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Drone Highlights of 2014

A lot has happened in my drone world this past year, though I really haven’t made much mention of it here. A quick recap of  some of the highlights:

  • In February, I acquired a 3D Robotics IRIS, a fun ready-to-fly quadcopter with autonomous flight capabilities.  I shot this fire aftermath video soon after.
  • Built my first quadcopter in April and participated in the Game of Drones – Aerial Action Sports League competitions at the Bay Area Maker Faire in May. Didn’t win any battles, but did hang out in the net a good bit.
First Drone Build: Von Drone California Special
  • Presented at dorkbotSF about my drone build and Game of Drones Maker Faire experience.
  • Shot a few dronies with friends using the 3D Robotics IRIS and a new DJI Phantom 2 Vision+.
  • Built a FPV 250 racing quadcopter. Needs a bit of tweaking and more air time, but she flies.
Second Drone Build: Turtle 250 FPV Racer Quad
  • Built a quadcopter based on the Game of Drones Hiro “indestructible” airframe.
My build of the Game of Drones Hiro "indestructible" airframe.
Third Drone Build: Game of Drones Hiro “indestructible” Airframe.
  • Shot a ton of aerial videos in exotic locales that are in the ever growing edit queue.  Soon, really!

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I can only imagine what 2015 has in store for our drone future.

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