‘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.

Also compatible with VR goggles with a smartphone. Click and drag around the screen for optimum viewing.

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New <2kg Drone Regulation

New drone rules start (29th September), allowing you to fly your sub 2kg drone commercially without the need to be certified, saving you both time and money. Before you take-off, you must complete an online notification form and agree to fly within the standard operating conditions to keep everyone safe. Your drone is your responsibility.

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For more information on these changes, visit CASA website

GoPro Karma: First Impressions

With the current market showcasing compact-ability, ease of usage and convenience as major commercial points with drones getting released recently. GoPro has been the ‘first’ to release a commercial quadcopter that utilities the fold out type set up with the Karma.

Firstly, I’d like to point out that this isn’t a promotional blog post and nor am I being paid for or endorsed by GoPro, these are my opinions and how I am reacting to various reviews and footage pieces.

On first viewing this drone looks AWESOME. The gimbal is a 90degree up and down axis

GoPro Control Remote

It has an inbuilt screen so the user doesn’t have to use a smartphone with it. This then means the battery life runs the remote control and the LED screen. The joysticks seem to be pretty responsive from the video flight footage I’ve seen. The other features include a take off/return to home (press once) button, a gimbal control, a record button and a highlight button (that allows the user to highlight or mark a particular point in the video that they can easily find on review). The controller neatly folds up into a square cube that allows protection of the screen, joysticks and buttons, as well as packaging ease.

The drone itself uses fold way arms that fold nicely into a bag/backpack hard case. The nice thing about that is that the propeller wings don’t have to be disassembled to be exported around. This saves time and get’s the pilot in the air quicker. The fold down landing gear, and wings mean that it can all be packaged up and taken out and assembled with ease, meaning more portability and less shots missed.

Pablo Lema, Senior Director

“What’s great about KARMA is that if I bring it and don’t use it, it won’t get in the way”

 

The Karma Grip, is an included piece of technology that allows the camera gimbal to be taken out of the drone, and clicked into a hand held stabilizer that offers jolt free fluid videos from the palm of your hand. This then also slots straight into a pouch on the backpack that allows a hands free recording device that has a clear and detailed view of the subjects in-front of the user. This means you don’t miss opportunities that are captured on the ground, the karma grip becomes an extension of the drone.

From all reports the GoPro Karma allows an intermediate user the chance to enter the drone fast paced application with easy controls, on-board assistance as well as a simulator on the remote control for those new in both first person view and a 3D model of the craft in a virtual space. This release has showcased enormous potential to contend with the likes of DJI and Parrot in being a widely available drone for all markets. Improvements in sensory technology, open source hardware and software and further technical developments and sizing will have serious implications on the way drones are presented to the public.

A great addition in my opinion in the color white for the drone, with the small “game-boy” style remote control. Often the look and aesthetic of a device can influence the way it’s viewed in space, and the idea that it folds away into a backpack, and doesn’t require a briefcase on wheels instantly changes the intentional narratives or market. For example, photographers are targeted but now so are tertiary academics and action sport athletes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing: The ‘LookUp’

Currently drones look down. They relay a view from an aircraft that looks vertically down past the propellers and usually have a camera on a gimbal with the ability to pan up and down and minor sideways movements. I have custom built from the ground up a drone which implements an external camera located on the top of the aircraft, replacing the traditional bottom placement. This allows a 270-degree vision angle looking vertically from the device.

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My prototype has the camera capability to view 360 degrees which means, when linked with a smart device, like a tablet or phone, you can simply move the device to a desired viewpoint by a click and drag around the screen, with complete control. The camera can be linked to a smart phone and inserted into a Virtual Reality (or VR) Headset that allows viewing advantage simply by turning your head. Platforms such as YouTube and Facebook also support these for sharing online, which uses the same method on smart devices and a click and drag technique with the mouse when viewing on a PC.

As a part of the design of the drone, I’ve fitted LED lights around the exterior for added visions in darkened spaces

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It also has a LIVE FEED first person view camera on the front for piloting assistance to an external monitor. This relays what the front of the drone sees if the drone was to become out of sight and needed to be traced.

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I’ve left out of this build sensory technology simply due to costs and the first intended usage not particularly needing a whole lot of piloting assistance. It’s something I am definitely going to add to the advancement and development of this prototype with future builds and even this one itself.  However, what I don’t pack in GPS and smart phone connectivity I make up for in a revolutionary dual mount system.

Users can now choose whether they want videos of under the drone, above the drone or both. 360fly Director allows the footage from cameras that have been imported to the software to be merged that would ultimately mean if there were two cameras on each mount, then simple click and drag merging of the footage would give an edit of everything the drone could have captured whilst in the air, both looking up and down, all in 360 degree high definition video. A whole new product  that is unseen and un-engineered in a commercial environment.

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The 360fly camera I’ve chosen I would highly recommend to anyone new to 360degree video technology and has an interest in introducing themselves into Virtual Reality as it comes with a set of VR goggles fit for a smartphone. I’ve chosen the HD camera however there is also a 4K device available that obviously climbs in price but produces higher quality footage. The button on the camera acts as the one power switch as well as the record button, so capturing is very easy to navigate, with red (recording), blue (on) and green (charging). The smartphone linkage to this camera uses a wifi hotspot signal that creates a live feed in 360 to the connected device. It also has a cloud save setting that saves all the video content to the app as well as the device itself. The app also allows users to start and stop the recording via the phone, which is very convenient once attached to the drone.

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The VR Goggles that are able to be claimed with the purchase of the camera from 360fly are a great introduction to the possibilities of 360 degree video playback on a smartphone. The device simply clamps in the phone and once switched to VR goggle mode on the chosen playback platform, users have the advantage of turning their head freely to view the space they desire.

Lastly the remote control I’ve collaborated is a DJI DT-7 RC Radio System. This is a universal controller usually found with the early Phantom ranger, however has the ability to link with my custom build, with, if desired, also be able to control a camera separate to the drone as well as switch between modes (GPS, sports mode). However, my drone doesn’t require these features. The controls are then all linked the same way as any commercial product, with added skill necessary to combat wind drift and general external factors.

Here’s 3 videos I’ve made using the ‘LookUp’. A day at a beach park, a skating video as well as the intended purpose of the top camera mount for a bridge inspection.

 

 

The LookUp

Using a Custom built drone prototype this device allows a 360 degree view of a bridge that will revolutionize the inspection industry.
Built by me the drone has a custom mount that can be interchaged from top to bottom at user discretion.

This particular assembly is showcasing the camera on top and applied to bridge inspection. This drone is the product of numerous iterations and research, as well as close collaboration with the RMS.

Free Look Showcase Custom Drone

This is another test video of a 360fly attatched to, this time,  the bottom of a drone that i’ve custom built and designed. My Friend sonny offered to be the subject skating around an old soccer field carpark.

The ability for the user is now an interchangeable camera mount on a drone that can be viewed in 360 degrees and linked with VR.