Drones Drones Drones – everyone is writing about them, talking about them and flying them – but only a select few actually know how they work. This article will provide a brief non-technical explanation of the basics that keep a modern Camera Drone in the air. [Read more…]
Author ( Andrew Baker)
The DJI Phantom 4 is one of the most advanced consumer drones to hit the market to date. DJI has been a leader in this technology for close to 10 years. They continue to push the boundaries of innovation. One of the most talked about innovations of the P4 is the inclusion of optical sensors. Using a separate VPU (Vision Processing Unit) along with computer vision software, sense and avoid capabilities are now a reality. In this series I’ll dissect the P4 piece by piece and give an in depth analysis of the various systems.
In this industry there’s a lot of information that’s constantly being updated and you can find a ton of resources on various drone-related sites, links and forums with open discussions about the latest state of commercial and hobby UAS regulations and rules. But the folks at AllDigital have created a simplified and easy to follow infographic chart that touches on the basic points both nationally and in certain states that have developed their own laws. [Read more…]
Got your new video/photo drone? Check!
Read the Manual? Check!
Run the flight simulator program or practiced with some toy quads? Check!
Made your maiden flights at a large open field (school or similar field) to test the setup? Check!
Now it’s time to find some more varied places to fly and take some stunning still pictures and videos. Don’t be tempted to use your front and back yards and local neighborhood as regular flying grounds – they probably aren’t that interesting and you’ll be quite embarrassed if you need to retrieve your new machine from the neighbor’s pool. Worse yet, you could damage cars, property or injure people.
Finding some more suitable grounds is easy for some…but more difficult for many. Here are some hints and tips which may help you find some safe – and photogenic – places to fly a camera drone. [Read more…]
With all the confusion and rampant discussions from the hobbyist drone industry these past few weeks, on the announcement of the FAA’s recent drone registry requirements, I’d like to try to provide some information and walk you through the typical process that takes only about 5 minutes to complete online.
Starting today, December 21, 2015, the FAA requires registration of personal drones or sUAS (small Unmanned Aircraft Systems) for both recreational and commercial use. Commercial use will still need to file for the Section 333 Exemption process, but all hobbyists flying outdoors with anything larger than .55 lbs (250 gr) will need to comply, according to the FAA. They have extended a rebate period of 30 days for anyone who put a drone into service prior to todays’ date so your $5 fee will refunded after January 21, 2016 and the cutoff date to register is February 19, 2016. [Read more…]
A General Guide for Aerial Photo/Video & FPV Drones for the 2016 – Jeff Foster
2015 has been an amazing year for aerial/drone photography and videography, and I’ve compiled a lzist of great products that will appeal to aspiring aerial videographers just starting out or looking to upgrade to the next level going into the new year! [Read more…]
I’ve been following the folks at B Go Beyond for awhile now as I’ve seen their “flying car” concepts evolve to what is now a crowdfunding campaign to get their latest concept to production. The B-Unstoppable TankCopter is a radio-controlled hybrid land & air craft that quickly transforms from a dual tracked tank on the ground to an airborne quadcopter at the flick of a switch on the remote. [Read more…]
STEMI is a Hexapod Robot you can make on your own at home. Create Your Robot while learning STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education). [Read more…]
Want to fly FPV in Los Angeles? There is a new proposed ruling by the LA city council that would completely ban all FPV flights including those done with a VLOS spotter and even in AMA sanctioned flying fields. If you are found flying FPV in Los Angeles you risk a $1,000 fine and/or 6 months in jail.
The FlyBi drone is a crowdfunding project on IndiGoGo. At first I ignored this concept when I saw it about a month ago and I still don’t understand who exactly FlyBi is trying to market to, which is a little off-putting. The company is using flashy words like “VR” and “Autonomous” to gain traction while sporting a very high promise of features mixed a very low project funding goal goal. I find it hard to believe they will deliver the on the features they are promising. I give my comprehensive review and explain why I think so. [Read more…]