Friday, August 29, 2014

Meet Kama, The Surfing Pig

If you are heading to Hawaii anytime soon, you might want to watch for surfing pigs. Kama is a pet pig in Oahu, Hawaii. Kama love's the water! Watch this GoPro captured video of Kama riding the waves in a recent surf session.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Drone Advertising

A Drexel University student has started the only drone based advertising company in the United States, Dronecast. The idea is similar to the prop planes that fly with big banners following behind them promoting various businesses. Currently Dronecast has six drones, and each are equipped with modifications that include folding landing gear and bigger motors. Using DJI Phantom 2's and a DJI S1000 Dronecast hopes to broaden the advertising market and offer more advertising solutions.

Monday, August 25, 2014

UAV Captures Footage After 6.0 Earthquake in Napa

Using a DJI Phantom 2 Vision + a pilot  demonstrated how a UAV could be used to assess the damage after a natural disaster. The pilot notes that he did not interfere with any of the clean up or emergency responders, and that when asked to leave at 1 of the places he was filming he did so promptly. The footage provides insite to how UAV's can be utilized in the future.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Ice Bucket Challenge, Using a Drone!

If you have any type of social media accounts, then you likely have heard of the ALS ice bucket challenge. People all over the country have been completing the ice bucket challenge and using the hashtag #icebucketchallenge to raise over $50 million dollars for ALS awareness.

But very few of the challenge participants have used a drone, like the DJI S1000 used in this video, to dump the ice water on to them.

For more information on how you can take place in the challenge, or donate, please see this LINK.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A UAV Lands Autonomously on a Unmanned Ground Vehicle

A team of robotic researchers have began testing autonomous coordinated docking between a UAV and a unmanned ground vehicle(UGV). The ground vehicle could be used to transport heavier payloads, be a place to recharge or even act as a mini warehouse. The team from WAVE lab at Canada's University of Waterloo developed the coordinated control strategy for autonomous docking. The vehicles communicate through its position to a decentralized controller. The video shows some test footage that was taken both indoors and outdoors, and shows the great potential this idea has.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DJI Phantom 2 Vision + Aides In Earthquake Disaster Response

Relief workers in China are using DJI Phantom 2 Vision +'s to aide in the search for survivors and clearing roads to get the the disaster area. On August 3rd 2014 a 6.5 magnitude earthquake occurred in Ludian leaving most the area unreachable and dangerous. The China Association for Disaster & Emergency Rescue medicine began using the UAV's, like the DJI Phantom 2 Vision + and the DJI S900, to provide aerial images to assist in determining the most efficient way to work post disaster. The team has been able to use the aerial images to assist rescuers clear roads and search for survivors.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

99 Pound, 7 Engine RC Airplane

What is the most you have ever spent on an RC airplane or quadcopter? Undoubtably it's significantly less than a Kalinin K-7 that will cost you $14,000, plus shipping from Switzerland. The six 15cc gas engines combined with the electric pusher motor give lift to the 99 pound, 16 foot wingspan airplane. The wood structure carries the required 16 servos, brakes, steerable nose wheel and disassembles into multiple pieces for transport. Unfortunately I do not think we will be seeing this item come thru the shop any time soon.