[Noisebridge-discuss] NoiseDrone

Geoff Shively gshively at gmail.com
Mon Nov 21 05:53:57 PST 2011


Yes  it would be awkward, so any thoughts about a system that tracks a single person/smartphone on the ground, or a secondary person if that signal is lost, with min/max altitude to avoid terrestrial collisions. This would be extremely valuable in the case of Occupy and getting an eye in the sky (we have been calling it a SkyWitness, ya ya ha ha corny but fun) on someone, a journalist, in the shit of a situation, and if person 1 leaves a preset perimeter, then drone defaults to secondary target, and if all lost then return home). 



On Nov 21, 2011, at 5:44 AM, Gian Pablo Villamil wrote:

> I like this device:
> 
> http://www.sensefly.com/products/swinglet-cam
> 
> It autonomously flies a track using GPS guidance, which can be overridden if necessary. Notice how they strongly encourage using the semi-autonomous guidance, and recommend direct joystick control only for experts.
> 
> Cellular is a good link for something like that, since you're not sending realtime control data, but rather commands like "hold station at waypoint #1", "return to launch point", etc.
> 
> It would be awkward to have to try to maintain realtime control in a situation where the operator could be distracted or disrupted.
> 
> On Sat, Nov 19, 2011 at 11:21 PM, Gopiballava Flaherty <gopiballava at gmail.com> wrote:
> I was thinking of something semi-autonomous, capable of hovering and/or finding its way home without meat assisting it.
> 
> On-board video recording so that link death doesn't stop the recording is essential IMHO.
> 
> Perhaps cellular for the primary link, one way VHF / ham as a backup control link? What I like about cellular is that we don't need our own infrastructure so it can be deployed anywhere.
> 
> I'd definitely want at least some sort of short range low latency protocol for landing if we had to land in adverse conditions.
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> gopi at iPhone
> 
> 
> On Nov 19, 2011, at 23:10, Jonathan Lassoff <jof at thejof.com> wrote:
> 
> > What would you do if you had a plane over a crowd of people, and the authorities decide to shut off all cellular service? Not a good situation.
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