Hometown: Burke, VA
October 14, 2012
I have had much experience building and hacking on robots big and small. I spent years leading a small team to build several models of autonomous humandoid robots (doing mechanical, electronics and pcb design, and software both on bare metal atmega, blackfin, and with OS, linux and various real time os). For my research assistantship I am building a sensor-laden car with LIDAR, GPS and IMU sensors. I'm also into photography and building other stuff besides robots too!
Tons of R/C equipment as well as several hexacopters and quadcopters. Many of them are using ArduCopter. I am customizing ArduCopter software to enable telemetry commands (such as waypoints) to be inserted from a Raspberry Pi (mounted on-board) which will do some form of motion planning / computer vision. I have two FPV systems and all sorts of cameras and gadgets.
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I am a PhD student at George Mason Univeristy studying how to do robotic motion planning problems in real world applications. One application I've been working on lately is autonomous UAV navigation, and I've been building a drone for it!
Hey Chris, I've been interested in scratch building my first quad, but I don't want to spend hundreds on high end equipment, because this one will be smashing into the ground a LOT. Do you know any alternatives to some of the expensive hardware?
I may have a small mechanical engineering project for you or someone with interest in catching and dropping mid sized motorized gliders. I hope to go to build session on Saturday. Call [masked] if interested. Curt W. Falls Church.
My son, Michael, is corporate secretary for the Sabin Vaccine Institute and had wanted to meet up with the group from MIT who arre working on vaccine delivery by drones this past Saturday. Unfortunately, he could not find the meeting place. If there was literature available or if you have a contact for the MIT group, please contact Mike at [masked].