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Why Drones are Ditching their DIY Roots

By AINSLEY O'CONNELL for FastCompany:  When hobbyist drone pilot Michael Kolowich ordered his Cinestar-8 octocopter in 2013, he traveled from Boston to Montana, where it had been assembled, to pick it up. "I went up there for four days of training in how to fly it safely, how to get great shots with it, the ins and outs of the platform," he says. "It really did take that much training to get the most out of it."

How the world has changed in just two years. "Almost every serious video drone then was somewhat custom-built," he says. Now, for a fraction of what Kolowich paid, aspiring drone pilots can pick up a "serious" drone at their local Best Buy. The drone community, circa 2015, is at an inflection point, with DIY tinkering giving way to mass-market distribution.

"A year or two ago it was far more custom builds. Now you see it standardizing quite a bit," says Dan Burton, CEO and cofounder of Dronebase, an online platform for booking commercial drone services. Burton was first introduced to drones while serving in the Marines; after returning to the U.S. and attending business school, he began helping commercial drone pilots manage their financials. Dronebase, which effectively allows pilots to outsource their sales and operations, is a natural extension of that hands-on experience.

Burton describes the drone community as comprised of "very passionate hobbyists." But increasingly, the community’s creative, maker mindset is directed toward the cinematics of operating the drone camera, rather than toward the construction of the flying robot itself.  Cont'd...

Blue Frog Robotics Rolls Out Developer Program for BUDDY

The World's First Open-Source Companion Robot

Cogobuy Builds Industry Ecosystem for Robotics Industry

Aims to Expand Presence in Trillion-level Emerging Robotics Market

Velodyne LiDAR to Co-Sponsor Automotive Vehicles Symposium

LiDAR Market Leader on Hand During High-Level Gathering in Michigan

KC Robotics Launches New "Ready Weld" Series

The industrial robotics company in West Chester, KC Robotics, revolutionizes factory welding.

Toyota Accelerates Home Helper Robot Program

Toyota is accelerating development of a robot that can perform tasks in the home to help elderly and disabled people lead independent lives.

The Human Support Robot (HSR) is its response to the rising demand for long-term elderly care. The World Health Organisation predicts that by 2050, 22 per cent of the world’s population will be over 60 years old.

The HSR is compact and highly manoeuvrable, with a lightweight, cylindrical body and a folding arm. It can pick up objects off the floor, reach things down from shelves and perform a variety of other tasks.

Toyota is teaming up with a number of research bodies to set up the HSR Developers’ Community, making a combined effort to hasten development and early practical adoption of the HSR.

Artificial intelligence is not yet a substitute for human care, but the HSR will be able to be operated remotely by family and friends, with the operator’s face and voice being relayed in real-time. This will allow for genuine human interaction as the HSR goes about its work.  Cont'd...

Japan`s Vision as Robotics Super Power; New Industrial Revolution Driven by Robots

For 2015, a Grand Robot Exhibition in Japan is taking place during December 2nd to 5th as a joint venture of Japan Robot Association and the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun.

MICROMO Introduces The most compact 3‐channel encoder of its class!

The most compact 3‐channel encoder of its class!

MICROMO Introduces the MCST 3601 - Powerful New Drive Electronics for Stepper Motors

MCST 3601 - Powerful New Drive Electronics for Stepper Motors

ITyX Solutions selects Orlando for its Americas headquarters

German market leader in self-learning software opens a new office in Florida

New ABB RobotStudio App in the Okuma App Store Maximizes CNC Machining Production and Profitability

ABB's simulation and offline programming software allows robot programming to be performed without disrupting production.

Rapid Imaging Software Develops Augmented Reality App for Small Drones

SmartCam3D View augmented reality for small drones/unmanned systems will lead to safer and more effective drone use for the drone market.

Drone World Expo Provides a Sneak Peek at a Few of the Exciting Conference Sessions Being Planned for November Event

November 17-18, 2015, at the San Jose Convention Center

Companies are making human-like robots and they think they've stumbled on the biggest thing since the iPhone

Cadie Thompson for Business Insider:  Downloading apps on your own personal robot may become as common as downloading apps on your smartphone.

Robot makers Jibo and Blue Frog Robotics are creating social robots that are aimed at living with humans and in order to entice consumers they are selling them for about the same cost as an iPhone.

Jibo’s robot called Jibo is priced at about $749 for pre-order and Blue Frog Robotics’ robot called Buddy is priced at $549.

But these companies are also promising consumers that these little live-in robots are going to become the biggest platform since Apple’s iPhone, capable of performing all kinds of functions via apps.

“It’s like the iPhone, if we want to reach the mainstream and have success we need many very interesting apps,” said Frack de Visme, the chief financial officer of Blue Frog Robotics.

“We are going to have an open system so many developers can develop and create amazing apps so that it become mainstream.”  Cont'd...

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