The Project will bring together existing open source drone projects and assets under a nonprofit structure governed by The Linux Foundation. The result will be a common, shared open source platform for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).
It’s great to see the community coming together under a more formal system of governance. Organization is always a good thing in my opinion. Hopefully this will lead to open source UAV solutions becoming the standard in the industry. As commercial use of drones grows this group has the potential to funnel money and research back into these projects which would be a great thing!
Do you want thermal imaging capabilities but don’t have thousands of dollars? Never fear, Flir has come out with the Flir One. A cheap (fairly low resolution) thermal imaging sensor that comes in at the same price as low end night vision systems ~$350. The only problem is that you have to attach it to an iPad. Well Mike Harrison (http://www.electricstuff.co.uk) has done a great teardown of the Flir One, pulled out the sensor and crammed it into a a tiny form factor of his own design!
The Atlantic just published a pretty interesting photo essay on improvised/DIY weapons being used by the Syrian rebels. It looks like their main goal is making munitions (shells, mortar rounds, rockets and IED’s). There were some remote controlled stuff and some downright medieval stuff (catapults and slingshots). Very interesting all in all. The last article they did had a lot more improvised robotics. It looks like they have found that these are not as effective as dumb munitions for their needs.