A bot’s eye viewDecember 13th, 2012
Yeah, we filmed a drone with a drone
As we were running hot off the buzz of opening Te Ahumairangi, the new ground floor of the National Library, and launching the Big Data programme, one of our staff brought in their AR.Drone Parrot quadcopter for us to see.
It was pretty much inevitable that we’d fly the Parrot around the ground floor.
Luckily, it comes equipped with a camera, and you can now revel in the drone’s joy as it swoops through the building, checks out the AV pods, casts an eye over the net.work space, and peruses the Big Data exhibition.
Alternate soundtrack: Ride of the Valkyries
Campbell’s Parrot is an earlier model of what’s now available, and is missing the HD camera and some of the newer version’s more advanced stabilisation. But it still flies, and has a way of enthralling anyone who comes across it.
It’s very cool: four rotating blades around a little hub, controlled by smartphone, and encased in a polystyrene shell to keep it safe. And the Parrot’s a distant relative (though definitely related) of the drone you’ll find in Big Data.
I, for one, welcome...
The RQ-84Z Areohawk is built to capture data from the air, particularly aerial photography. It can reach 10,000 feet, flying at 150 km per hour, and when it’s done, deploys a parachute so it can be safely recovered.
It takes photos like this:
Click the image for the full-size version (2.4 MB). Photo courtesy Hawkeye UAV Ltd.
Only one thing I can say to that:
Photo by Paula Banks.