July 2015

The other day I found this ‘review’ of the new Phantom 3Pro on Amazon. It so hysterical, I decided it should lead off this month’s Quad Talk. (I trust that Mr. Kinski is back on his meds and returned to the home.)

Drones

ByBartok Kinski "A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything."on June 3, 2015

Frankly, I hate Drones, for alas, now we have more irritating things to worry about in this ridiculous gadget-fueled life.

Most Drones are bought by nerds, perverts and people intent on harming others, there is no exception. I've seen this rude type of behavior in parks, where Drone operators "buzz" in on those sitting at benches or walking. Nerds use them for analyzing the air, to gauging the stratocumulus clouds floating about, hardly an innocuous pastime, since many birds have been "cut up" or left mangled by sharp Drone propellers. Perverts, well, you can imagine what they use them for.

Others uses, well, those are just invented to keep these things in the air. Already, a few Drone operators have killed themselves with their sheer neglect of obvious flying rules and arrogant boasting of flying skills. They have also lost fingers, torn nose cartilage and chopped off pieces of scalp from their head. They fail to heed that these are dangerous machines built in China, so they are sub-standard and will fall apart right out of the box

Battery reliability is so weak that Drones have a 68 - 88% chance of failing down to the ground. If you are flying over pools or other heavily populated areas, there will be injury.

I also do not see the attraction Drones have on these ridiculous gadget-fueled people who scoop them up at flea markets. Has it come to that, that we need to have 6000 Drones overhead? I say not dear fellow, so pick up your hammers!

Hence, when I received this Drone as a gift, I went immediately to the pawn shop to get some cash and donate it to a soup kitchen. The guy with a cigar in his mouth said, "Yeah, this is a real piece of junk." I acceded and added, "Sir, these are the scourge of our society!" Later, we took this Drone to an aeronautical engineer who examined it. He found it to be of the lowliest quality and purely inferior junk. It was not fit for flight by any decent standards, the props were bent, the landing sticks smashed and the manufacturing area of the motor was horrible. Many of the lines were not put together very well and he even found particles of skin, probably from a Chinese worker.

I have trouble imagining men of no conscience putting these Drones up in the air without any concern for those down below. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has refused to act on these because they know that Chinese manufacturing jobs are a big boon for greedy corporations. So don't be startled when you see some pockmarked kid in the park with one of these. He probably has never read a book in his life, so what is he doing flying a Drone? The same as when they give teenagers addicted to texting, a car. Death.

I won't have a thing to do with Drones. And I don't care what kind of opinions will attack me because of my views, I stand firm in my resolution to be Drone-free!

WOW!

I want to add my two cents to the discussion as to whether GoPro should get into the UAV business or not. :NOT! http://www.forbes.com/sites/ryanmac/2015/06/12/why-gopro-decided-to-build-a-drone/ I personally think GoPro is a forever ‘single product’ company and their claim to ‘vast troves of cloud media’ holds little value to me nor other investors.

The following links should be of interest if you’re following the adventure:

Good tips when using a UAV for aerial videography:  http://www.dronesden.com/10-surefire-drone-photography-tips/

Here is the first large military attempt to make a coaxial Heli that I have seen: http://www.gizmag.com/sikorsky-s-97-raider-maiden-flight/37716/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=b512f745bd-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_65b67362bd-b512f745bd-91459317

Quite self-serving with little revealed that could not have been said in 30 seconds but an interesting approach none the less. http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/yeair-gas-powered-drone-kickstarter/#/2

In case you missed this, it should be filed in the ‘very bad idea’ category: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/video-shows-enrique-iglesias-slicing-fingers-on-drone-during-concert-2015-06-01?siteid=rss&rss=1

I love it when software geek category talk like this. (If you have questions, please contact JD.)

http://sdtimes.com/code-watch-learning-to-be-a-multi-rotor-hobbyist/

Cheaters http://www.cbsnews.com/news/china-uses-drone-to-spot-cheaters-on-college-entrance-exams/

Matrix http://dev.dji.com/en/products/flying-platforms/matrice-100?utm_source=newsletter_m100_release_campaign&utm_medium=edm&utm_campaign=&sc_src=email_233899&sc_eh=ed21ed4f55682ea91&sc_llid=284612&sc_lid=5193907&sc_uid=FAExzuxfIL

‘Wanta Race?’ Underground drone Racing  https://youtu.be/QcCIvclSys8

Next month JD, Tim and I hope to deep dive into First Person View tech and gear. Lot’s going on in this segment particularly with DJI’s new Phantom 3 and their ramp of WIFI. Very exciting.

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