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:
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.
I have posted more pictures in my photo album. If you want more information on the company I am building it can be found at www.safethedrones.com. Let me know what you think even if it is negative. I know I am starting a campaign that is against the grain. I love quads and hex copters. I think a healthy awareness of safety is due. We talk so much about the mechanics, but have not ventured into the aesthetics. I think as a community we can have healthy discussions about both.
Safety for Both Spectator and Operator is Priority,you don't want to hit anybody including your self.
, Private/Public Property comes next. you also don't want to do damage to other peoples property too.
yes Carbon Props do more damage than the Plastic ones. and on an AR drone there is not much Performance difference between the two.
ARdrones are relatively safe as Stock . plastic Props bent and the inbuild Amp meter shuts the motor off if the prop hits anything like your finger Plus when indoor flying whith people around keep the Prop guards on and at 500g or so on a EPP foam body its light, an power off Drop will hit you hard but certainly not kill you.
also most Toy multi-rotors are Less than 1Kg with Prop guards permanently bolted and are meant for kids to play with
more precaution should be taken for Commercial / Hobby multirotor since they are more heavier and sturdier than the toy grade units.
"People who've make bad choices shouldn't be trusted not to make bad choices" is not an insult, its a fact.
If you are breaking props mid flight then you have the wrong motor/prop combination. CF props are not correcting that, they are hiding it. You will still be victim of the inefficiency and shorter battery times it causes.
Thank you for your comments. I agree that the ARdrone is relatively safe. I was just using it in the wrong way. Most of my concern is for the commercial side, which affects the hobbyists side. If we make the multi-rotors safe in all situations then us hobbyists can enjoy flying in a wider variety of locations.
I read a story that a aerial photography company using parachutes was allowed to fly over crowds. I didn't tag the article and couldn't tell you where this was on the earth, but it was a significant statement. The municipality or governing agency acknowledge the safety difference between aerial photography done with a safety measure and photography without that safety measure. It made a bid difference to the operator also as their fly zone expanded.
Toy grade units don't really interest me. I feel strongly about this issue and hope others do too.
FYI. In the US the FAA considers any sUAV under 4 lbs to be hobby or recreational, thus all regulation for the industry is mainly for commercial use. This is what I have been proposing. I am not proposing restriction or regulation of the under 4 lbs sUAV. The FAA appears to not have the Hobbyist in their pervue or discussions.
I would like to thank everyone for participating in the survey. Thanks!
It seems I have started off on the wrong foot with you. I hit the wrong key and tried to send a message to you with my friend request, but will have to send a public message.
It's almost three months since we last spoke. I wasn't trying to be rude, but definitely was an ass. Mea culpa over.
I have not been idol. I have thought about what you have said quite a bit. I would like to solicit your opinion on something. I have a US Patent Pending and am writing an application for a Non-provisional Patent. I have spent a good deal of time on this and would like an outside opinion. I'm not quite done, but am basically done with the verbiage. If you would like to see a quite different version of this safety cover, I would like to send it to you. Let me know