Niederländische Polizei trainiert Adler um Drohnen vom Himmel zu holen


Direktlink: Polizei-Adler vs Drohne (via Automaton)

Ob Känguru, Affe oder Falke: Dass Drohnen hin und wieder mal von Tieren zur Strecke gebracht werden, ist nichts Neues. Aber von Polizei-Adlern höre ich gerade zum ersten Mal:

The Dutch police have partnered with Guard From Above, a raptor training company based in The Hague, to determine whether eagles could be used as intelligent, adaptive anti-drone weapon systems. The eagles are specially trained to identify and capture drones, although from the way most birds of prey react to drones, my guess is that not a lot of training was necessary. After snatching the drone out of the sky, the eagles instinctively find a safe area away from people to land and try take a couple confused bites out of their mechanical prey before their handlers can reward them with something a little less plastic-y. The advantage here is that with the eagles, you don’t have to worry about the drone taking off out of control or falling on people, since the birds are very good at mid-air intercepts as well as bringing the drone to the ground without endangering anyone…

The Swarm Manned Aerial Vehicle Multirotor Super Drone Flying

Direktlink: The Swarm Manned Aerial Vehicle Multirotor Super Drone Flying (via stellar)

Britische Schrauber haben sich eine Super-Drohne mit 54 Rotoren gebaut, die eine Person für immerhin 10 Minuten in der Luft halten kann – womit es per Definition eigentlich keine Drohne mehr ist. Vermutlich deswegen auch der etwas sperrige Name „The Swarm Manned Aerial Vehicle Multirotor Super Drone Flying“. Hier noch zwei Videos (1/2) mit ersten Flugversuchen.

The Swarm man carrying multi-rotor airborne flight testing montage. 54 counter-rotation propellers, six grouped control channels with Hobbyking stabilization. Take of weight 148kg, max lift, max approx. lift 164kg. Endurance10 minutes.

Quadrocopter aus einer Apple Watch basteln (sort of…)

applewatchcopterNeulich hat jemand eine sauteure Apple Watch von zwei Magneten zerquetschen lassen, was ich gleichermaßen doof und eindrucksvoll (der Sound!) fand. Hier ein Vorschlag, zumindest die Verpackung noch irgendwie sinnvoll zu nutzen. Genaue Anleitung gibts nicht, aber eine Aufstellung der verbauten Komponenten. Sollte nicht allzu schwierig sein.

Direktlink: Best way to use the Apple Watch (via Lordmat)

Postcards from Pripyat – Mit einer Drohne über Tschernobyl

Vimeo: Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl (via KFMW)

Danny Cooke war für CNS News in Tschernobyl. Mit Geigerzähler, Kamera und Drohne nebst GoPro ausgerüstet unternahm er dabei einige Streifzüge, bei denen u.a. diese eindrucksvollen Aufnahmen entstanden sind.

Chernobyl is one of the most interesting and dangerous places I’ve been. The nuclear disaster, which happened in 1986 (the year after I was born), had and effect on so many people, including my family when we lived in Italy. I can’t imagine how terrifying it would have been for the hundreds of thousands of locals who evacuated.
During my stay, I met so many amazing people, one of which was my guide Yevgein, also known as a ‚Stalker‘. We spent the week together exploring Chernobyl and the nearby abandoned city of Prypiat. There was something serene, yet highly disturbing about this place. Time has stood still and there are memories of past happenings floating around us.

Armed with a camera and a dosimeter geiger counter I explored…