T H I N K Sam


As a media and communications student in my final year of university I’m interested in the ways collaboration betweenindustry, emerging technology and myself as a creative can co-exist based on more than just one skillset. I started in Digital media because I wanted to innovate the filmmaking space, using drones to create a start to end video project using only drones as the main camera rig, in all sizes and methods, I wanted to use them for not only the aerial birds eye views, but the spaces at eye level for more intimate shots. Upon leaving, we’ve leveraged a blog, sometimes a YouTube channel and written essays toward topics that often get left in a subject dropbox and forgotten about. I believe new technologies such as autonomous robotics are going to help creative content producers like myself gain an exciting edge over the “creating”…

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active track DJI MAVIC \\ FREE LOOK // parkes nsw 2017

My first real trial of the active track feature with the DJI Mavic Pro. Very useful feature and allows the ability to be your own camera crew…i used a skateboard to see how well it keeps up.
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Free Look: Mavic Pro // Skate

A short movie of skating around a carpark and cleared street. All filmed on a dji mavic pro with scenic shots from a Phantom 3. Created in iMovie to just continue to pump out movies and continue the skillset ….learning as I go guys 🙂

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‘Mystics’ with the Lookup

Went for a drive to Shellharbour NSW today and decided it would be a good opportunity to take the LookUp for a new showcase of the bottom mount on the camera. Using the 360fly, i recorded and edited a short flight that would offer something for another commercial market with the camera changed from the top to below.

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Love for drones sparks big idea | Illawarra Mercury

sam-drone-illa-mercurySURVEILLANCE DRONE: “I have a working tool that minimises risk and cost, in an area that seems to cost so much. … I’m new to it all and still wrapping my head around it,” says Sam Noakes. Picture: Robert Peet

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After chatting with University of Wollongong student Sam Noakes I came to the conclusion he is one extraordinary 21-year-old.

Sam Noakes piloting his surveillance drone. He’s been developing a drone for the RMS to assist in surveillance of bridges. Picture: Robert Peet
The young entrepreneur’s fascination with technology prompted him to find a way he could incorporate drones into everyday life and help industry in rural areas.

The drive led Mr Noakes, originally from Parkes in NSW Central West, to win the UOW Pitch 2016 (undergraduate) for his big idea of using custom built drones for surveillance operations by Roads and Maritime Services.

“I’m lucky to win a scratchie sometimes, it’s unreal,” he said.

“Mum works for the RMS and said they’re always looking at new robotics.

“I love playing with all the new technology and showing people [drones have] more use than just a flying helicopter.”

The competition allows sole entrepreneurs or groups to pitch an idea or invention to a panel of experts at the UOW Innovation Campus in the hope of winning $6,000 to develop the idea.

However Mr Noakes’ vision is already becoming a reality, having worked on the project with the RMS for the last year and a half and is now in the final test phases.

He developed and built a drone from scratch for the purpose of surveying bridges, where scaffolding alone can cost $30,000 and other “nasties” like snakes and working at heights can cause difficulty.

He first noticed these issues when doing work experience with the RMS in year 10, a problem he “took with him through the years”.

“I wondered how to get back to my roots back home somehow, and the RMS is one of the bigger companies that keep the town afloat so I naturally gravitated towards that and it got support straight away,” he said.

“We use bridges every day, the flooding back home is going to [cause] enormous structural damage …the icing on the cake is it’s going to be cheaper and making sure all my family are driving on safe bridges.”

The 360 degree footage taken by the drone can also be used in training exercises and archived for future reference.

Mr Noakes said initially people were worried of job losses, but the “cool thing” about his project is it could actually create new jobs.

“Everyone that is there normally still needs to be there because they need to give navigation requests under the bridge, make inspections and they also need a pilot.

“If anything, they might start hiring drone pilots and that might be a new career for someone.”

The next step is to test it with the RMS in Parkes, with plans of future refinement including the potential to 3D print parts and managing e-waste.

“If there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and they offer me a job that’s awesome.”

via Love for drones sparks big idea | Illawarra Mercury