I can’t believe my last post was about that stupid, stupid Dollar Shave Club. Even worse is that it’s still around. People are crazy.
I’ve been running around trying my hand (while keeping my fingers clear) at flying quadcopters. The general public call ’em drones, the government calls them UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems), the military calls them UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), but the actual term for these things is quadcopters, or just quads. That being said, the world likes to call ’em drones, and in my opinion that’s become the de facto term for the little flyers.
I worked with some of the light-duty consumer-grade aerial photography platforms (Phantom, Iris+, Bebop, etc) and that was kinda fun. It’s neat to get up there and take hi-def video and photos, and they’re just so forgiving to fly. That was neat, and it provided some really good experience. What’s really cool, though, is the “racing” quads. High speed flying, racing, and aerial stunts adds a fresh level of dynamic action to the… hobby? Sport? I think the aerial photography stuff is a hobby, unless you’ve taken it to the level of turning it into a business. The racing stuff, that’s definitely a sport. It requires reflexes, concentration, and it’s just so much fun. Getting there, though, takes a little work and a little dedication. I’ll get into that, for sure.
I’m gonna rekindle my blog to document some of my time with this. Maybe it’ll help some other noob, maybe it’ll be useless, but Oscar Liang (and countless others) have done it and I can’t tell you how often I find myself looking through their blog trying to figure out what’s going on.