Nov 23 2013

If I were a bird…

Or, if I had a quadcopter and camera, at least.


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    Wow. I’m jealous.
    And a little freaked out about that chase scene unfolding towards the end. Looked like something bad.

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    Al Dente

    Yeah, I was wondering about the woman running in her pajamas as well.

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    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    Giant decorative lobster!

    Hey, apparently the other two women pursuing the running pajamas woman can’t follow her beyond the thrown gloves. That’s an interesting defense strategy. Joggers should leave the pajama-people alone.

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    I recently had a chance to play with one of those RC quadcopters for a bit. I wasn’t any good with it, it does take practice. But I can see how it could be an interesting hobby.

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    Great footage but I can’t help wondering about the people and animals these things spook.

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    Lofty, I saw a cat chasing after a quadcopter, and a few pigeons fleeing from it. But cats chase everything, and pigeons flee from everything. So I guess the spookiness factor of these toys isn’t anything out of the ordinary.

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    It’s a video taken from the vantage point of some flying thingamagee. We’ve been taking video and flying for a long time now.


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    It’s a video taken from the vantage point of some flying thingamagee. We’ve been taking video and flying for a long time now.


    i think it’s interesting to note that your comment is worded in such a way that you could say it word for word about a video of JETPACKS.

    scenery videos can be nice enough on their own. in this case, however, the following technology is being shown off:


    to some people this is neat, can spark their imagination, or is otherwise enjoyable, period.

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    It’s a video taken from the vantage point of some flying thingamagee. We’ve been taking video and flying for a long time now.


    You must be real fun in an art gallery.

    “Huh, it’s various pigments arranged on canvas. People have been doing this since forever. Big deal!”

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    Very cool! One of those quadcopters could take some interesting footage at my pumpkin hurls.

    The sailing ship seen several times is the Lady Washington replica, based out of Gray’s Harbor but commonly seen in other parts of the Northwest and Puget Sound. She generally does her yard periods in Port Townsend, where I spend a lot of time. I even saw her there with the name Interceptor still on her stern after filming the original Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

    Fun seeing the Space Needle in there as well.

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    No One

    I build and fly these. Currently have four of ‘em. If you want to play with these a good place to start is with a “Hubsan”. They make a micro model that costs @ $50 bucks, that includes the transmitter.

    While I don’t so much scare wildlife with it, I did have a trio of Sandhill Cranes walk over and check out the Hubsan I was flying. They seemed to think it was something to eat. One of them stood within arms reach which was a bit disconcerting. That beak of theirs can poke through your eye and hit the back of your skull. The three of them tracked the odd looking insect as I flew it back and forth. When I landed it at my feet, they fanned out in a lose circle and surrounded it, looking alternately at the copter and then at me as if to say “Are you gonig to eat that? Do you mind?”. When i Popped it of the ground to keep them from pecking it to death (I had visions of a choking bird) they hopped up and down in astonishment/frustration, or whatever “emotion” was running through there brains… So I started hopping up and down with them. “Yeah right, that thing is weird!”. My neighbors were watching the whole thing. I still get odd looks.

    I will add a word of caution. My biggest Multi-Rotor has 12 inch props on it. Those will slice you to the bone at full throttle. Stay clear…

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    This video showed up in my Facebook feed the other day, of Lviv, Ukraine. I’m not sure it’s done with a quadcopter. Some nice shots of the historic architecture, though. Lviv was an important city from the Middle Ages through the Hapsburg era.

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    Once had the experience of going up in a motorized hang glider in Hawaii. Loved it. Also loved the IMAX film of a hang gliding experience over the Grand Canyon. Hope to work that into a vacation some day.

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    I’m not sure it’s done with a quadcopter.

    It is. You can see its shadow in one shot at 0:42

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    Isn’t it, well, interesting that of all the footage on the video they chose the swimming woman in a bikini as the initial still?

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    It is. You can see its shadow in one shot at 0:42

    I looked but didn’t see it. Is it in the lobster scene? I did see the operator in a couple of shots.

    I’ll have to look again but it appears that isn’t the real Space Needle. Some sort of inflated model or something.

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    theophontes (恶六六六缓步动物)

    A pity I cannot watch the video. Yesterday I was out looking for a micro video camera for my heli. Here a pic of the whole tardigrade air force: Linky

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    you can check out an attempt to use these devices for science and conservation here and here.

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    Johnny Vector

    Chas: I have the GoPro from that project sitting in front of me! And soon, t-shirts!

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    Trebuchet, the video that davem is referring to is the one I mentioned, not PZ’s. And I went back and looked; I see the shadow now.

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