You know me as having a three convergent interests:
Videography, Surveillance, and of course, Drones
The easiest way to have an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) of your own, is to get the Draganflyer. While it comes in various options, it is meant for prosumers. Costing from around US$1,000, you’d get a professional remote electric helicopter with on-board wireless video camera.
For the more hands-on types, I’ve also been keeping tabs on the DIY Drones, where they don’t just focus on building helicopter drones, but sensory A.I. blimps and autopilot airplanes as well. Why let the military have all the fun? 😉
Today, I couldn’t resist not referencing this amazing find, the “Flying-Cam”. As mentioned on BoingBoing.net…
the Flying-Cam is a methanol-powered aerial vehicle with on-board camera, used in the production of such films as Harry Potter (3 of ’em), 007 (at least 3 of ’em), Van Helsing, and The Kite Runner. The company’s website contains a bunch of groovy Quicktime movies that show the device in action.
I’ve taken the liberty to capture video stills from their numerous production movies, so you’d have a better idea what the Flying-Cam is like. They’re right after the jump…