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Quadcopters personal Drones

2013-06-13 00:31:42.913466+00 by TC 1 comments

So this reminded me of Dan's fascination of air frames and my personal desire to have autonomous minions at my beckon. I thinks these would be a hit at a trendy bar ...Airwolf brings your glass Chardonnay


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#Comment Re: made: 2013-06-13 16:32:09.767808+00 by: Dan Lyke

What most astounds me is that some pretty complex control systems are a matter of programming an Arduino.

That demo of the spinning platform with two damaged props was pretty damned impressive. A friend of mine is building an octo-copter because he doesn't want to drop a pricey digital SLR into the ocean when doing dramatic video shots along the coastal cliffs, and that platform can recover from 3 damaged rotors, up to 2 adjacent. But if you can have a reasonable chance of equipment recovery with just 2 remaining rotors...

And this also has some pretty cool implications for engineering survivability with equipment failure as we start to build human carrying quadcopters. Although, frankly, control systems are getting good enough that getting the humans further out of the control loop is a good thing.