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DJI set to release a new model, will this mark the end of the phantom line, who knows. We'll all know very soon as the official release date is the 12th Nov. Here's some links and photos of the new DJI Inspire 1 Some leaked photos for the DJI Inspire 1 in flight found on DJIforums DJI Inspire 1 on the ground ready for take off DJI Inspire 1 in flight Patent link showing the folding mechenisum if the Inspre 1 http://www.google.com/patents/US20140263823 DJI Inspire 1 details DJI Inspire 1 details DJI Inspire 1 details DJI Inspire 1 details DJI Inspire 1 details DJI Inspire 1 details DJI Inspire 1 details DJI Inspire 1 details DJI Inspire 1 details DJI Inspire 1 details DJI Inspire 1 details DJI Inspire 1 details DJI Inspire 1 details DJI Inspire 1 details DJI Inspire 1 details DJI Inspire 1 details DJI Inspire 1 details
An ambulance drone carrying a defibrillator for rapid response to heart attacks has just been unveiled in the Netherlands. One of the most important considerations in emergency medical treatment is response time. Now, an engineering graduate at Delft University of Technology has created a rapid response drone to do what a regular ambulance can't. The drone, created by Alec Momont, is able to fly at speeds of up to 100 kph (60 mph), carrying a defibrillator and equipped with features that could reduce the time before a heart attack victim receives first aid, greatly increasing the chances of recovery. "It is essential that the right medical care is provided within the first few minutes of a cardiac arrest," Momont said. 'If we can get to an emergency scene faster, we can save many lives and facilitate the recovery of many patients. This especially applies to emergencies such as heart failure, drownings, traumas and respiratory problems, and it has become possible because life-saving technologies, such as a defibrillator, can now be designed small enough to be transported by a drone." The prototype drone is designed to be deployed when emergency services receive a cardiac arrest call. Unconstrained by traffic and roads, the drone, in theory, could arrive at the scene faster than an ambulance. Because it cannot, however, carry EMTs, it is equipped with the next best thing: livestream audio and video connection that will allow medical professionals to deliver instructions to people at the site, viewing the situation through the webcam and talking the responder through the treatment -- including how to use the defibrillator. More here.
Eric Cheng, director of aerial imaging for drone maker DJI, joined photographer Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson for a last-minute trip to the eruption site in the Bardarbunga volcanic system. Sigurdsson had access to the proper permits and connections with the local authorities to get close enough to send a drone over the eruption.
This little guide is for all the people that own a HAKKO W.E.P soldering station with the stupid little heat key thats needed to adjust the temperature. Make a hakko wep soldering heat key Get an old credit card and cut out a peace 25mm x 40mm I found out that only one key slot is needed and its: 9mm with 1.5mm cut 15mm deep. HAKKO WEP SOLDERING HEAT KEY
FLIR Tau 2 Thermal Imaging core set-up video guide. Thinking about going thermal with your drone, this FLIR Tau 2 video guide shows you how easy it is to set-up the Tau 2 thermal core. You don't have to be a tech mastermind to install the Tau 2 thermal core, it works just like any 5v FPV camera you'll find on most drones and with a camera switch you can keep your visual camera and be able to switch to thermal using your RC unit. Download the FLIR Camera Controller GUI Tau 2 Quickstart Guide Tau 2 Product Specification Tau 2 Electrical IDD Tau 2 Software IDD FLIR Camera Controller GUI User's Guide
SHINGLE SPRINGS (CBS/AP) — A private drone trying to record footage of a Northern California wildfire nearly hindered efforts to attack the flames from the air, but firefighters made enough progress to allow some of the 1,200 people under evacuation orders to return home Monday. An unmanned aircraft that aimed to get video of the blaze burning near vineyards in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento was sighted Sunday, two days after the fire broke out, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff said. Authorities told the man controlling the drone to stop it from flying because of the potential danger to firefighting planes. The man, whom Tolmachoff did not identify, was not cited. “This is the first one that I’m aware of,” she said. “These unmanned aircraft are becoming very popular with people, and there’s a possibility we will see more of them.” Crews held the fire to a little under 6 square miles overnight, increasing containment to 65 percent, state fire Battalion Chief Scott McLean said. Some of the evacuations were lifted Monday morning, but McLean did not immediately know how many people were allowed to return to their homes. “We’re not going to get complacent, but it’s looking very good,” he said. Amy Russell, 35, was among those given the OK to go home. The location of her home on the outskirts of the fire gave her hope it was still standing. “It’d be very hard to lose everything. It’s a fixer-upper house, so we could rebuild it if it burned down, but it would be a real emotional loss,” said Russell, who was at a Red Cross shelter set up at a high school with her two daughters, Abigail, 3, and Anneliese, 2. She managed to pack essentials, including a safe with legal documents, as well as sentimental items such as wedding photos and a wooden jewelry box her husband made. The fire has destroyed 13 homes and 38 other structures near wine-growing regions in Amador and El Dorado counties since it started Friday, as it burns in rugged grassland and timber. Some grapevines did burn, but crews were able to keep the fire from spreading to the main grape-growing area, Tolmachoff said. The Sierra foothills fire is one of two in California that has forced people from their homes, underscoring the state’s heightened fire danger this year after three years of drought created tinder-dry conditions. Read the rest here...
Drone photography is the next time-lapse (which, incidentally, was the next HDR), but it presents a challenge that the previous two styles never did: safety. In this particular case we don’t mean safety of the people around (or rather below) you, but rather the safety of your gear itself. As we’ve seen time and again, drones drop from the sky on occasion, and when they do, they rarely survive the journey south… Until now. A new product called DJI DropSafe aims to change all that. The DropSafe balistic parachute, which is still designated as “Coming Soon,” is a common sense addition to an expensive hexacopter: an automated, reusable parachute that can deploy in the event you lose control of your precious bit of flying metal. DJI DropSafe balistic parachute for drones Officially designated a ‘drop speed reduction system’ — because DJI’s lawyers are keen on making sure you know that this thing isn’t guaranteed to save your equipment from harm — you can see the system in action in the video above. It weighs less than 1.3lbs, mounts on top of your DJI S800 or S1000, and in case of emergency, deploys in less than 0.5 seconds. Thus far, this unlisted video and the little information in its description is all we have to go off of, but we wouldn’t be surprised if this sort of thing becomes standard on all those camera-toting UAVs that are causing so much concern. For the photographers/videographers, the parachute will offer some peace of mind that your gear will have a softer landing. For people on the ground, DropSafe might just save them a cracked skull. Source
A small drone has been handed in to Ollerton police after being found in a garden. The remote control-operated aircraft was thought by police to have been lost in December after the person using it lost sight of it somewhere above Ollerton. The owner of the lost aircraft is believed to live in Edwinstowe, the force says. “If you know of anyone losing such an item please pass this information on and ask them to contact the reception staff at Ollerton Police Station,” said PCSO Laura Bowditch. “Proof of ownership will be required.” If you are the owner of the drone, you can call Ollerton police on 101 or visit the station on Forest Road in Ollerton. Read more: http://www.retfordtimes.co.uk/drone-landed-Ollerton-garden/story-21020357-detail/story.html#ixzz30BRXIOgx
Law enforcement agencies around the world have used thermal imaging cameras for a long time to locate illegal cannabis farms or growhouses. That’s because the hydroponic lights used for indoor growing operations give off lost of heat, making them vulnerable to detection by thermal cameras. When they come across a growhouse, they raid it. A criminal in the UK is doing the opposite. By attaching a thermal imaging core to a drone, he seeks out illegal cannabis farms and steals their produce, or compel them to pay “tax”, a fancy word for extortion. Halesowen News interviewed the tech-savvy criminal who initially brought the drone so that he could look into people’s windows. When he noticed that police helicopters used thermal imaging cameras to find indoor marijuana growing operations, he bought a heat seeking camera online and hooked it up to the drone. When he locates a property he and “his crew” burgle the place. Contrary to what most people would think, apparently in places like Halesowen, Cradley Heath and Oldbury “the people growing it are not gangsters,” says the crook. Apparently they don’t even need to use violence half the time when they hit up a growhouse. Obviously in the criminal’s eyes this isn’t a blatant violation of peoples’ privacy, let alone a complete disregard for the law. “I am just after drugs to steal and sell, if you break the law then you enter me and my drone’s world,” he says.
Thermal images captured by an small drone allowed archaeologists to peer under the surface of the New Mexican desert floor, revealing never-before-seen structures in an ancient Native American settlement. Called Blue J, this 1,000-year-old village was first identified by archaeologists in the 1970s. It sits about 43 miles (70 kilometers) south of the famed Chaco Canyon site in northwestern New Mexico and contains nearly 60 ancestral Puebloan houses around what was once a large spring. Now, the ruins of Blue J are obscured by vegetation and buried in eroded sandstone blown in from nearby cliffs. The ancient structures have been only partially studied through excavations. Last June, a team of archaeologists flew a small camera-equipped drone over the site to find out what infrared images might reveal under the surface. "I was really pleased with the results," said Jesse Casana, an archaeologist from the University of Arkansas. "This work illustrates the very important role that UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) have for scientific research." Casana said his co-author, John Kantner of the University of North Florida, had previously excavated at the site and the drone images showed stone compounds Kantner had already identified and ones that he didn't know about. For example, the thermal images revealed a dark circle just inside the wall of a plaza area, which could represent wetter, cooler soil filling a kiva, or a huge, underground structure circular that would have been used for public gatherings and ceremonies. Finding a kiva at Blue J would be significant; the site has been considered unusual among its neighbors because it lacks the monumental great houses and subterranean kivas that are the hallmark of Chaco-era Pueblo sites, the authors wrote in the May issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science. The images also could guide archaeologists' trowels before they ever break ground. "Now that we know what household compounds look like in thermal imaging, we could use it to prospect for structures at other sites," Casana told Live Science. Read more.... RTF Drones sell thermal imaging cores, contact for more info