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post #32 of 51

I hate how as a culture we have started to refer to every remote control device as a drone, especially with the negative conottations associated with the word "drone".

post #33 of 51
Kind of like 'nuclear'. smile.gif
post #34 of 51

Or "nuke-ular."

post #35 of 51

Naw...it's a generator feedback re-winder.

post #36 of 51
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Originally Posted by ecimmortal View Post
 

I hate how as a culture we have started to refer to every remote control device as a drone, especially with the negative conottations associated with the word "drone".

 

I thought that the term "drone" was reserved for RC devices that had special purposes and tasks and some level of automation involved.  We're not talking about my ClodBuster truck.  "Drones" usually replace people in some fashion.

 

 

 

 

They're ALL evil.  Did you ever see Maximum Overdrive??

post #37 of 51
post #38 of 51

Most people refer to them as quadcopters or uav's not drones.

Then there was the guy who made his dead cat into a quadcopter.....(it's on youtube I swear)

Btw, ads are starting to show up on the side from amazon for that exact model.

 

nuc u lar / nu cle ar

post #39 of 51

Most people call them drones.

post #40 of 51

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Originally Posted by Tog View Post
 

Most people refer to them as quadcopters or uav's not drones.

Then there was the guy who made his dead cat into a quadcopter.....(it's on youtube I swear)

 

I was seriously hoping you were kidding, but nope.

 

post #41 of 51

That is so sick.

post #42 of 51
Some people..
post #43 of 51
Quadcopter! I've been thinking about them recently, I want to get one.
post #44 of 51

The cat 'copter  is one of the oddest things ever. Newest entry for 101 uses for a dead cat.  I think he's Dutch if it helps.

 

Meanwhile, the 'Loafers are on the ball but continuing the inappropriate use of "drone".

 

Sugarloaf:

 

http://gortonator.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/late-spring-at-sugarloaf/

post #45 of 51
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Originally Posted by Sh4d0w View Post

Quadcopter! I've been thinking about them recently, I want to get one.

 

I'd recommend getting something like this to start:  http://www.massiverc.com/PrestaShop/en/103-wl-toys-v212-ver-2-rtf-updated-tx-alien-canopy.html

 

Because it has accelerometers it's actually very easy to fly. The accelerometers allow the user to let go of the controls and the quad pretty much comes to a stop. You can even toss it in the air upside down, hit the throttle control and it rights itself…pretty amazing. Spare parts are relatively cheap - so it's best to buy a couple extra main frames and a set of blades. There is a camera equipped model (922) - obviously it's a small non-gimbal camera, but the video isn't bad at all. You'll want a couple extra batteries too - it's got about a 10 minute flight time.

 

I also have a smaller one without accelerometers and it's much harder to fly because it wants more constant input - if you are moving in one direction and you put the controls a neutral, it keeps going. 

 

Even the micro quads for flying indoors have accelerometers now.

 

The enthusiast grade (like the Phantom that Bob saw) and pro grade quads have pretty sophisticated flight control boards. Many have GPS capabilities that will allow the aircraft to return to "home" if it loses the connection with the controller. And even fairly inexpensive quads can be found with first person view capability -  put on a pair of goggles for your monitor and you get the sensation of actually flying on the aircraft. At that level there are two cameras - the pilot camera, and the video camera that is typically on a gimbal mount. Flight time on the enthusiast or pro models is quite a bit longer at over 20 minutes- bigger batteries (which need to be handled with care - lithium polymer, capable of serious fires if not charged properly).

 

 

 

With all the built in tech - fairly easy to learn to fly with some competence. But that doesn't make one an expert. And these things can be seriously dangerous if they hit someone. There's a video on youtube of a Phantom being crashed repeatedly into the side of a NYC building - then it crashed to the street almost hitting someone. Also heard of a triathlete - I think i Australia - getting hit by one recently during a race.

post #46 of 51
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Originally Posted by billyymc View Post
 

 

I'd recommend getting something like this to start:  http://www.massiverc.com/PrestaShop/en/103-wl-toys-v212-ver-2-rtf-updated-tx-alien-canopy.html

 

Because it has accelerometers it's actually very easy to fly. The accelerometers allow the user to let go of the controls and the quad pretty much comes to a stop. You can even toss it in the air upside down, hit the throttle control and it rights itself…pretty amazing. Spare parts are relatively cheap - so it's best to buy a couple extra main frames and a set of blades. There is a camera equipped model (922) - obviously it's a small non-gimbal camera, but the video isn't bad at all. You'll want a couple extra batteries too - it's got about a 10 minute flight time.

 

I also have a smaller one without accelerometers and it's much harder to fly because it wants more constant input - if you are moving in one direction and you put the controls a neutral, it keeps going. 

 

Even the micro quads for flying indoors have accelerometers now.

 

The enthusiast grade (like the Phantom that Bob saw) and pro grade quads have pretty sophisticated flight control boards. Many have GPS capabilities that will allow the aircraft to return to "home" if it loses the connection with the controller. And even fairly inexpensive quads can be found with first person view capability -  put on a pair of goggles for your monitor and you get the sensation of actually flying on the aircraft. At that level there are two cameras - the pilot camera, and the video camera that is typically on a gimbal mount. Flight time on the enthusiast or pro models is quite a bit longer at over 20 minutes- bigger batteries (which need to be handled with care - lithium polymer, capable of serious fires if not charged properly).

 

 

 

With all the built in tech - fairly easy to learn to fly with some competence. But that doesn't make one an expert. And these things can be seriously dangerous if they hit someone. There's a video on youtube of a Phantom being crashed repeatedly into the side of a NYC building - then it crashed to the street almost hitting someone. Also heard of a triathlete - I think i Australia - getting hit by one recently during a race.


Thanks for the info! I'll save the link to the one you recommended. I really want one that can be programmed to follow me as I ski via GPS if I have my phone with me, those ones are probably really expensive though.

post #47 of 51

And -here's your drone :

 

http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/06/k-max-robotic-chopper-delivers-airmans-salute-to-afghan-danger/

 

Capable of autonomous flight / cargo delivery…has delivered millions of pounds in Afghanistan. 

post #48 of 51
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Originally Posted by billyymc View Post
 

And -here's your drone :

 

http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/06/k-max-robotic-chopper-delivers-airmans-salute-to-afghan-danger/

 

Capable of autonomous flight / cargo delivery…has delivered millions of pounds in Afghanistan. 


LOL. There's actually one built for action sports that can do it though: http://nextlevelaerialfilming.com/

 

This video might have been filmed with that, not positive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXu_7L9uKgo

post #49 of 51

In italy :

-Since the beginning of the month an ad-hoc pilot licence is compulsory for people who want to work using drones (to fly commercially useable drones above a certain weight)

 Newspaper are claming that it's one of the new work opportunities and one that has good possibilities to develop and develop well. Time will tell.

-As an example, it's someone is already studying their application as SAR devices in post avalnches searches, the piece is, unfortunately in italian (few keywords : "ARVA/ARTVA" = Beacon, first prototypes will be available within five years...)

 http://torino.repubblica.it/cronaca/2014/05/07/news/dal_politecnico_i_droni_antivalanga_cos_salveremo_chi_resta_sepolto-85421906/

post #50 of 51

July 4th fireworks using quadcopter and GoPro.  Enjoy!

 

post #51 of 51

@marznc I've seen several of those videos from fireworks, all of which are pretty incredible.  But I've also seen a ton of warnings about how dangerous and illegal it is to fly a drone into fireworks.  

 

When we attended my nephews wedding, which was outside, Phil was itching to have a drone to take photos.  He's right, it would be cool. :D 

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