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Google reveals its most-searched ‘How To’ tips

It's easy to forget how difficult DIY repairs were just a couple of decades ago, considering how easy the internet makes it to fix very specific product problems. (My biggest personal victory was fixing a 50-inch LG plasma display that borked a week after the warranty expired, following some …

FAA Drone Registration Becomes Official on Dec 21, Costs $5

In another sign that the Federal Aviation Administration is serious about regulating remote controlled aircraft, the Administration today announced a drone registration program that will launch on December 21—just in time for a holiday season that an FAA spokesperson expects will result in the …

Drones

Google skirted drone test rules by using a deal with NASA

Getting an FAA exemption to operate commercial drones in American airspace is almost more trouble than it's worth, what with the litany of requirements and restrictions. That's why Google, according to a <i>Guardian</i> report, has been sidestepping those FAA rules and testing its Project Wing UAV over …

Tracked Arduino Robot

Introduction: Tracked Arduino Robot<p>This Instructable will show you how to build a tracked Arduino-controlled robot.<p>The content is organized as …

Impressive Star Wars X-Wing Foam Drone

We’ve written about the amazing drones of French hobbyist Olivier C before. He’s been gradually building up an entire fleet of <i>Star Wars</i>-themed drones using foam as his main modeling material. So far, he’s done a Millennium Falcon, an Imperial Star Destroyer, a Snowspeeder, a Tie Interceptor, and …

Drones

With a Drone Inside, R2-D2 Can Finally Fly Like a Bird

Master drone builder Otto Dieffenbach is back with what is probably his most amazing flying creation to date. Unlike the flying R2-D2 we saw in the</i> …

Drone of the Day: Black Hornet

At four inches by one inch and weighing half of an ounce (16 grams), Black Hornet is more Pixar character than fighting drone. And like a Pixar …

Folding Quad with Removable Gimbal Mount #3DPrinting

bmacw shared a great DIY quad copper designed specifically for smaller bed printers like the Printrbot Simple Metal. This project is designed …

Skunk Works Is Building a Drone That Carries Cars Instead of Cameras

Lockheed Martin Skunk Works' Transformer TX started out as yet another design for the oft-predicted but never delivered flying car. But it's since …

This Hybrid Quadcopter Drone Can Take Off and Land Vertically

Quadcopters offer extreme precision and control in flight, not to mention the ability to take off and land vertically. But compared to the …

The 10 Weirdest Robots At This Year's Drone Show

A $38,000 piece of Styrofoam, a pop-up drone-in-a-can, and more!<p><i>Click here to enter the gallery</i><p>The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), a trade organization for the drone industry, is hosting a convention this week in Washington, DC. The show is a place for law …

Wireless WildCat Robot Can Run a 4-Minute Mile

The Cheetah robot was born in 2012. The speedy four-legged bot could run at 29 miles per hour —outpacing Usain Bolt — while tethered to a power …

QUACC: Quadrotor Ultimate Aerial Combat Competition

Last month, Louisville’s LVL1 hackerspace held an experimental drone combat event, QUACC: Quadrotor Ultimate Aerial Combat Competition. Participants using el-cheapo Syma X1 quadrotors to even the playing field, and hung ribbons from the chassis to give the contestants something to aim for.<p>I …

Drowned Drones: When a Multicopter Hits the Water

As land dwellers, we are used to seeing terrain from above. It’s relatively easy to get above it all by going to your nearest tall building and taking an elevator to the top floor. Aerial perspectives of the ocean, however, are special, and most of the activities that take place in the ocean are …

Drones

Behold, The Noodle Copter!

How to build a low-cost quadcopter airframe that will laugh off any impact. And it floats, too!<p>Here’s a quadcopter that I designed and built in response to a CrashCast challenge to build a flyable quadcopter as cheap and as sturdy as possible.<p>From a construction standpoint multicopters are …

How to Improve a RC Quadcopter Design

File this one under the “What would you 3D print?” category. 3D printing really is all about you: your interests, your dreams, and your vision. The tools to design and make anything are closer than ever.<p>To show you what one person can do, this month I’m turning the keys to the blog over to Nick …

3D Printing

China will use lasers to take down low-flying drones

In order to defend itself against small drones, China built a laser-based system that can shoot down the compact aircraft up to 1.2 miles away. According to the official <i>Xinhua</i> news agency, the tech can bring down the rogue flying machines within five seconds of locating them at altitudes of up to …

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We're sorry, but the SCN page you want is no longer available. You may be able to find the information you need elsewhere in the new SAP community. …

Harold Ramis: The Passing Of An Icon

Reading Time: 3 minutes<p>How do you memorialize the passing of someone you never knew personally yet you feel like you’ve known your entire life? Last …

Journalist Sues Police for Doubting His Right to Fly Drones

A drone journalist is suing a local police department in a case that may provide a stepping stone to broader legislation dealing with who has the …

Out in the Open: Automate Your Home With Your Own Personal SkyNet

HeatSync Labs sits just off Main Street in Mesa, Arizona. This public hacker space offers a workshop where engineers and programmers can build …

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Jaume Collet-Serra's 'Akira' Won't Be Too Faithful to the Source Material – /Film

Warner Bros.’ live-action adaptation of <i>Akira</i> has gone through so many rough patches at this point that it’s a struggle for us to even remember at any …

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Rotating Labyrinth for D&D Lets DMs Befuddle Their Players

Reading Time: 1 minute<p>If you aren’t familiar with Mind Weave RPG, you should really get on that. Need a good reason to check out this RPG site? The …

How To Design A Drone-Proof City

Conceptual artist and law student Asher J. Kohn envisions a gated community as a sanctuary from drones.<p>Humans have always built defenses to match the prevailing threat of the day, from medieval castles to Cold War fallout shelters. In his Shura City concept, Asher J. Kohn speculates on what it …

Using Quadcopters for Photogrammetry

“Photogrammetry is a method for creating 3D models of objects by taking a series (usually hundreds) of photographs,” writes New Mexico-based maker William Grassie in his article titled “Quadcopter Photogrammetry,” which appears in our newest issue, MAKE Volume 37. The concept of photogrammetry has …

Homegrown Drones: MAKE's meet up and fly-in

Homegrown Drones: MAKE talks with Chris Anderson of 3DRobotics