As I type this I've had this drone
a couple of weeks or so. It's fun to play with. At first I wasn't
sure what it could do at all, so I just checked out the systems
one by one. Flying the thing is not that hard, but you do have to
develop the touch. When I got to the camera I found out it worked.
What happened was I crashed the
thing. Then I noticed the camera button and figured "better try
it". Yup. Drones eye view of the ivy. Then I held it and took a
selfie. Then I started trying to fly the thing and take pictures.
The above is the better half of the
pictures I took on that first mission. When I went inside the
battery was dead. That took about five minutes of flying. It was
After I charged the battery it took
me a while to get around to flying it again. Took it over to the
girlfriends house and showed her the thing.
Yup. That time I found out that the
thing really doesn't do good pictures in the dark. No flash. Not
that sensitive a light sensor array. Even just before dark it
looses a lot of detail.
Results in my living room were not
much better. By this time I'm good enough at flying the thing to
keep from hitting walls and knocking over stuff flying it in
indoors when I'm lucky. Still not willing to try and fly it
through doorways or anything like that. I can see that if I work
at it I'll get nimble at flying the drone.
I suppose I can use it to look under
cars and over parking structures. The only problem is that the
controls don't have a screen. To find out how the pictures worked
out I have to bring it inside, plug it into the computer, download
the things and look at them there. It feels like an open loop
system compared to using nice tools.
I can get a good picture of someone
when the drone is about five feet away from them and about chest
height. Helps a lot if they aren't moving.
I had to give a speech about my
activism to this WILPF meeting in Palo Alto. As an example of how
bugs have evolved since the days when I was debugging computer
systems I brought out the drone and flew it up and took their
pictures. Only took a couple. You see them above. Later in the
evening I did about the same thing at my old friend Sylvia's, but
that time none of the pictures worked out. Darn!
I'm hoping to get good enough with
the thing to wander around at parties and events taking pictures
with it. The thing is a nifty toy, and people react to it more
like it's a dog than a bug.