Drone racing manufacturer Lumenier becomes The Drone Racing League’s (DRL’s) Official Antenna Supplier for FPV

The Lumenier AXII 5.8GHz Video Antenna is specifically designed to perform extremely well under intense drone racing conditions. „The quality of the pilots video link is one of the most critical aspects of amateur and professional drone racing.” says Tim Nilson, President of Lumenier. “The AXII Antenna ensures a reliable video link at high speeds, with several pilots in the air, and in challenging RF environments.“

„Lumenier is one of the most respected gear designers in the drone racing market.“ said Nick Horbaczewski, DRL’s CEO. „We are thrilled to have them as a partner this season.“

Key Specs of the Lumenier AXII 5.8GHz Antenna (patent pending):

Gain: 1.6dbic
Axial ratio: 1.0 (near perfect)
Bandwidth: 5.5GHz-6.0GHz
Radiation Efficiency: 98%
SWR: <=1.5:1
Weight: 7.6g
Size: 70mm x 16mm
Cable: Semi-rigid RG402
Polarization: RHCP or LHCP
Connector: SMA or RP-SMA

Works great as both a transmitting or receiving antenna.
Compatible with other styles of 5.8GHz antennas.

About Lumenier
Lumenier is a high-end designer and manufacturer of top quality racing drone products – airframes, motors, batteries, propellers, electronics, antennas, accessories, and more. The company operates from its main headquarters in Sarasota, Florida with wholly owned manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and China. Leveraging their expert engineers in aeronautics, mechanical and electrical design, Lumenier has become known globally for its innovation and quality. For more info please visit http://www.lumenier.com or call 941-444-0021.

About DRL
DRL is the premier drone racing circuit for elite FPV pilots around the world. A technology, sports and media company, DRL combines world-class media and proprietary technology to create thrilling drone racing content with mass appeal. In 2017 DRL is hosting a global series of six races, the Allianz World Championship, to be broadcast on ESPN, Sky Sports, Prosieben and other leading broadcast channels around the world. Founded by Nicholas Horbaczewski in 2015, DRL is a privately held company headquartered in NYC.

Dobrindt: Klare Regeln für Betrieb von Drohnen

(lifePR) (Berlin, ) Der Betrieb von Drohnen wird neu geregelt. Bundesminister Dobrindt hat dazu heute dem Kabinett eine „Verordnung zur Regelung des Betriebs von unbemannten Fluggeräten“ vorgelegt. Anschließend erfolgt die Zuleitung an den Bundesrat.

Bundesverkehrsminister Dobrindt:

Drohnen bieten ein großes Potenzial – privat wie gewerblich. Immer mehr Menschen nutzen sie. Je mehr Drohnen aufsteigen, desto größer werden aber auch die Gefahren von Kollisionen, Abstürzen oder Unfällen. Für die Nutzung von Drohnen sind deshalb klare Regeln nötig. Um der Zukunftstechnologie Drohne Chancen zu eröffnen und gleichzeitig die Sicherheit im Luftraum deutlich zu erhöhen, habe ich eine Drohnenverordnung auf den Weg gebracht. Neben der Sicherheit verbessern wir damit auch den Schutz der Privatsphäre.

Wesentliche Regelungen der Verordnung: Kennzeichnungspflicht ab 0,25 kg, um im Schadensfall schnell den Halter feststellen zu können. Kenntnisnachweis ab 2 kg (außer auf Modellflugplätzen) durch eine vom Luftfahrt-Bundesamt anerkannte Prüfung oder Bescheinigung über eine Einweisung eines Luftsportvereins. Erlaubnispflicht ab 5 kg. Die Erlaubnis wird von den Landesluftfahrtbehörden erteilt. Betriebsverbot, z.B. außerhalb der Sichtweite oder in Flughöhen über 100 Metern (gilt nicht auf Modellfluggeländen), über Wohngrundstücken ab 0,25 kg oder wenn das Fluggerät optische, akustische oder Funksignale übertragen oder aufzuzeichnen kann.

Für gewerbliche Nutzer wird das aktuell bestehende generelle Betriebsverbot außerhalb der Sichtweite aufgehoben. Künftig ist der Betrieb außerhalb der Sichtweite genehmigungsfähig. Damit wird der Betrieb gewerblicher Drohnen erleichtert und es werden neue Geschäftsmodelle ermöglicht.

Weitere Informationen zu den Regelungen finden Sie unter www.bmvi.de/drohnen

Meet the Droneball, the world’s first collision-tolerant consumer drone

If you love using drones, then you know there’s nothing more irritating than steering slightly in the wrong direction, and watching your drone fly right into a wall and shatter into pieces. For all the money you put into them, shouldn’t they withstand more than that? Finally the perpetual fear of your drone being destroyed on day 1 through careless steering is a thing of the past.

We are proud to introduce The Droneball, created by iMaze Toys, the people behind Angry Birds and Air Terminators,  is the world’s first collision-tolerant drone, and its unique design allows it to simply bounce back from collisions that destroy others.

Innovative Design

Created to go the distance, the design of the Drone Ball begins with an exceptionally powerful quadcopter craft with a 6-axis gyroscope, adding a greater level of control compared to most drones on the market. But the big innovation is the cage the surrounds it. This cage, along with its multi-axis running ring track, allows the Droneball to simply bounce off walls and obstacles that wreck other drones.  With multi-axis maneuverability, the Droneball remains level inside the cage after a collision, removing the need to regain control and keeping you in the air for as long as you want. No matter where you are or what obstacles you’re navigating through, you don’t need to worry about the copter’s safety with Droneball.

 

Sharing Made Easy

Droneball brings you 5.8GHZ Transmission technology ultra strong signals are achieved with anti interference capabilities and long distance video image transfer. Droneball’s camera is not only capable of recording stunning 1080p HD video, it can also take high resolution photographs. This allows user to instantly share footage on their smartphones or tablets,  from high quality photography to aerial footage.  Even when beyond visual range,  you can still capture the scene!

 

 Highlights

  • 6-AXIS GYROSCOPE Paired with accelerometers delivers increased motion detection through lateral movement and rotation
  • MULTI-AXIS MANEUVERABILITY Droneball quadcopter is mounted so it remains level inside the cage after a collision
  • RESILIENT The sturdy cage keeps the quad from striking obstacles for less risk of broken parts
  • AGILE Its gyro stabilization and 4.5-channel radio allows it to effectively fly through tight spaces
  • REAL TIME HD DIGITAL VIDEO TRANSMISSION 5.8GHZ Transmission technology collects high quality photography and live 1080p HD aerial footage
  • FUTURE PROOF Camera can be upgraded and easily swapped out for future upgrades or repairs
  • ALL-IN-ONE FPV SOLUTION Compatible with most FPV glasses Droneball’s wide field of view camera is specifically designed for FPV flight.

The Droneball launched on January 3th on Indiegogo with a goal of $ 75,000 to fund the first wave of production.  In addition, iMaze Toys has partnered with Walkera Technology to bring this to market, and they have decades of experience developing and manufacturing quadcopters, FPV camera drones, racing drones and other UAVs for the consumer market, commercial users and governmental agencies. Early backers of the project receive the  Droneball for only $399, nearly half the price of the final retail version, alongside goodies like a rucksack for carrying and a red light pack.

Tanky Drone Introduces an Insanely Fast FPV Racing Quadcopter

Los Angeles, CA — October 25, 2016 — Tanky Drone, a start-up drone design company in Southern California today introduced Tanky, a first person view (FPV) racing drone — at just 460 grams all-up-weight, Tanky features a remotely tiltable camera for ease of landing, tough-as-nails impact-resistant injection molded plastics, sleek aesthetics, and an aerodynamic design. Tanky delivers incredible performance. It can reach speeds upwards of 100 mph with 2305 motors and 1.0Ah 4S battery, a combination that delivers an amazing power-to-weight ratio. With its streamlined aerodynamic shape and obstruction free thrust column, Tanky performs on par with any custom made competition-bred craft.

“Tanky is a new generation of ready-to-race fpv drones. It’s not a toy. It’s a true speed machine, just like a sports motorcycle or a Formula 1 racecar. We optimized it for speed, minimized the weight, without compromising on design,” said lead designer, Bogdan Ryabyshchuk.

“One of the problems with drone racing today is the limited selection of ready-to-race crafts. This means that if you want to get into the hobby and sport of drone racing you need to build it yourself. This process usually takes a few weeks, rewards the naturally mechanically inclined, and does not guarantee a fast craft. After building your craft, you also run into another problem—learning to pilot it. So what do you do if you don’t have time to build a fast racing drone, but want to get into the sport? We decided to eliminate this barrier.

With Tanky, you have the option to buy it ready-to-fly, so you can start learning how to pilot it right away and become a drone racer,” said Yuki To, co-designer of Tanky, “So anyone can enjoy the exploding hobby of FPV flying and racing.”

“FPV drone racing is an immersive experience, enabling you to experience flight, speed, and exhilaration, without compromising on personal safety. When you inevitably crash, Tanky’s major components are protected with tough as nails polycarbonate. A polycarbonate skin not only protects the vital components, but also hides unsightly wiring. If the plastics do break on harsh impact, they are easily replaceable. This gives you the added benefit of being able to switch up your plastics to a different color, for a different feel, and to upgrade your components to stay on the cutting edge of innovation.”

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1970204458/tanky-drone-insanely-fast-fpv-racing-quadcopter

CoDrone: The Drone That Anyone Can Learn to Program

San Diego, CA – On January 6th, Robolink, Inc. launched a Kickstarter campaign for the CoDrone, a drone that anyone can learn to program and fly.

Drone-lovers of all ages can program the CoDrone to follow people, engage in laser-tag battles, go bowling (with the drone as the bowling ball!), fly in customized patterns, follow waypoints, navigate mazes and more. Robolink is creating a series of step-by-step video tutorials to teach beginners how to code all of these basic tasks. But with the six different sensors (Onboard Camera, Gyro, Accelerometer, etc) in the CoDrone combined with the ability to easily program its behavior, the possibilities are endless.

Robolink developed the CoDrone to further their mission of inspiring kids and adults to explore coding, engineering and robotics. Hansol Hong, Robolink’s CEO, says, “Programming can be tedious to learn. But when a few minutes of coding can put a drone in the sky, programming brings a smile to everyone’s face!”

The Codrone kit will retail for $179, but will go for $139 during the Kickstarter campaign and as little as $119 for the first backers. The kit includes everything needed to build and fly the drone. To program the Codrone, all that is required is a computer.

Drone or Rover – New System Lets You Decide

Rocketship Systems Inc. releases BoxBotix, a new 3D printable robotics system that supports multiple configurations, including copter, plane and rover.

BoxBotix is an open source, modular robotics framework that is designed to be easy to hack, make, use and sustain. BoxBotix is the creation of Rocketship Systems Inc., a small robotics company in Fort Collins, CO.

“We run a small shop that machines robot parts, and we get a lot of calls from customers who have a new sensor or technology they want to test, but no robot to put them on,” says Coby Leuschke, President of Rocketship Systems. So for the last two years they have been designing and testing a new system to meet these needs. BoxBotix is the result.

Leuschke continues, “We have seen many different drone and robot systems emerge in the last year that try to meet the demands of a growing industry, but most are mass produced and difficult to customize. We wanted to create a system that allows people to move the design, build, maintenance cycle closer to the point of use, so they can control their own robot destiny. ” In order to meet these requirements BoxBotix has been designed to be built using desktop 3D printing and readily available parts and tools. Garrett Day, Rocketship Systems Lead Engineer adds, “We are releasing all of our design files under an open source license, so we can provide people the opportunity to modify the design to meet their specific needs, and help improve the overall design.”

The initial release of BoxBotix will feature robots, called BBots, which include the BBCopter, BBPlane and BBRover. Rocketship Systems will provide kits in two versions: A Bring Your Own Printer Kit, where they will provide everything needed to build a frame, excluding the printed parts, and they will also provide a Full Frame Kit that will include everything required to build the frame.

“BoxBotix is not about Rocketship Systems building a million robots. BoxBotix is about enabling a community of a million people to build their own robots,“ Leuschke concludes.

In order to fund the creation and growth of a strong open source community BoxBotix has taken to Kickstarter. To follow their project, be sure to find them on Twitter , Facebook or YouTube, and spread the word to your social media networks. Consider donating as little as $1 to help their project come to life. If you decide to donate more, you can be among the first in the world to build a BBot.

AeriCam Releases the Anura; a Revolutionary Pocket Size Drone.

The Anura is AeriCam’s game changer for the drone consumer market.  Anura is a mini drone that’s designed to fit in pants or shirt pockets, with all sensitive parts protected. Your smart phone is the only thing you need to operate the Anura.

The Anura is the first drone in the consumer market to travel with the user 24/7, whenever and wherever. This allowing users to never miss a moment; capturing aerial photo and video. It is user friendly, so one can simply enjoy the thrill and freedom of flying.

The Anura was designed to inspire people who are interested in flight, photography, videography, or just to entertain. Anura is controlled via Wi-Fi to your smart phone (IOS/Android), and through the App. You can fully control the aircraft’s direction. Anura features a micro camera and the view of the camera is streamed through Wi-Fi to your smart phone; which allows you to capture the exact photo and video from the App. Anura also features functions such as auto take off, auto land, return home, and follow the phone; which makes it one of the most powerful and versatile mini drone of its class.

AeriCam is a San Francisco based company established for developing aerial cinematography solutions. The company has designed drones and camera equipment for six years, and combines a strong technical expertise with a long history of delivering professional and reliable equipment.  The Anura is AeriCam’s first consumer product, but you can be certain it will share the same traits as their professional line.

Anura will be available for pre-order through Kickstarter, and you can check updates and product launch information on www.AeriCam.com.

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RobotsBlog is alive

RobotsBlog is a new blog focusing on robot topics. It will included news, discussions, articles, and links around the wide field of robotic and AI.

We, the authors, are an international team of junior researchers and actively involved in robotics. And so we are every day seeing the challenging problems and extreme nice solutions and we will try to share as much as possible with you. Our hope is that this platform will help all of us to sort and structure the wide field of robotics a little bit so that other researchers, students and every interested person can maximize their personal benefit which are archival by robotics.

And now it is time to present you some of our previous work.

The first video is showing some test runs of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle or for short UAV, which is currently tested by the Fraunhofer IAIS.

The second video shows a autonomous ground base robot using its docking station. The robot does base on a ProfiBot system and is searching autonomously for its docking station if it is needed. After finding it is performing a docking maneuver and charges it batteries.

The next video shows some tests results derived from a computer vision system that is used to detected character based landmarks in the environment. This behavior was needed to participated at the SICK robot day 2009 which we succesfully have done.

So thats all for the starting, new updates are coming and we hope to see you soon again.