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Is Drone Technology Worth Investing in?

Drones, also referred to as Flying Mini Robots, Miniature Pilotless Aircraft or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), are becoming more and more popular over time. While their use is not yet widespread, they have become an integral part of the operations of a number of government organisations and businesses. They are very versatile and can be used for various purposes including making deliveries and scanning places that would be otherwise unreachable such as some military bases. Businesses benefit from them because of their speed and accuracy. For instance, when making deliveries to customers, there is no time wasted in traffic or trying to find the location of the customer. They also increase productivity and work efficiency, and help businesses save on the costs of operation among other benefits. Just like most… Continue reading

Small autonomous quad drone does some powerful processing

Quad copters are available everywhere. You can get any entry level drone for cheap but still they are fun to play. Once you’re done with simple flying and observing you start to want more. This is where real fun begins. Some focus on adding more sensors and programming complex flight plans, other try to make a collaborative swarm of drones and even more. But most crazy ideas are born at universities. Check out an interesting project developed by Aeronoutics and Astronautics department student from Tokyo. Drone is equipped with all standard quad rotor equipment like 3 axis accelerometer, gyros, compass. This is what allows to keep quad stable. ARM cortex-M4 keeps track of the systems. But most processing is done by Spartan-6 FPGA board which takes images with small camera… Continue reading

Home built quadcopter uses ARM

I think everyone thinks of Quadcopter as a real fun to try. In fact they are fun to fly, but even more to make one. Florian shares his second upgraded version (se the previous here) of quadcopter which has more power from all points of view. First of all it comes with higher thrust brushless motors, next thing is larger battery. And probably biggest step up is microcontroller. If in previous there were Atmega32L, now it has ARM Cortex M4 (STM32F405RG). With bigger processing power there are more possibilities to do. The frame is 3D printed with all convenient clips and fixings. This looks really impressive comparing with its predecessor. Continue reading