The 4th annual Maker Faire Bay Area hosts Chris Anderson, editor in chief of Wired. Anderson discusses making low-cost, unmanned aerial vehicles like planes and blimps.
Following on President Obama's call to "begin again the work of remaking America," Maker Faire 2009 was organized around the theme of Re-Make America. Held in the San Francisco Bay Area, Maker Faire celebrates what President Obama called "the risk takers, the doers, and the makers of things."
Chris Anderson has served as editor in chief of WIRED since 2001. Under his leadership, the magazine has garnered nine National Magazine Awards and 19 additional nominations and has won the prestigious top prize for General Excellence three times. In 2010, AdWeek named WIRED the Magazine of the Decade. Anderson is the author of two New York Times best sellers, The Long Tail and Free: The Future of a Radical Price, both of which are based on influential articles published in WIRED. He is also a cofounder of 3D Robotics, an open source robotics company. Before joining WIRED, he was a business and technology editor at The Economist. He began his media career at the two premier science journals, Nature and Science. In 2007, Anderson was named to the Time 100, the news magazine’s annual list of the world’s most influential people.
Hi Chris, I watched u'r video on how to build a DIY UAV for less than a $1000.
I have a few questions
1) what is the thermopile and who manufactures/sells it?
2) how does the sensor for determining the horizon work, who sells it?
3) Is the picture affected by blurring due to the plane motion, gusts, and if so
can the antiblur function on the camera help?
4) are the sensors affected by flying over water, hilly country or thermals?
It is a great presentation, I am amazed at what u can do with fairly inexpensible materials.
Products using arduino are always impressive. I'm surprised how awesome technology has become. Chris Anderson mentioned 'real time aerial photography' and it sounds like someone might come out with a new twitter app.
When Chris mentioned 'where down is,' it reminded me of Ender's game where your perception of down changes because you're not sure where your gravitational pull is.
Now, if you set up your home base in a moving vehicle, would your uav fly farther since it can only fly a certain distance before it autopilots back home?
And I love the phrase 'free as in speech and free as in beer.' Great vid.
I can't wait for this to hit South Korea. Amateurs will reprogram them and have competitions to see who can map the most of North Korea. I remember reading an article in popsci a few years back about a model plane that flew across the Atlantic using Coleman Camp Fuel. Flying across N. Korea and back would be trivial compared to this.
They could be used by environmental activists to fly over industrial wastelands and photograph them in unprecedented detail. Video footage of demonstrations would be greatly enhanced. I know that aerial UAVs are already being used to transport medicines and samples in rural Africa.
It'll be interesting to see where this goes.