Recently I wrote an article concerning an individual who thought it would be quite interesting to fly a drone into the stands at the US open Tennis tournament. This was a bad example of how to implement drone usage, this example below is a crazy yet fantastic example of how to use drones in a creative manner, a gentleman who goes by the YouTube moniker gasturbine101, as you do, has managed to construct a helicopter out of 54 drones and a garden chair.
You know you would like to see it, below is the video, as you can see its pretty crazy to say the least, imagine flying this past your next door neighbours bedroom window at 5am in the morning, they will feel as if they have been on the Jack Daniels all night. This contraption is powered by four cell batteries and the estimated cost of construction has been around the £6000 mark. oh and, if it looks like a machine powered by drones and fly’s like a machine powered by drones then the name would be? Yes you guessed it “The Swarm Manned Aerial Vehicle Multi-rotor Super Drone”.
For those who like detail then Gasturbine101 states that he used 54 counter-rotation propellers, six grouped control channels with KK2.15 stabilization. The off weight is around 148kg, max lift, approx. 164kg. The Endurance is 10 minutes and Power is approximately. 22KW.
With a lot of tinkering this invention could be quite revolutionary, the only slight thing is that I would be concerned about my head if I sat hovering in one of these, if an incident happened then your head is not a million miles away from those propellers. gasturbine101 also states that the craft might “need a tail rotor for spot turns.” it’s certainly a stunning piece of kit which might bring personal transport devices one step closer to reality, especially if a sizeable company adopted and invested in this notion with the aim of developing it for consumer use, iplane of Googlehover.
PhaseOne announced today that it has developed the world’s smallest 80-megapixel medium format camera that is designed specifically for aerial photography. The iXU 180 is a high-end low profile camera that weighs two pounds without a needed lens.
The camera has a tiny size, with a 3.8″x3.6″x4.3″ body that is gyro-mountable for steady shots. With the camera and lens coming in at over three pounds it will take a decently powerful drone to serve as a base for using this camera. Along with the 80 megapixel version there will be two different 60 megapixel versions coming out, a black and white model and a color model. The camera will start to ship in mid-April, but currently there is no word on pricing.
Are you sick of replacing the lightbulbs in your home multiple times a year? Well, the accepted planned obsolescence of lightbulbs may become a thing of the past. Jake Dyson, son of the inventor of the Dyson bagless vacuum cleaner and the Dyson Airblade hand-dryer, has developed a revolutionary new LED light that will last for 40 years (12 hours a day use).
The lamp unit, called Aerial, will retail for around £1,400 ($2,000) upon release in May. While the price may appear steep, if you calculate the false economy of buying conventional lightbulbs over a 40 year period, the Aerial wins out.
Dyson reveals that the secret behind the Aerial’s longevity – 180,000 hours of use, at full brightness – is a sophisticated temperature control system; its heat sinks keep the bulb at a moderate 55 degrees Celsius, or lower.
Cameraman Danny Cooke, working on a report for CBS News, has shared this amazing montage of footage largely taken with a drone, from the devastated town of Pripyat – the site of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station Disaster.
Cooke managed to capture the radiation riddled ruins of Pripyat in a way like no-one else before him, using his DJI Phantom drone with a GoPro Hero 3+.
“Chernobyl is one of the most interesting and dangerous places I’ve been. The nuclear disaster, which happened in 1986 (the year after I was born), had and effect on so many people, including my family when we lived in Italy. I can’t imagine how terrifying it would have been for the hundreds of thousands of locals who evacuated.” – Danny Cooke.
GoPro is reportedly planning to introduce a line of consumer drones.
The Wall Street Journal says that the company, famous for its line of rugged High Definition cameras, will introduce its own drones next year. They say the drones will cost between $500 and $1000.
They say the move to sell drones is in response to a wave of competition to GoPro’s products from a number of companies including Sony and HTC. As a notable example, HTC recently introduced its RE Camera, a rugged, viewfinder-less camera that’s designed to be used for the same purposes as the GoPro. Although, that product may not fare too well considering its inhaler-like appearance.
The Journal also points out that it’s not just about cameras themselves – a number of drone manufacturers who previously provided special attachments for the use of a GoPro, are now including their own high definition cameras. This is most evident with the DJI Phantom, a drone which was often paired with a GoPro by its users, but its successor, the DJI Phantom 2 Vision, includes its own camera.
Parrot, the French telecommunications company, now more famous for its A.R. Drone, has announced that its new Bebop Drone will go on sale next month starting at $500.
The new drone is being billed as a ‘prosumer’ drone, with its 1080p, 14MP camera, 3-axis image stabilisation and optional range extender controller. The base model starts at $500, which you control with a smartphone or tablet, and the more expensive model will be available for $900 and includes the SkyController which extends the range from 200 metres to 2 kilometres. Both will be available from Best Buy and Apple Stores next month.
Many are seeing it as a competitor to the popular DJI Phantom – a drone famous for its ease of use and professional-grade video recording capabilities. It seems that this consensus is accurate too, as many who have tried the drone say that it is easy to fly, yet provides incredible footage and is pretty much indestructible.
Indestructible is important too, my drone flying days ended when my A.R. Drone went out of range and fell 2 storeys. Whoops.
A NASA drone made out of fungus, yes fungus, has completed it’s first flight.
The drone consists largely of material made from mushrooms, specifically mycelium, a material that can be made to grow into any shape. This is then covered with cellulose before being coated in the proteins used by wasps to cover their nests. Everything, apart from the motors and batteries, were designed to be completely biodegradable. This would be incredibly beneficial when flying drones through environmentally sensitive areas, where a crashed drone could result in devastating contamination.
The drone could also aid surveillance missions, where the traces left by a grounded drone could lead to an international incident.