An 82 year old Wisconsin man had been missing for three days. Search dogs, helicopters and hundreds of volunteers searched for him without luck. The elderly man has dementia and was believed to have been without food, water, or shelter for three days. The fear was that they would find a body, but he was finally located by a drone with camera in a 200-acre soybean field. The elderly Wisonsin man was OK, but dehydrated. This was reported by a local TV news show who interviewed David Lesh the drone pilot http://www.nbc15.com/video?videoid=2889185.
Another drone company called EquuSearch uses small drones to find missing persons. They stopped doing business for legal reasons, but just resumed operations after a minor courthouse victory against the FAA which regulates US flights.
According to Brendan Schulman, EquuSearch’s attorney, “In the litigation, we were not presented with a credible argument showing that humanitarian use of model aircraft is illegal. I cannot predict what the agency will do, but I hope they will recognize and embrace this safe and beneficial use of the technology.” The FAA says the the legal decision — which was based on a technicality without the merits being decided — “has no bearing on the FAA’s authority to regulate” the commercial use of drones.
Slow motion makes nearly everything look better. Apple’s new iPhone 5s can do something no other smart phone cannot do – shoot 120 fps. The Canon 7D, the Panasonic GH3 and G5, Sony NEX 5, 6, 7, as well as my own Sony Ea50 all shoot 50p/60p. Straight out of the camera it looks pretty […]Read More
GoPro and Google have joined forces to create a Virtual Reality camera rig with 16 GoPro HERO4 cameras. It’s called Jump. It can transform 16 pieces of video into one stereoscopic 360 degree VR video. The 360 degree camera array allows all 16 cameras to act as one. This makes camera syncing easy, and includes […]Read More