Quadcopter update

I’ve been on Vacation in Puerto Vallarta the last week and now I’m working my way home. I’m kicking myself for not bringing a quadcopter and filming a few aerial shots of the beach, the zipline tour, or the turtles laying eggs outside our hotel. Not that I’m unhappy – while I was gone a total of EIGHTEEN people signed up for the quadcopter build night at the VHS, eight more than we expected. Fantastic! Now we’re working on getting all the parts. Apparently shipping one box with 18 copies of parts is a LOT more than 18x shipping one kit, even if we ship it as 18 separate boxes. Weird, huh? So we’re on the phone with them trying to sort this out and make is come in on budget.

I really just want to let you know I’m not dead and I’m sorry I haven’t posted anything lately.

Please don’t feel bad that you’re not on vacation. Take a break and watch this, instead.


Build a Quadcopter at the Vancouver Hack Space


Give the gift of making this winter

Marginally Clever is underwriting a Build your own Quadcopter event at the Vancouver Hack Space this winter. With the help of the prodigious Jon Grieman we’ve designed a custom frame that’s easy to put together and built an list of tested parts. You have until November 13th to put $250 to get in on the group buy. This machine measures ~50cm across and is strong enough to carry a GoPro. It even comes with an extra battery and spare propellors.

Get all the details and sign up right here!

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Makelangelo update: Adafruit Motor Shield 2 Support Added

Adafruit Motor Shield 2

The update is now available at the Makelangelo github repository. We don’t sell the Makelangelo with a v2 motor shield yet so it will not appear in the release packages…yet.

– moved arduino/arduino.ino to arduino/firmware_arms1
– moved arduino/libraries to arduino/firmware_arms1/libraries
– added arduino/firmware_arms2 for adafruit motor shield 2
– added arduino/firmware_arms2/libraries

The previous release was (finally) version 1. From now on they’ll go up in whole numbers.

I love how adding ellipsis before the end of a sentence makes everything a little bit … ominous.

Edit 2018-07-09: AMS1 and AMS2 are no longer supported by Makelangelo.