I would like your help.  Safety is my number one issue with drones. Last year I was learning to fly my  Parrot AR. Drone that I had fitted with carbon fiber blades.  I was doing a simple take off and landing in the living room to impress a friend.  I was hovering and accidentally hit the "Home" button. Instead of a soft landing the AR Drone took off from a distance of about 10' from me and came right at my face.  As I was trying to deflect it, the carbon fiber blade put a gash on my left eye, just missing my eyeball.  I don't know about you, but that really soured my experience and nearly put out my eye. 

I had every intention of taking the money I had saved to start a Real Estate Photography company.  Instead I became afraid of the drone. A friend purchased a Phantom from DJI and had a very similar experience on his very first flight.

Oddly enough I became so fascinated with the industry that started to look for solutions to the danger of any multi-rotor with plastic or carbon fiber blades.  I came up with what I affectionately call DroneKone.  It is complete and substantial propeller protection to help make drones safer.

I started a small company with my limited funds and developed a model of my concept.  I was able to get a provisional patent on my safety device.  Then I had a devastating life event and was out of action for a year.  I have recovered.  I don't have any funding at this point except out of my pocket and started seeking funding. I was told by a potential investor that I needed to survey 100 people to find out if my product is market worthy.

Okay enough story.  Simple Survey for Safety:

  1. Yes or No  Are you concerned about drones flying around Children? 
  2. Yes or No  Do you have a concern about your personal safety when flying a drone?
  3. Yes or No  If a safety device was available would you consider purchasing it?
  4.                  What would a safety device look like to you if you could design one?
  5.                  How much would you pay for a safety cage if one was available when you purchase your drone.

I greatly appreciate you reading this far and ask for help.  If this is just plain stupid, then I would like to know that now, before I spend any money on moving further.

Thank you so much for listening.  I am grateful to be a small part of this awesome community.

bob

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Jeyoung,

Thank you for your response.  I personally feel that propeller guards are inadequate protection, but they are certainly better than no propeller guards!

bob

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The attached is a concept I'm working with.  It needs to be versatile to fit multiple copters, but I'm thinking more custom fitted.

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First lol I'm sorry but I could imagine sitting at ur hose and seeing this take place and cold see how this would be a fear full first experience but u forgot the duck and weave move for ur self. I have flew a couple smaller moddel drones in my house until my wife grounded me. The biggest mistake almost everyone makes is the (show off for friends move) this should only be done after learning to fly in an open setting to learn all the controls then show off to ur friends. I have 3 kids and do not have a worries in world about taking off and flying about or hovering above them as I fly around the yard after them do I think safty should be taken yes I do especially with bigger drones they go from toys to something much more and can be very dangerous. I think the biggest thing to sell would be commonsense you know a little goes a very long way but accidents do still happen and any kind of safety features are a must with that said don't let one bad experience ruin things for you life is to short to not do the things you want

Kris,

Thank you for your input.  It was funny after the fact.  I'm glad you use precautions when flying.  I agree this is the biggest thing.

bob

  1. Yes, But I agree that you should never fly around kits. These things are not toys.
  2. No
  3. No

I never fly drones with any type of GPS autopilot indoors. I do fly small drones indoors with only stability augmentation and prop guards.

 

Also those drones controlled by smart phones are not very safe. A good RC transmitter has a much more solid RF link and you have much more precise control. That’s my opinion but I have been flying RC aircraft for 30 years.

 

99.9% of my flying is far away from people and I always stand 10 meters behind a multirotor when taking off.

 

Also never try to show off for your friends. That’s just not a wise thing to do. That’s why there are so many accidents at air shows.

 

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Bob,

1. Yes, I never flight near children. I'm not willing to take that risk. Also don't think that drones are meant to be toys, even when most children dream to have a phantom.

2. Yes. I avoid flying indoors, just outdoors. I always keep a good distance from landing zone and the drone itself. It needs to be far enough that let you have some time for dodge or take cover. A good sunglasses is always welcome to protect your eyes.

 3. Yes

4. I like the propeller guard ideia, bud don't like the extra weight. So, if someone could design an virtual propeller guard it would be nice. Something that could stop the propeller ( BLheli damped light brake ) in case of something should come near it.

5. Nothing. I think that a cage is  more than the necessary for me to feel protected ( being the pilot and following some security rules ), however depending on the audience and the application, a cage would be a good idea.

PS. I would like to buy a cheap ( but reliable ) parachute for my hex. I think they are still expensive. That is a good safety device.

Regards , Fernando

  1. Yes   Are you concerned about drones flying around Children? 
  2. Yes   Do you have a concern about your personal safety when flying a drone?
  3. Yes   If a safety device was available would you consider purchasing it?
  4.                  What would a safety device look like to you if you could design one?

There is no "single safety device". It must be dozens of safety devices of all kinds : hardware, software, environment monitoring, etc

  1.                  How much would you pay for a safety cage if one was available when you purchase your drone.

I would need to buy custom "Lego" parts to fit my custom drones...

  1. Yes  Are you concerned about drones flying around Children? 
  2. Yes  Do you have a concern about your personal safety when flying a drone?
  3. Yes  If a safety device was available would you consider purchasing it?
  4.  Commercially sensitive ;-)   
  5.  $100

Carbon blades give very little tangible benefit, they increase vibration, they don't absorb impact and increase damage to the drone itself in crashes, they are 60x more expensive, they do significantly more damage to people and property...

...and yet people still buy and use them.

Its not 'part of the risks', it is completely unnecessarily making your drone significantly more dangerous than it needs to be. So given there is no sensible reason to be using them and they are responsible for almost every injury used as evidence that the drone hobby is dangerous why not ban them?

By using them you've already proven that you are not sensible enough to have made that decision for yourself.

Ron,

Thank you for your informed reply.  What kind of copter do you fly.  18" props are big.  Do you fly professionally.

I am beginning to understand the need to protect the props from damage as much as to protect the props from damaging other objects.

bob

John,

Thank you for taking time to do this survey.  What kind of copter are you flying?  I appreciate your comment "Rule of thumb: Light, strong, cheap."

Ron,

Thank you for taking time to fill out my survey.  It is very important to me.  I may have a good Idea or not.  The users like you will tell me if I should continue my efforts.

Mike,

Thank you for your reply and insight.  I wish I didn't try to show off to my friend. It was not a good experience.  Thank you for noting a good RC transmitter is much better than the smart phones.  I agree.

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