Draganfly Draganflyer X6
There are model helicopters, and then there are military unmanned aerial vehicles. The Draganflyer X6 is the first hovering craft that fits right in between. This small helicopter, the first to use six horizontal blades for a stable hover and speedy turns, is designed to supply aerial video to everyone from police to hobbyists. The pilot guides it by handheld controller while wearing video glasses that allow him to see what the chopper sees through a camera attached to a vibration-free mount on the vehicle's belly. The X6 carries 11 onboard sensors—gyroscopes, accelerometers, magnetometers, GPS and a barometric-pressure sensor—and flies for up to 25 minutes. $15,000; draganfly.com
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Really cool to see something I thought of as a kid (40 years ago) - but did not have the knowledge and skills to build then, actually working!
Pretty cool! The army could use them to scout areas without risking lives. They also could be used to find coordinates for artillary if they add a laser tracker and rangefinder to it.
As we progress from the transportation age, further into the communications age, remote monitoring will become more widespread. Who can afford the cost of gas and its pollution to send two real cops patrolling all over town looking for crime or suspicious activity? Camera's on rails, wires, balloons and free flying will compete with existing fixed location cameras and other monitors of human activity (traffic flow, air pollution,electricity consumption etc.) Putting the information into the hands of those who need it, is less expensive than sending people out to gather it in person. Thats why the net and computers will make "the library" as obsolete as "the book" Welcome to the 21st century. :)
We stray from the realm of science fiction into that of constitutional law and privacy. I do not want these devices in the hands of private citizens or police forces for that matter (I got far away friends who still do some moonshining, but, then again, they'd be using these for target practice. Imagine these in the hands of sexual deviants, peeping toms, and pedoohies. (I shudder at the thought). Perhaps were we to regain our love of liberty and loose some of our puritanical sensibilities, these devices might be less objectionaable. Neat toys though... I want one. (But I'm not getting one.)
King of NERDS so true WJM I mean I don't know many people who go and check there windows to make sure that a sex offender is looking in bet this would just make there jobs easy but other then that I wonder how it flys if you have ever had one of those small helicopters there hard to fly my first I crashed (broke) on top of a 2 story school but I wasn't to upset since it was only $15 but I would have been very mad if it had been $15000, but other then all of those it look like a cool toy (not that I can afford one)
I think this is an excellent advance in r/c aviation technology. The practical and fun uses for this are numerous. It has more legitimate use than for someone wanting a new way to spy on their neighbors. (Reference Pedo/moonshine comment) There are cheaper ways to peep on someone.
The video of this flying is amazing. I like the fact that it's onboard computer will keep it stable even when the operator inputs flying commands that would crash a normal r/c aircraft. I think the price of this machine will help to keep it out of hands of those that would use it irresponsibly.
Thumbs up for this aircraft. It's just simply cool!
Pretty cool! The army could use them to scout areas without risking lives. They also could be used to find coordinates for artillery if they add a laser tracker and rangefinder to it.