Aerial drones & GoPro

Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by Wingsley, Aug 18, 2014.

  1. Wingsley

    Wingsley Commodore Commodore

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    Where is the best place to shop for a drone? Any hints on what brand names and features to look for? I want to hook it to a GoPro or other video camera and take aerial footage. Any hints on what to get in a GoPro?
     
  2. Metryq

    Metryq Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    I'm no expert on quad-copters and the like, but many have a camera (perhaps a GoPro) built-in. That video, aside from recording on-board, also feeds live to the smart phone or tablet being used to control the craft.

    RC cars and "tanks" are similarly equipped these days. I use an RC tank to run cables.
     
  3. intrinsical

    intrinsical Commodore Commodore

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    It really depends on the level of video quality you want out of the quad. There are professional gigs with built in camera stabilizer that will allow you to take really amazing shots. There are also dirt cheap tiny amateur quads with built in cameras too.

    In fact, my dad's always been interested in flying machinery so I just ordered a Hubsan X4 H107C via a web store as a birthday gift. I've seen several great reviews on the web about how easy it is to fly and its built-in 2MP camera does a decent job as seen from this video. What's more, its just USD70.
     
  4. ThunderAeroI

    ThunderAeroI Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    As someone who works an airport, I say don't....
     
  5. Tosk

    Tosk Vice Admiral Admiral

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    What does that have to do with it?
     
  6. Haggis and tatties

    Haggis and tatties Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    How long before the sky's are filled with home use drones that we send to the shops to pick up our milk and bread.

    Amazing things.
     
  7. intrinsical

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    Depends. A couple of years ago I was asked if I would be interested in doing my doctorate in autonomous drone navigation. I ultimately decided its not my area of interest, but I did ponder deeply about the issues involved.

    In terms of technology required, its all nearly there. Especially if you're talking about dumbly flying between a limited number of waystations and fixed routes with no obstacle avoidance of any kind, its already been implemented in Africa to deliver medicine, blood samples and AIDS test results.

    Directly delivering goods to an arbitrary house, that's a whole order of magnitude increase in the level of difficulty. Primarily, GPS-navigation alone won't be enough. For example like automated cars, the drone will need to be equipped with sophisticated sensors such as LIDAR and computer vision to detect the local environment in 3D, advanced dynamic route planning and obstacle avoidance algorithms. Its going to require a beefy processor and a huge power supply to carry heavy loads. Likely, it will have to be at least the size of a small motorcycle given current tech. Not impossible, but its going to be quite expensive to develop.