spectrum.ieee.org / Evan Ackerman / Thu, December 06, 2012
AR Drones can be much, much more than awesome toys. Just recently, we’ve see how the (relatively) inexpensive and versatile flying robots have been used as research tools, but the sky’s the limit as to what you can do with them, so to speak. DroneGames, which took place over the weekend in San Francisco, tasked programmers with hacking the UAVs in the most interesting and creative ways possible.
DroneGames was held at the Groupon offices, and was sponsored by the likes of Groupon itself, Windows Azure, and NodeCopter, which recently started this helihacking movement. Nine teams took part in the competition, which was judged by Chris Anderson (of DIYDrones and now 3DRobotics), Dale Dougherty (founder of MAKE), Andreas Raptopoulos (co-founder of Matternet), and a couple other people.