Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015

No hunting with drones!


"SALEM -- Lawmakers in the state House voted unanimously Wednesday to outlaw the use of drones for hunting or fishing in Oregon.
Though there's no evidence that Oregon hunters or anglers have been using drones, the bill's proponents said it's happened elsewhere.
'Drones have no place in sport hunting, fishing or trapping," said Rep. Brad Witt, a Democrat from Clatskanie who sponsored the bill. "They are simply antithetical to the principle of fair chase and fair catch.'"

I  never knew this was a problem.  If legislators are going to spend their days thinking up what NOT to do with drones, they are going to be very busy.

hybrid quadcopter can fly 100 miles?


"A new hybrid gas-electric aircraft could make drone delivery more practical. Developed by a startup called Top Flight Technologies, the six-rotor drone can fly for more than two-and-a-half hours—or 160 kilometers—carrying a payload weighing nine kilograms."

we can all dream.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

If you buy this drone report ($395) send me a review


"In full, the report:
  • Contains two detailed tables listing all the US companies already authorized to fly drones commercially, the brand/model of UAVs they'll use, and the applications they're supporting
  • Details the implications of the FAA's new proposed rules for commercial drones
  • Explores the top applications for commercial drones and why they have emerged as niches friendly to UAV technology
  • Lists the high-level attributes of UAV systems and hardware, and why there are certain obstacles that remain difficult
  • Contains charts on commercial-drone market size, FAA exemptions, and direct economic impact"
price is a little steep for me. Please send a review.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Local quadcopter fan on local TV


Dude buzzes dinosaur hill.

The World's Largest Cave via quadcopter


"Take an otherworldly journey through Hang Son Doong, the world's largest cave, by both ground and air.
Filmed near the entrance and the first and second dolines (skylights) which are 2.5 and 3.5 km inside the cave respectively."

Saturday, March 14, 2015

quadcopter almost smacks delivery dude


A drone crashed on the Upper West Side Friday evening.

The drone apparently fell out of the sky at 61st Street and Columbus around 6:30 p.m.

The drone landed near a delivery man riding a bicycle.

No one was injured. It's not yet known who the drone belongs to."

Look, people. Don't fly over strangers, ok?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

$60 starter, with camera!


"We had a few successful flights in a local park using the low-speed mode. There’s also a high-speed mode you can toggle via the remote, but before we had a chance to test that and get some more footage, the L6039 appeared to lose connection with the controller and flew off. And that was the last we saw of it. Most likely it was due to the transmitter batteries running flat, desite the LCD panel showing a 'full battery' icon.
Overall, aside from the flyaway incident, the L6039 is a good-value starter quadcopter, and also one of the cheapest with an on-board camera. Video quality is understandably mediocre, but you have to pay a lot more to get good HD footage."

Friday, March 6, 2015

waterproof quadcopter


"Boasting a 17-minute flight time and a top speed of 25mph, Splashdrone is a quadcopter with a watertight gasket and an injection-molded waterproof frame. Piloted by either remote control or smartphone app, it can carry a waterproof camera below its belly and film dramatic continuous shots from under the water and into the sky--like a Wes Anderson film, if he spent his time listening to Dick Dale and filming surfer videos."

I'm not sure this is really needed, but I can see the fun of having a GoPro dangling below this thing underwater, then taking off and flying around. That would make a cool video.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

collision-proof drone


"winner of the ‘UAE drones for good award‘ and the accompanying $1 million USD prize money, the flyability ‘gimbal’ drone is protected by a rotating cage which prevents damages when colliding with obstacles. this world’s first of its kind enables it to enter confined spaces and safely fly close to humans, making it highly effective and useful for rescue missions. at the dubai internet city-located international competition which focuses on how technology will radically reshape government and public services in the future, the swiss company will use the funding to continue developing their lightweight product."

Of course, all that protection adds weight. Still better than my 4 whirling blades of doom.