Originally Posted by chilehed
I saw a very similar design at the mall over Christmas: four shrouded rotors, video camera with wireless feed to the TV set in the store. Should be pretty simple to program it so that it follows an RF beacon and keeps the camera pointed towards it. At a power output low enough to be safe for a person in a collision, it'd never be able to keep up with a skier.
I initially thought a gust of wind would topple that thing, but perhaps not. A personal drone? Now that would be cool allowing you to be photographed while skiing with the option to take out any SOB that runs into you. The holes left in the slope from the Hellfire missiles will just add character to the place and will someday be considered big moguls. Cameras on all the lift towers and trees surrounding the good runs? Why not? Terrain parks? It is a given. Program your iPhone to record the time when you ski by and download the video at the base. The ski areas are already photographing for free so why not do the videos, too? Can anyone say, "Big Brother?"
Seriously, people want to be photographed. Renting a personal coptercam or downloading vids automatically taken in terrain parks may be the future of on hill photography. I hope not, but if you build it they will come.