Last night we hosted a convergence of nomadic types at the Mine Shack. Some brought beer and goodies, others wine and goodies, the hosts, pizza, and one guy brought his new toy... a sophisticated drone, with surveillance cameras and GPS guidance software. Oh boy!
Of course you have met these people before, John and Joalenn, Q from Indiana, and Chris and Mindy from Illinois.
After food and drink, I asked Chris to bring up his new drone and fly it off the deck. Our deck is rather small so Chris was dubious about the tight take-off zone. But after a few catcalls that berated his "manhood," he decided to give it a go. Funny how audiences love car wrecks and crashes:).
Chris lugged a huge custom trunk up the stairs and began unpacking all the associated hardware and software. It was soon evident that this was no toy. He pulls out an iPad, attaches it to a hand-held module with joysticks and knobs, then a four engine hovercraft with a fancy camera underneath that could swivel 360 degrees and zoom in and out.
Being a farmer and all, Chris needs a drone to inspect his crops for blight and such things... which makes it one of the most fun tax deductions out there (wink) short of a combine convention in Vegas.
The deck take-off was flawless... zip. The drone took up a position about fifty feet above us and just hovered. It was in GPS mode, just holding its position until Chris told it what to do and where to go. Then he flips the drone's camera on, and we get a bird's eye view of ourselves standing on the deck on the iPad. I want him to fly over the Hot Springs Pool, maybe zoom in on some gals in bikinis. Mindy shot that idea down.
Anyway, you see the possibilities, and the need for something like this on the farm (snicker). Chris and Mindy are going to take it up and do some flying over our Red Mountains. Should be pretty cool footage up there. I'm hoping I can post some of his flights here on the BCB. Below is a short clip of Chris flying off our deck. Hey Bobbie, guess what I want for Christmas... :)