Archive for June, 2011

Where we’re going, we don’t need roads…

by on Jun.17, 2011, under Everything, Travel

Trip highlight: woke up in Vegas, drove to Area51, stopped for lunch at the Little A’le’inn then drove through snow covered peaks to Yosemite. Awesome!

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Maybe they made it

by on Jun.12, 2011, under Everything, Travel

49 years ago today three men escaped from their prison cells on Alcatraz, climbed to the roof and from there escaped to the island shore. They then left the island on rafts they had crafted from raincoats. I don’t think they made it but who knows? Maybe the really old geezer on our prison tour tonight had a really good reason for laughing the whole way through it…



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Autonomous UAV

by on Jun.01, 2011, under Everything, Projects, Technology, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Knowing I’m a gadget fan a while ago a friend sent me a youtube clip of a german guy who had designed a very clever multi-rotor remote control helicopter that was capable of automonous and stable flight.

A couple of clicks later I discovered FPV (first person view) where the aircraft can carry a camera that transmits video back to the ground where the pilot is wearing video goggles therefore seeing whatever the camera sees.  Add on a head-tracking device and a tilt/pan mount for the camera and you have an immersive virtual flying experience!

The multi-rotor helicopters are fairly expensive, however electrically powered foam fixed wing aircraft are very cheap (<$200) and offer a great way to get into FPV flight.

To start I selected the Multiplex Twinstar II kit for about $150.  Tho this I will need to add a radio reciever as well as the other various electronic brains it will need to know where it is, control itself and transmit video back to me.

This Swede has a similar setup to what I am aiming at – have a look at this HD youtube video.

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