[Noisebridge-discuss] occucopter hackers

Jared Dunne jareddunne at gmail.com
Thu Feb 2 16:23:44 PST 2012


I just wanted to share this article/video with those of you interested in
mini drones:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/02/flying-robots-nano-quadrotor-drones-swarm_n_1249442.html

There is some really impressive stuff there with them flying in formation
and such.

j-

On Fri, Jan 6, 2012 at 6:16 AM, Geoff Shively <gshively at gmail.com> wrote:

> Ahoy all- Ive been working an Occucopter project with Tim Pool, a
> journalist in NYC. We have been hacking about with an live streaming
> (ustream) AR-Parrot, which has been ok... wifi link sucks, even with a nice
> omni-antenna fixed on the drone, when it looses connectivity it just lands
> below its current location, automatically wherever that may be (on peoples
> heads, a body of water, whatever). So instead what about using a 3g android
> phone to control the drone and send video over 4g by adding 1 android
> phones on the drone. Possibly use Armino http://www.amarino-toolkit.net/
>
> Maybe to solve the short-crap-flight-time problem, it could come back to
> base, drop a battery pack and pick a new one up. cool.
>
> object/person tracking will be amazingly useful with reporter drones. Toss
> the copter up and it follows you like a shadow. yes, tough in a crowd
> unless it was tracking some kind of bright hat or pattern on said hat. So
> you didnt have to deal with flying it, just toss it up and let it track you
> with a ceiling and floor height set. If it looses you it can just stay at
> the last point until it needs recharge or re-aquires the target or go to a
> waypoint or raise to max ceiling height and try to acquire target.
> www.cs.cornell.edu/courses/CS4758/2011sp/final_projects/spring_2011/Gemici_Zhuang.pdf
>
> droid phone could run the tracking also...
>
>
>
>
> On Jan 5, 2012, at 6:17 PM, Erik Nelson wrote:
>
> Solution 1: Put the tethers in obnoxious, high and/or mildly unsettling
> places.
>
> Also, with Mylar expect the man to complain that it will come loose and
> fry on a powerline. By fry, I mean short circuit.
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