For Sparkfun full post go to : https://www.sparkfun.com/news/1461
Here is the link to the balloons: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CTOYP74/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_...
Ok, i was expecting much larger balloons. I heard they were going to 10foot ones originally. Those are about 1m so they're really quite small, a plane has basically no chance of hitting those and for a copter the optical recognition will need to be really good.
I think the balloons are a sucker bet, 50 points doesn't seem like enough to justify the risk of entanglement.
And like Randy said, hitting those things will require luck or tremendous tech (especially in the wind).
Any time spent aiming for them will likely be a loss.
Yes, I can't justify going for the balloons as an actual way to win the competition but I'm still going for it because where's the fun is you just play it safe.
I was too conservative last year (i.e. flew at too low a speed), I thought most people would end up in the drink and I'd be the last man standing but instead I found that the reasons for failure were hard to forsee and avoid. Best just to go max speed, no holds barred and get maximum points and hope that that's enough to make up for whatever goes wrong.
Yeah, they originally said the balloons would be 10 feet, and I didn't see how any man-portable aircraft would be able to survive popping them directly. Now they are smaller, there's a chance. But seeing them bobbing around in the air like that... I can't even imagine how that would be done if there's any wind at all.
I think we'll have to buy some test balloons and go give it a try but it is unfortunate that when 1 second on the clock equals 1 point, the 25 points / seconds for the balloon isn't worth the time it takes to find them. We also might want to suggest to Robert that they increase the point value so more people will go for them.
Would be better if there were 99 of them (younger folk may not understand)
... and there were bonus points for a German accent. :D
These are made to sniff out red balloons... http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~./cmucam2/
And, the more recent and cool version of it: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/254449872/pixy-cmucam5-a-fast-...
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