Oliver's Blog (11)

Drunk Hockey Fans Mistake Phantom For LAPD Drone, Down It!

Yellow journalism runs amok with another Drone Drama, getting it wrong, again:

The San Francisco Chronicle (a notorious hack-blatt with an accuracy record roughly that of the National Enquirer) has stolen re-posted a story and video clip from something called "Business Insider" (is that an allusion to illegal…

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Added by Oliver on June 14, 2014 at 4:30pm — 19 Comments

Kenya’s new drone program could put a virtual end to poaching

The fight to save the elephants and rhino is going full-on high-tech. Kenya’s government, the Guardian reports, is about to deploy drones in all 52 of its national parks and reserves.

"In a pilot, the amazingly effective strategy reduced…

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Added by Oliver on April 27, 2014 at 7:30am — 16 Comments

Russian Heavy-LIft Hexacopter Breakthrough!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pa9RXH2WoP4&feature=youtu.be

The Russian approach to aircraft design has always been famous for robustness and extreme simplicity, and this now extends to multicopters! Here's their latest, with these features: moving part count, zero;…

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Added by Oliver on April 20, 2014 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Drone flyby reveals ancient village buried in New Mexico

An interesting article on Mother Nature Network "Thermal images captured by a small drone allowed archaeologists to peer under the surface of the New Mexican desert floor, revealing…

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Added by Oliver on April 13, 2014 at 8:26am — 8 Comments

Renault Concept Car With Built-In Multicopter

       For your Saturday morning amusement, from a BBC automotive blog :
                                 
                                  Renault's Kwid…
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Added by Oliver on February 8, 2014 at 10:30am — 11 Comments

Major Robotics Move By Google - With Bozo In The Stew

Here we go again. BBC this morning reports a major further move into robotics by Google's acquisition of seven robotics companies. But the headline to the report references the Amazon drone publicity stunt, as though it is an established part of the landscape. I fully expect to hear the word "Amazon" the next time I fly my Hex in sight of John Q. Public.  I think I'd almost…

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Added by Oliver on December 4, 2013 at 8:07am — 4 Comments

A $109 GoodLuckBuy Brushless Gimbal for the H3 GoPro

Here's a short clip, somewhat adulterated by YouTube, of a test of this inexpensive gimbal and controller that I bought from goodluckbuy.com. The Goodluckbuy SKU is 98952, you can look at it by entering that in their search engine. It's made to mount on a Phantom but it's not hard to work up a mount for most any copter.

Here I'm flying it on my DJI 550 Hex…

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Added by Oliver on August 18, 2013 at 12:52am — 97 Comments

Profiteering from Drone Hysteria

 

A Seattle Web site that resembles a supermarket tabloid has published a silly bit of drivel under the headline Worried about peeping flying drones?…

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Added by Oliver on June 14, 2013 at 9:30am — 16 Comments

Flying Hamburger? Right ...

             

So an insufferably "upscale" fishmonger/burger joint in the UK has posted a video on YouTube claiming to show a tray of food being flown to a customer's table on the back of a quad. The quad appears to be a Parrot (or close to one) and it seems that these folks have discovered some secret to carrying massive weight that…

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Added by Oliver on June 11, 2013 at 7:30am — 13 Comments

News From The North: Oregon's Imaging Ban

Senior Oregon Drone Prevention Agent Griswald Krockoberry mans the 1.2 million dollar Pyongyang-made "Iron Wonder Blossom" Drone Detector near the border of California.

January 1, 2013: The sovereign state of Oregon enacts legislation making the possession or use of airborne photo-imaging devices a…

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Added by Oliver on April 1, 2013 at 12:02am — 10 Comments

A Simple Direct Drive Multicopter Camera Gimbal

Here's a short hi-def video of a tilt/roll camera gimbal that's quick and easy to build, using parts from a nifty line of unique CNC'd aluminum hardware developed and marketed by Servo City (servocity.com) of Kansas and used mostly, it seems, for terrestrial robotics. (I hasten to add that I don't work for them etc., just want to pass on what I think is some…

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Added by Oliver on March 19, 2013 at 1:00am — 13 Comments

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