Cool Xmas Day project uses Papilio FPGA control
"For Christmas, [Hamster]‘s wife gave him a mini-oven. Later that day, he tore it apart and built this FPGA controlled reflow oven.
We’ve seen plenty of reflow oven builds in the past. Most of…Continue
Interesting read on the limits and human factors complicating flight automation. I contend that all issues are solved with better sensors & processing ability/reliability.
Another cool plug-and-play EDA tool with circuit template library for EagleCAD - thanks to open XML (aforementioned)
From HackEDA via …Continue
A federal appeals court is about to review a case with broad implications for abstract technology patents.
Interesting roundtable discussion among UAV 'experts' and opinion leaders
From The Engineer: 'The role of the pilot, or commander, or whatever the person overseeing the aircraft is called, is already covered by the existing regulations…Continue
Modern fault-tolerance design for aircraft does little to help when big parts start falling off. This study proposes a design approach / philosophy for keeping things aloft during broader system failure.
From PsysOrg: /
"For example, the group studied the plane’s operation during…
A University of Colorado Asst. Professor is transitioning his GoJett Supersonic UAV project into a business.
"The UAV is intended to shape the next generation of flight experimentation… Its…Continue
I met some new industrial robots in the flesh at ATX West (Automation Technology Expo). Nothing particularly groundbreaking here, but the speed and dexterity of the latest generation is remarkable (many were too fast for my phone's camera frame rate). There were a ton of these 4 and 6-axis delta robots (ones with 3 skinny steel arms). Also saw…Continue
Fascinating NYU experiment reveals surprising data on fluid-dynamics for top-heavy airborne structures.Continue
The flying robot equality bill aims to end prejudice inside heavily segregated FAA airspace, among other things.
From The Washington Post:
"The FAA is also required under the…Continue
ArduinoCommander is a sweet new Android app for controlling Arduino with a Bluetooth shield.
From Android Market:
"Control your Arduino board from your Android device via Bluetooth using WYSIWYG…Continue
After receiving much attention over the past few days, the aforementioned Eye3 Drone project on Kickstarter has been officially pulled on account of photoshop shenanigans and overall shadiness.
A professor at MIT developed an equation to determine the fastest theoretical air-speed for obstacle avoidance.
From Science Blog: "Emilio Frazzoli, an associate professor of aeronautics and…Continue
Added by Shannon Morrisey on January 9, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments
By far the coolest phone / tablet app I've come across. EveryCircuit is a simple SPICE circuit design tool with a slick touch interface, shows voltage and current animations and more. This is no doubt the look and feel of circuit design tools for the future. Also could be a fun, easy way to…Continue
Nice IMU project spotted on Dangerous Prototypes with MEMS gyros and accelerometer, Cortex-M3.
"The IMU is supposed to be high-end, implementing state-of-the-art data filtering, best low-cost MEMS sensors available and many features to compete with commercial IMUs used in…Continue
Nice series of CadSoft Eagle tutorials from HackADay
I have yet to work with Eagle but am now motivated to do so on account of the aforementioned improvements…Continue
For those into board design, Eagle is a nice free (for non-commercial use) option which has, until now, lacked XML structure. Eagle will soon support importing & translating from other formats among other productivity improvements. Until now, this compatibility issue has prevented myself and likely many others from using Eagle as a primary PCB design tool. I believe the DIYD crew…Continue