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World's Smallest Drone Autopilot System Goes Open Source

World's Smallest Drone Autopilot System Goes Open Source | Rise of the Drones | Scoop.it
The Lisa/S chip is 4 square centimeters -- about the same size as a Euro coin. But packed into this 1.9 gram chip is everything you need to autopilot an aerial drone.

 

It’s the world’s smallest drone autopilot system — over 30 grams lighter than its predecessor — according to the chip’s designers at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. And best of all, both the hardware and the software is open source, meaning anyone can copy and use it — for free.

 

“The main reason we chose open source is that we want to make it available for society,” says the project’s leader, Bart Remes. He envisions open source drone technology enabling a wider range of civilian drone applications, from agriculture to search and rescue.

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DIY Drones on the Homestead

Head on over to DIYDrones.com. This is a great web site that was created with the sole purpose of investigating the world of drone technology and how it can be utilized by the average civilian. It has a great community to help you with all your questions. According to the web site's editors, here is a list of what you will need to start your own DIY drones project.

  1. You will need a vehicle. DIYDrones.com there are instructions showing how to incorporate planes, helicopters, land-based and even water based vehicles into your drone system.
  2. You will need an autopilot. Autopilots are computer boards that control the mechanical functions of your drones. You will need this item if you want to be able to program your drones to be autonomous and function on its own. Autopilots typically include mission planning software to program your drones.
  3. You will need a computer or laptop. Most of us already posses one that can serve the purpose.
  4. An optional payload system. This could be anything from recording cameras, video transmission equipment, radio duplexers, to a message in a bottle.

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Open source model disrupts the commercial drone business

Open source model disrupts the commercial drone business | Rise of the Drones | Scoop.it

The do-it-yourself (DIY), open-source drone movement is turning into a real business that could disrupt the commercial and military drone industry. It’s another case of how exploiting the curiosity of hackers can turn into a commercial opportunity.


That’s the view of Chris Anderson (pictured), editor of Wired magazine and a drone hobbyist and businessman on the side. He spoke about this DIY trend and his own efforts to lead it in a talk at the Defcon hacker conference in Las Vegas (July 27, 2012).


Anderson said the whole project is “open sourcing the military industrial complex.” Drones have been the domain of the U.S. military, which has created huge awareness about drones such as the Predator and the Reaper by using them against terrorist targets in a variety of areas where troops can’t go. Those drones cost millions of dollars, but the DIY drone business is focused on created ubiquitous drones that cost tens of dollars.


Dean Takahashi

venturebeat.com

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