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Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Aerial Drones

Parrot’s AR.Drone 2.0.

Today’s hobby drones are pretty amazing. They are packed with features and have a level of automation and sensors never before available to the amateur. Prices have dropped to the point that this technology is accessible, even if you aren’t a government, university, or serious hobbyist willing to spend more... Read more »

Red Bull Flugtag Hits San Francisco

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Over the weekend, MAKE’s web producer Jake Spurlock and I headed to nearby San Francisco to watch amateur pilots and engineers test their skills at human powered flight in the Red Bull Flugtag.Though it first started in 1991, this year’s flugtag (“flying day” in German) marked the 10th anniversary of... Read more »

Raspberry Pi in the Sky!

Readying the Raspberry Pi for kite flying.

PublicLaboratory is a fantastic citizen scientist organization with really useful projects like DIY spectrometers (for finding out what’s really in stuff) and aerial mapping for monitoring of oil spills, landfills, etc. They’ve done some fantastic work using the continuous shooting mode of consumer cameras, including converting them to near infrared. The... Read more »