Remember that video I showed some time back of a tower being built with a single robotic helicopter, neat hu,,,,,,, well get a load of this video below, it show just how far the technology is getting, cranes might be several hundred years old but who needs them now with this sort of technology. Ok so its still a little in the future, but how far, certainly we are already using drones in military campaigns, look at the USA, this technology is a boom to us now, hook up a simple camera to one of these, tell it to hover at the right place, and watch, beats going to site , when you can watch from your desk.
Weather might be a big problem, rain and strong winds come to mind, look at the figure of eight manoeuvre in the film, try that on a windy day !, but again I say, this must be in the designers mind as something to over come. I have worked with a company in the north of England, to survey trees and large estates, with a much larger quadcopter, but given a sniff of wind the machine, can not fly and it needs a civil aviation licence to operate !, so, I await this technology with glee. But passing a local toy shop, I spied a similar craft for just a few £££, running on no more than an AAA battery ! so perhaps it’s not to long. all we need is the signal from my wifi to instruct it, and a nice cheap program to control it. Perhaps the local site WiFi picking up the bug if it’s out of my range.
This brings into play BIM, what I hear you say, well think about it, we should be geotagging sites, materials or portions of sites, they should be so easy to find, if the site is properly geotagged., say I want to locate and look at a particular detail, if I know the lat long and orientation, easy.
It’s not great CPD, but interesting, as a Technologist we want information from site, still and time lapse fixed cameras are now common place, and my iPhone always get a beating when I go to site, but what if I can open my window, launch a bug, close the window and wait 10 mins for it to travel to site, and all I have to do is open a browser window to watch, the gps location being sent beforehand and a little onsite adjustment to get the shot I want.
Want more, go to their youtube site and be prepared to watch for a while. or go to the videos below, only just a few of the videos available, but your still not convinced, go to the bottom video, it says it all,,,,,,!!!!
As for the top right photo today, not anything really to do with flying bugs , just a nice time lapse render of a peach decaying.
- Architectural Technologist – Design Layers in Vectorworks (konstrukshon.com)
- UPenn’s GRASP lab unleashes a swarm of Nano Quadrotors (gizmag.com)
- Nano-Quadrotor Flying in formation [awesome video] (ubergizmo.com)
- Nano quadrotors demonstrate complex swarm behavior (geek.com)
- Quadrotor Swarm of the Day (geeks.thedailywh.at)
- Synchronized Nano-Quadrotor Swarm (makezine.com)
- A Swarm of Quadrotors (i-programmer.info)
- Swarming Nano-quadrotors (uberreview.com)
- Toy-sized quadrotors flying in formation (boingboing.net)