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CLMcDade
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Re: About cost
CLMcDade   7/15/2014 2:07:52 PM
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Well my wedding photographer was $ 3,000 and forgot to set up a video camera.  Having the AirDog would have been a pretty cool way to cover the wedding and reception, though my dance moves are probably best left undocumented.

As mentioned in some of the other comments, there will definitely be problems that crop up as these drones proliferate, but for now, we should enjoy the videos and the possibilities.

Ann R. Thryft
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About cost
Ann R. Thryft   7/14/2014 11:52:54 AM
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$1500 sounds a bit high for an individual user, but I bet it's a lot less by at least 1-2 orders of magnitude than your own film crew. Any idea what those cost?




blumb
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And the lawsuits will begin
blumb   7/14/2014 9:46:13 AM
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The idea is wonderful, being able to track an athlete performing amazing skills.

However, the current trend of private individuals that are purchasing these drones is increasing daily as are the restrictions of their use. The use of drones within our national parks has already been banned and users should be getting clearance if they are used within a certain radius of airports.

 Can you imagine the roads when "everyone" has to have a drone flying above them to record their daily lives? Having the drones follow them while they drive to and from work every day. How about people walking around say New York City? Will the drones have an installed collision detection systems to prevent crashes against other drone, building, people, etc...?

 Imagine the crashing drones falling onto innocent people as they walk, enjoying a picnic, hiking through the wilderness, or enjoying a sportring event. In today's litigious society I can see lawsuits happening and new laws being written all because a few could not think practically about the use of their devices.

I ride with a bunch of other motorcyclist and often wonder what the heck some of them are thinking when they pull out their cameras to snap a "selfie" or record their ride. When did their self-seeking pleasure become more important than their safety or the safety of others, like mine?
I am also a photographer and would love to use some of the new tools to take me to new heights. I would love to create a video of some of the groups and venues that I shot from varying vantage points, all while sitting still, but I think that safety is more important than some crazy shot from space.

 Again, I think the technology is amazing and how they incorporated it is great. I just hope the technology is used appropriately and ONLY by trained, licensed, and heavily insured pilots.


I am also a photographer and would love to use some of the new tools to take me to heights. I would love to create a video of some of the shots from varying vantage points all while sitting still but I think that safety is more important than some crazy shot from space.

 

Again, I think the technology is amazing and how they incorporated it is great. I just hope the technology is used appropriately and ONLY by trained, licensed, and heavily insured pilots.

Battar
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Security cam
Battar   7/14/2014 9:13:01 AM
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It's also the ultimate security camera.

Elizabeth M
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Re: Next Generation Aerial Photography
Elizabeth M   7/14/2014 7:57:04 AM
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I agree, Greg, this is really cool, especially for the targeted uses. I wouldn't mind having one of these with me when I'm surfing, although I'm not sure how the other surfers in the water would feel about it!

Greg M. Jung
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Next Generation Aerial Photography
Greg M. Jung   7/12/2014 9:42:05 PM
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Nice job AirDog team.  To create the hardware for the light weight unit and the software for the gimbal technology is pretty tricky and challenging.  From the promo shots, it looks like the camera stability is pretty good.

Coincidentally, my daughter was talking about a similar system like this at dinner tonight.  She said that other, non-sports applications could include aerial shots of college formals and other events and gatherings.



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