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Father’s Day Gift Guide

Cool Tools, Electronics, Fun & Games, Gift Guides
June 11, 2014 No Comments

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Mavromatic’s Father’s Day Gift Guide is now available at KGO San Francisco (abc7news.com), KABC Los Angeles (abc7.com), KFSN Fresno (abc30.com), WABC New York (7online.com), WLS Chicago (abc7chicago.com), WPVI Philadelphia (6abc.com), KTRK Houston (abc13.com) and/or WTVD Raleigh-Durham (abc11tv.com) ABC television station sites.  There are 7 gift ideas that I’m sure your dad will love — if you order now on Amazon (using prime), it should arrive in time.

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DIY: Building a Mini Quadcopter Part 10 – ImmersionRC 600mW Video Transmitter

DIY, Electronics, Fun & Games, Hacks & Mods, Kids, R/C Models
June 9, 2014 No Comments

(This is part of a multi-part series on building a FPV mini 240mm quadcopter)

Since I'm building an FPV (first person view) quadcopter it relies on transmitting video from the FPV camera from Part 5 (I'll be covering the goggles and antennas in a future post).

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DIY: Building a Mini Quadcopter Part 9 – 12 Amp PRO RapidESC (SimonK)

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May 22, 2014 No Comments

(This is part of a multi-part series on building a FPV mini 240mm quadcopter)

To power the SunnySky X2204S 2300kv Motors you need an ESC (Electronic Speed Controller).   For this,  I've selected the next generation speed controller from Quadrysteria.  They state the manufacturer of this ESC is the same as the one that made the popular BlueSeries and features newer, higher-quality MOSFETs that run cooler and offer higher peak current -- apparently these ESC are so fast that you can double your PI gains.

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DIY: Building a Mini Quadcopter Part 8 – SunnySky X2204S 2300kv Motors

DIY, Electronics, Fun & Games, Hacks & Mods, Kids, R/C Models
May 21, 2014 2 Comments

(This is part of a multi-part series on building a FPV mini 240mm quadcopter)

Now that the FPV mini quadcopter frame has been selected we need some motors to make it fly.   For that, I've selected 4 SunnySky X2204S 2300kv motors ($23ea).   It was between these or the Tiger's MN1806 2300kv, but paying $43 each for the Tigers would take this copter out of budget (which is going overboard already) -- plus, I like the look of the SunnySky's.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 – IMPRESSIVE!

Electronics
May 20, 2014 No Comments

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OK, Microsoft!  You’ve got my attention!  I have to admit, I used to be a MSFT fanboy, especially because the development tools they offered were the best around at the time.  Back in 2005, I even attempted to build my home automation system using .NET and Flash and built in-wall touch screen (DIY: Inwall 15″ LCD touchscreen).  I had Window’s CE phones (the first “smartphone”), HD-DVD (yup, I supported that), Viewsonic Smart Displays (remember those?), I use Microsoft Media Center with Extenders (MSFT abandoned it).  See, the problem is that MSFT has not stuck through with the great technologies it has created — they release something and right when you think it’s going to go mainstream, they back out and kill it.   I made the switch to Apple’s ecosystem once the iPhone came out and learned to develop in Objective-C.  I’d rather invest in technology that improves (slowly) overtime than ones that come out strong and then nothing comes of it (dies a slow death).

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DIY: Building a Mini Quadcopter Part 7 – BAH Mini Nemesis Folding Frame (240mm)

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May 20, 2014 No Comments

(This is part of a multi-part series on building a FPV mini 220mm 240mm quadcopter)

I've been looking at different frames for the quad I'm building.  The proven 220mm "H-Quad" style frame by Blackout (known as the Blackout Mini H Quad Frame w/ Power Distribution Board) is highly respected and top on my list.   However, many of those have already been built and you can find many awesome videos on YouTube showing it's capabilities.   Steve sent me a forum post at RCGroups.com about a new 240mm folding mini H quad frame by Bay Area Heli called the Nemesis 240mm Mini folding FPV Quad.   It comes in either G10 and Carbon Fiber material.

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