Sunday, May 17, 2020

Don't shoot down drones

"Two employees approached the man and asked him what he was doing. Soon afterwards, someone else shot the drone out of the sky. The man says his drone cost $1,900.
The authorities arrested 34-year-old Travis Duane Winters and charged him in Watonwan County District Court, The Free Press says. Officials say Winters admitted to shooting the drone. He faces charges of criminal damage to property and reckless discharge of a weapon within city limits"

Let the police handle it.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Drones fight fire

Using huge-ass drones with hoses to put out a fire.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

new drone law proposed in South Dakota

"It eliminates the loophole and it forces commercial drone operators of all kinds to operate a drone for only legitimate, business purposes," said Representative David Johnson, District 33. "Ultimately, we're trying to protect South Dakota citizens' natural right and expectation of privacy in a private place."

Seems ok to me.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

fighting a virus with drones

"Chinese state-run agency Global Times released a video of a drone that is flying in the air and detecting patrons who are not wearing masks while outdoors amid the spread of the coronavirus.
The drone specifically calls out people based on the color of their clothes to efficiently enforce the rule.
The video has gone viral on Chinese social media and was praised as a creative and efficient way to raise awareness of ongoing coronavirus."

I really don't want drones running around telling me what to do.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

woman harassed by drone

"Mary Dunham has gotten used to seeing drones flying around Gorham, where she lives, but this week was the first time one followed her.
She didn’t like it.
On two consecutive days, Dunham, 43, called police to report the suspicious drone surveillance. But each time, officers told her there wasn’t much they could do. Her experience underscores the fact that, as drones have become more and more popular among everyday Americans, the devices remain little regulated."

some things about this story don't seem right.  There ARE rules, like needing permission before flying over private property, not flying over people without permission, etc.  Also, 8 miles is a long way for a regular quadcopter to fly.  So i'm not sure this is all correct here. Still, this kind of stuff is no doubt happening.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

drones to reforest

An interesting way to replant forests. They make pucks of seeds, fertilizer, and anti-vermin contents so the seeds don't get simply eaten.  One drone makes a map of the area, then software sends out the seed drones to strategically drop the seed pucks over an area.  Ta da!  Reseeding done!  

Saturday, December 14, 2019

drone killers line up

"This week, the Center for the Study of the The Drone at Bard College published a research paper on counter-drone technology that includes a list of 537 counter-drone systems displaying jaw-dropping diversity, from hand-held guns that detect a drone’s radio-frequency and blast it with microwaves to ground installations that listen for drones and fire a net. 

According to the report, which covers the legal framework for these tools as well as their effectiveness, not all drone downers are created equal, however. Jamming a drone might work great on the playground, but could get you arrested at the airport. And more advanced drones are immune to older counter-measures, the report found."

I think it's going to be a while before this all shakes out.