAA and I'm not even pro government! But this is the way things are. This is why drones need an entity of their own like the AMA for model aircraft. The FAA is the dictator of the sky that's without a doubt. The DOT is the…"
4 hours ago
Brian commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"I will fly mine on the the odd days and therefore it will not be routine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIoCafn27Ds"
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Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"Hi Guys, Sadly these FAA posts which are brought on by the FAA itself always devolve into a pro or anti FAA contest. Not the point really, the FAA isn't going away, it would just be a lot better for everybody's perception of them if they…"
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Monroe Lee King Jr. commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"Bill I do see your point don't get me wrong but the part about the commercial use below 400ft without permits and licenses and regulation makes no sense. Model aircraft should be non profit and recreational and flown accordingly as they have…"
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Monroe Lee King Jr. commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"Keep going then Bill I'm interested in examples you can come up with."
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Emery c. Chandler commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Paper-thin Arduino for a DIY blimp
"wicked cool, I love this!"
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Robert - NuvAero Flight Systems commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"Yes, I'm going to stir it up a bit. I am appalled by many peoples reaction to all of the FAA news. These comments are immature and extremely uneducated .Who else is going to regulate transportation besides the government? If the government…"
5 hours ago
Bill Patterson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"Commercial? Painting, wood carving, surfing, photography, I could give examples all day."
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Pedals2Paddles commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"Why do I bother. You're a waste of time to converse with on this matter because you are going to rant about what you want to rant about, not what someone actually said. It's just not worth repeating myself when you're going to keep…"
5 hours ago
Bill Patterson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"Well that's the problem. It's not the same air space is it?"
5 hours ago
Monroe Lee King Jr. commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"If you knew it you'd have nothing to rant about yourself. It is illogical to think that because you want something it should be so. There is a path that must be followed to introduce things into the world. Introducing things commercially is an…"
5 hours ago
Pedals2Paddles commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"You're not widening anything for me.  In all of your long drawn out rants, you have no once said something I didn't already know.  Even when you put words in my mouth."
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Randy commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Self-learning copter uses neural networks
"Interesting to see some more attempts at integrating AI into the copters although it looks very limited to a lab environment.  Maybe it's applicable in some way for autotuning.  Actualy way way back, Jack Crossfire used neural…"
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Monroe Lee King Jr. commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"The world is not some narrow minded path to your goal is all I'm saying. There is a big picture. All I'm doing is widening the image for you."
5 hours ago
Pedals2Paddles commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"Well as usual you're going to ignore what others say and put words in their mouth for your own rants. Again. Nevermind."
5 hours ago
Monroe Lee King Jr. commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally
"You cant use a private plane or ultralight for commercial use either without a license or permit imagine that? You can't drive a car or truck for commercial purposes without a license or permit either. If you car or truck is used for commercial…"
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Paper-thin Arduino for a DIY blimp

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 2:00pm 4 Comments

From Makezine:

Want to build your own blimp? The folks at Ynvisible show you how to do just that with balloons, helium, balsa wood, paperclips, motors, and Printoo, …

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Self-learning copter uses neural networks

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 10:50am 1 Comment

From Hackaday:

Though this project uses an RC helicopter, it’s merely a vessel to demonstrate a fascinating …

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FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 10:48am 36 Comments

From ABC News in Denver:

DENVER - The Federal Aviation Administration announced Tuesday that it…

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"Spain's ban on drones is a punch in the gut for its film industry"

Posted on April 19, 2014 at 9:47pm 13 Comments

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Last October, Ridley Scott and more than a…

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How we do autopilot vibration-testing at 3DR labs

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 2:00pm 16 Comments

This is a quick demo of how we vibration-test our next-gen autopilots at 3D Robotics labs. Two big bass speakers are programmed to generate vibrations at a range of frequencies, and the autopilots are mounted on a structure that's driven by them in two dimensions. We then measure the output from the autopilots to look for aliasing and harmonics, which helps us design the…

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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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