Great Sand Dunes National Park is home to the tallest dunes in North America and one of the most complex dune systems in the world. As part of their research and monitoring work, the park’s staff must track how the dunes shift from year to year. But because it is federally designated wilderness area, vehicles are not allowed to drive on the dunes. Any ground measurements must be done entirely on foot, and with the highest dune measuring 755 feet tall, a full ground survey of the sand-packed area is next to impossible. Drone mapping, integrated with civil engineering software, produces accurate geospatial mapping of the sand dunes and provides researchers with high-quality data sets.
Welcome to drone day on the Adafruit blog. Every Monday we deliver the latest news, products and more from the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), quadcopter and drone communities. Drones can be used for video & photography (dronies), civil applications, policing, farming, firefighting, military and non-military security work, such as surveillance of pipelines. Previous posts can be found via the #drone tag and our drone / UAV categories.
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.