The computing power inside a quadcopter is enough to read a few gyros and accelerometers, do some math, and figure out how much power to send to the motors. What if a quadcopter had immensely more computing power, and enough peripherals to do something cool? That’s what Phenox has done with a micro quad that is able to run Linux.
Phenox looks like any other micro quad, but under the hood things get a lot more interesting. Instead of the usual microcontroller-based control system, the Phenox features a ZINQ-7000 System on Chip, featuring an ARM core with an FPGA and a little bit of DDR3 memory. This allows the quad to run Linux, made even more interesting by the addition of two cameras (one forward facing, one down facing), a microphone, an IMU, and a range sensor
Where many fear Orwellian dystopia with drone technology, Pier Pictures’ Robert McHugh and T.S. Pfeffer see great potential for experimental filmmaking. After watching the duo’s Flabush Zombies x Trash Talk “97.92” video, it was clear that drones could rewire music videos into a trippy visual experience
There are a lot of cheap quadcopter kits out there, sold ready to fly with a transmitter and battery for right around $50 USD. One of the more popular of these micro quads is the V2X2 series. They are, unfortunately not compatible with any other radio protocol out there, but [Alexandre] has managed to use the transmitter included with his V202 quad to send data to an Arduino.
Like most quads, the transmitter that came with [Alexandre]‘s V202 operates on 2.4GHz
Image: drone with GoPro camera/WikiGeo News, Pakistan’s most popular news channel, is in the process of acquiring 2 DJI Phantoms to assist in gathering footage for the network. They are described as “commercially available Unmanned Aerial Vehicles,” or, in other words, unarmed drones.While his counterparts in America are compromised by FAA regulation, Geo Online editor and de-facto drone pilot Shaheryar Popalzai had first-hand experience with the technology in March.“It’s only a matter of time before news (organizations) understand the benefits of using UAVS, and how they can help with the news,” he says.For GEO News, which suffered an attack on its prominent anchor, Hamid Mir, last weekend, drones offer safety and the ability to cover topics in greater detail
It’s enough to make you not want to look out of the window next time you fly – the FAA has revealed a drone recently came dangerously close to colliding with a US AIrways jet over Florida.The post Drone and US Airways jet almost collide in incident over Florida appeared first on Digital Trends.