Drones - discussion, reviews and more

Discussion in 'computers, web and general tech' started by editor, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    It looks like drones aren't going to go away, so maybe a thread is needed for the latest updates. Has anyone here got one? I quite like the idea for photography, but it seems you've got to pay a fair few quid to get anything decent.

    Anyway, to start things off, here's a video of a DJI Phantom 4 being tested, and crashed.

     
  2. a_chap

    a_chap When the world came apart, where were you?

    When you say "reviews", will reviews include their explosive carrying capabilities? Or will there be some type of overall terrorist-friendly score?
     
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  3. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Amazingly, quite a lot of people will be using them for quite innocent activities, like creating breathtaking video footage. Others may want to talk about the technology developments or different uses for them, but if you just want to go on and on about their terrorist potential, feel free.



     
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  4. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    sadly hellfire missiles not available down the high street :(
     
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  5. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    You can buy a massive selection of cheap and not so cheap ones on GearBest.

    I quite fancy a small outdoor one when I've the spare pennies to learn how to fly one.
     
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  6. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    waiting for predators to find their way into the world of army surplus
     
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  7. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    You'd need a big garden.
     
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  8. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    I want one of these. Although no direct control could be scary.

    [​IMG]
     
  9. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

  10. a_chap

    a_chap When the world came apart, where were you?

    Yawn. Piss poor fake :(
     
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  11. fizzerbird

    fizzerbird Craving Synergy

    Will I have to get a helmet? I mean if loads of people decide they want to fly the fekker's for whatever reason, are we at risk of a collision?:confused:

    I hope I don't see one if I'm fucked on shrooms or acid! :eek:
     
  12. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    Last week, my boss finally agreed that we need a drone - and knowing him, it will be a good one, capable of lugging the best cameras money can buy.

    Guess who will be breaking the habit of a lifetime and sticking his hand-up to volunteer for training. :D
     
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  13. dervish

    dervish if you flibble when you wibble, don't wobble

    I got a cheap(ish) one for werv last xmas, it didn't last very long (about two weeks) but it was a lot of fun while it did. I now want to spend a reasonable amount of a FPV one and see how many more impressive crashes we can have.

    I also found these, which look like masses of fun, unfortunately they aren't available here yet and I don't have the skills to diy it.
     
  14. Gromit

    Gromit International Man of Misery

  15. Gromit

    Gromit International Man of Misery

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  16. dervish

    dervish if you flibble when you wibble, don't wobble

    I can sort of see the point of having a no fly zone about a very heavily pedestrianised area with hundreds of children running about, a quadcopter prop can REALLY hurt if it hits you, not to mention the impact if the quad falls on your head. I think the ban was more because the whole area was quite definitely out of bounds and the drone op completely circumvented it.

    I can also see the point of them wanting to fly their own, professionally flown and insured drones as the footage could be pretty amazing.
     
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  17. bi0boy

    bi0boy Power User

  18. a_chap

    a_chap When the world came apart, where were you?

    It'll teach the little bastards not to go to Disney then :p
     
  19. Gromit

    Gromit International Man of Misery

    They don't want it for aerial footage.

    They want a fleet of 50 drones to flight at night, during a firework display with light packs attached. A drone flying lights display.

    They may start out with proper pilots. How long till they switch to some random parks employee who has had a 30 min safety brief from the guy who runs the hot dog stands.

    Drones, at night, in proximity to aerial explosives. What could go wrong?
     
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  20. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    Get rid of the pilot would be the logical step.
     
  21. Gromit

    Gromit International Man of Misery

    Well they'll be automated with 2-4 employees monitoring. In theory they are still the pilot.
     
  22. 2hats

    2hats

    Convert a paper airplane into a drone (of sorts) operated via bluetooth phone/tablet - the PowerUp 3.0:

    Next up - the PowerUp FPV - fly via a VR headset (eg cardboard stylee):
     
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  23. dervish

    dervish if you flibble when you wibble, don't wobble

    Those are cool, I want one.
     
  24. bi0boy

    bi0boy Power User

     
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  25. mod

    mod A modernist

    Agree that they are fantastic for photography and filming but also can't help but worry what these will eventually be used for. Seen this a few years ago and it still makes me shudder.

     
  26. dylanredefined

    dylanredefined Not a house elf a tiger

    Got to play with an expensive one , kind of confirmed ground crew is where I belong :(
     
  27. dervish

    dervish if you flibble when you wibble, don't wobble

    I've had my eye on one of these for a while. They used to be over £200. Now down to about £150.
     
  28. ffsear

    ffsear Well-Known Member

    This ones the future!

     
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  29. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist specter haunting

    yesterday on the news it said they were being used to drop contraband into pentonville jail- drugs, mobbies that sort of touch. I lolled.
     
  30. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Drone surfing!

     
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