Final Quad Talk
Now that drones are everywhere and heading toward ubiquitous, I am going to close down the Ol’ Quad Talk. It is kind of like writing about the Personal Computer revolution on the early 80’s. Impossible to keep up and well above my pay grade.
Quad Talk started as a primer for members on an emerging RC technology. A friendly spot in the newsletter to read about advances and of course my personal experience with various aircraft.
The first installment was January 2015 and highlighted the many media discussions covering impending FAA rule, local rules and some common sense flying guidelines. Today, those guidelines are incorporated in the new FAA requirements and are part of the AMA member conduct regulations.
During the year, I moved into DIY quads in the spring, and now have four home built quads that I enjoyed building, programing, flying and occasionally coming in contact with Planet Earth at unexpected times. That said, all my quads are still flying and that certainly can’t be said about the fixed wing gear that I have trashed.
Today, I think that we have three basic multirotor classifications: 1) little stuff to fly round the house or the yard (under 200mm), 2) medium sized gear that we can race around the field with or without FPV (250-350mm) and 3) the semi and professional models that are used as video platforms and soon to come mission specialty tasks such as Search & Recovery, agricultural and perhaps 378 other highly useful applications.
Speaking of highly specialized drones, DJI is looking for more specialty crafts with an entry into the agri-biz.
And another great application of drones and sensors. https://youtu.be/Z625R9eljIc
Amazon gave us a glimpse of a new configuration for delivery drones and like Google and Sony, they are moving towards multirotor coupled with fixed wing flight. Kinda the best of both worlds and certainly extends the range. http://money.cnn.com/2015/11/29/media/amazon-drone-video-prime-air/
Now with unlimited stability and control, many multirotor aircraft will come on the scene. Of course, the limiting factor, just like with everything these days is battery life.
Remember Austin Haughwout? He’s the guy who made headlines back in July after posting a video of a gun-toting drone. Well he’s back and this time with an even more terrifying beast.
The Fleye is claimed to be the world's safest drone. It may look like a flying soccer ball, but its shape is designed to keep all the moving parts well out of harm's way and make it a bit more resistant to crash damage. It's not just design that sets the Fleye apart though. A dual core Linux brain with an open SDK (software development kit) and API (application program interface) make this machine less like a conventional drone and more like a flying development platform. http://www.gizmag.com/fleye-autonomous-personal-robot-drone/40765/
7 Reasons DJI Won the Drone Wars. A little premature to call the race at the first turn but an interesting article about key innovations and technology in today’s high end market leader.
Want to go fish hunting with a quad? Here is your next purchase. http://www.quadh2o.com/
Well, I hope you enjoyed Quad Talk this year as the technology advanced from the hobbyist lair and into mainstream and from ‘what is this?’ to ‘oh, we are on the cusp’.
During the next year I am going to spend some quality time with my new 3d printer and you might enjoy my latest blog chronicling, yet again, an adventure. This time into a new technology and new way of approaching product creation. The true Early Adopter is at again.