Interesting drone article, featuring Jordi!

.... While waiting for his green card, the 21-year-old was marooned in his apartment, unable to work, attend school or obtain a driver’s license.

On the other hand, he had an Internet connection. A Nintendo Wii. A radio-controlled toy helicopter his mother had given him to help kill time.

Tinkering with the Wii’s control wand and a $60 gyroscope he had purchased on eBay, he modified the helicopter to fly itself, just like the $5 million Predator unmanned aerial vehicles deployed by the U.S. military.

Five years later, Mr. Munoz is co-founder and CEO of 3D Robotics, a San Diego-based company that has 18 employees and earned more than $300,000 in revenue in December producing components for hobbyist drones.

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Comment by Ellison Chan on March 14, 2012 at 5:01pm

Quite inspirational!

Comment by Jason Willis on March 14, 2012 at 5:23pm

Drudge report also has a link to it!

Comment by Dany Thivierge on March 14, 2012 at 5:47pm

This is also interesting: 

Mr. Anderson currently is working with an accomplished windsurfing friend to design and program a drone that doubles as a personal, one-robot film crew.

Chris more info? 

Comment by Martin Szymanski on March 14, 2012 at 9:03pm

Welcome to the USA. All accomplishment is required :-)

Comment by Anish on March 14, 2012 at 11:57pm
That is truly inspirational :)
Comment by Wouter van Verre on March 15, 2012 at 1:43am
Very inspirational indeed. I also think that it is a very nice article for the whole community, with the reporter focusing on more than just security & privacy issues.

Comment by Mark Colwell on March 15, 2012 at 3:37am

I am fortunate to be working with Jordi he a gifted engineer, and humble entrepreneur.

I will be developing a new Manufacturing Information & Production System MIPS based on 30 years of project management, configuration control and business object oriented framework, the past week, I have defined most of the core system structure and transferred test data for management functional reviews and continued requirements gathering. it is a massive project but that what I do. 

Returning to San Diego has been super, I hope to live in Ocean Beach near Sunset Cliffs.

Comment by Mark Colwell on March 15, 2012 at 3:40am

P.S. now I need a fresh PassPort to visit our sister factory in TJ Mexico, I used to just walk in and out... O well...

Comment by Anish on March 15, 2012 at 4:06am

@wouter being a researcher in security and privacy , i would be keen to try put out a balanced view, what are my chances of getting in some place where it get noticed, other than submitting it a conference :(

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on March 15, 2012 at 9:34am

Good article.  Got a bit fear-mongering in the middle, but overall it's pretty balanced.


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