The O’Reilly Hardware Podcast: Value in the data, not the drone.What happens when a hobbyist technology goes commercial? In this episode of the Hardware Podcast, Chris Anderson, founder and CEO of 3D Robotics, talks about his company’s journey from “a DIY company to a consumer electronics company to an enterprise software company.”Discussion points:
We’re still calling them drones.
The drone as a data platform for everything from agriculture to infrastructure.
Sense-and-avoid, the ability to detect obstacles and navigate around them, is the most pressing technological issue facing drones today.
The open source roots of modern drones, the sensitive matter of taking some aspects closed-source, and Anderson’s leadership in Dronecode
When it becomes efficient to manufacture in China (Anderson says it’s at 10,000 units)
Footage of Chris Anderson and Hardware Podcast hosts Jon Bruner and David Cranor, shot from a 3D Robotics’ Solo drone, shortly before the interview.