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This is terrifying haha:

Chainsaw-DroneThe best parts are when they are exploding snowman heads.

Guns mounted on drones are still more terrifying, I’ll say that.

Does it bother you that I called this thing a drone?  I know we have a name for them when they have four rotors.. quadcopters.  This had me twisted though because it has like 8 or 9 rotors.  Multi rotor UAV?  I don’t know.. this blogging shit is hard sometimes. ;)

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The future is pretty cool, but also strange:

They were testing some Amazon related drone stuff up in British Columbia in the summer.  Apparently the drone rules aren’t as strict as they are in the US.

There are obviously a load of issues with drone delivery, which you can probably imagine yourself.  One of the most interesting issues I think is the fact that if (when) something such as drone delivery is made legal, Amazon likely won’t be the only company doing it so there will be hundreds or thousands of drones buzzing through the air at any given time in a busy area.  That would be not only annoying, but also potentially dangerous if it had issues and crashed.  Yea I know that’s not happening daily now with airplanes, but I just can’t see the same type of strict air traffic control working when dealing with the drone business model.

You can currently order most of my products off Amazon (see the links on each page).  You’re not going to be getting the 20% off though if you spend over $40.

Jeremy Clarkson apparently is going to be doing a new car related series for Amazon Prime (along with James May and Richard Hammond).  Sounds potentially awesome.

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Everything is a “drone” now… RC vehicles, quadcopters…. ALL DRONES apparently:

Back in my day the term used to mean something which was able to operate autonomously.  Now it’s just a cool word all the cool teens are attaching to everything.  GET OFF MY LAWN.  No seriously get off it, I pay good money to get it aerated and the fertilizer and water bill + fines are astronomical. It’s made for viewing, not playing with drones and walking on.

Parrot-AR-Drone-QuadricopterThis above video is actually quite useless, but it did make me click through to the Parrot website so mission accomplished I guess.  Looks like Parrot actually has a bunch of cool offerings coming out soon.  WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE.  The only mini one that’s not vaporware currently appears to be the Jumping Sumo, and for $160 it actually seems like a good deal.  Cool how there’s a built in camera which streams wirelessly to a handheld device which you use as the controller.  I don’t understand how kids aren’t getting into more trouble with this type of toy technology at their fingertips.  Here’s a video of one of the Jumping sumos in action, talking about its functionality if you care.

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Incredible:

Parrot-AR-Drone-QuadricopterHoly that place is FINISHED.  I realize how fortunate I am when I see things like this.

1:03 – What’s that trench for?  Water drainage?

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Gat tip: Keijo

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Gentle AKA BORRRRRRING:

I’ll warn you, this video is the opposite of exciting.  The “Drone Defender” looks like a run of the mill AR-15 style platform, with a hedge trimmer and picatinny rail mounded DSL modem.  WOULD NOT OPERATE WITH.  Ugh, like could they have even made it badass looking?

Oooo I see at 1:27 they allow “custom form factors”.  If I ran an department that needed these I’d troll my guys so hard and just get them to custom make it way more embarrassing than the one in the video.

I’d like to know how they manage those gentle landings as depicted in the video.  I could see a system used to block the RF communication all together, or jam it somehow… but in order to set a quadcopter down, isn’t it just like a helicopter where you decrease the rotor speed?  Hows the hedge trimmer and DSL modem accomplishing that with out knowing how to control every quadcopter commercially produced / homemade?

Parrot-AR-Drone-QuadricopterIf Batalle Innovations didn’t look like a legit outfit (judging by their YouTube channel), I’d call shenanigans.  Looks like you can’t get one even if you had a use for it.  They still need FCC approval.  You can read more about it on their website.

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VICE interviews Brandon Bryant about his time as a drone pilot:

dont-drone-me-broI’m can’t say I’m surprised that not everyone is enthusiastic about the drone program.  I don’t feel like I really have enough information to have more than a gut reaction to what I see.. but in my opinion if flying using an unmanned aerial vehicle to kill bad people is saving the lives of good people (with minimal collateral damage) then it seems like a good idea.  It’s not like any type of war is clean.  Sending ground troops in will result in lives lost on both sides and innocent people getting killed as well.

Drones are one of those things where you really can’t quantify the amount of lives saved… there is definitely more accurate number regarding lives taken, so that of course is what gets dwelled on.

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