It’s called the AR Drone (see pic). Comes with ability to take still shots as well as video. Runs on a lithium ion battery back that keeps it aloft for 12 minutes. There has been alot of times I’ve had parts of roofs I just could not inspect due to height/steep slope/shape, etc and figured for $240 I’d give it a try. Beats NOT being able to at least look at it. You control it via your android phone or tablet as it sets up a wireless connection to it similar to an Eye-Fi card. I’m anxious to get it up and running. Should be a good thing for clients to see instead vs advising them that there is something that you cannot at least get a visual look on due to limitations.
You control the camera from your iphone/ipad/android phone/android tablet via an app from the appstore. I am not sure about zoom. From what I am reading it does not appear to have a zoom capability on it. I guess depending on your skill you can maneuver it close and view from the tablet. It has a plastic ring around it to protect it from bumping into things. I’m not using it really to find a nail-head sticking out of a shingle but more to catch overall problems on things that ordinarily might be missed due to physical limitations. Unfortunately I am a 1 man business right now and the roof is about the most dangerous place for all of us. I am sure we’ve all gotten on roofs we probably shouldn’t have. I’m hoping this ‘toy’ that I’m gonna try to use as a tool, will eliminate that problem. It’ll be shipped here this week and I’ll update then how it all works and hopefully be able to post a photo or video (youtube) of it in use.
You have a hard time dealing with facts and as a newbie seem to jump at anything.
Which part of I investigated it last year are you too stupid to comprehend buddy .
Been doing roof videos for about 3 years now but you certainly think you know the business and everything about the gadget.
Got any specs on the thing to back up it being a g-dsend or are you just a schill?
Gimme $500 and I will let you join the pole cam operators association.
Bob does bring up a valid point about the wind, which is why I am gonna put it through its paces on a few test runs before giving it the official thumbs up here. I already have a pole that can get me to 16 feet, but that isn’t gonna get me shots of a second story roof where both stories have 12 foot ceilings and my truck has a cap on it so no ladder rack capability, nor do I feel like endangering myself by fumbling around on a roof where I’ll be 28 feet off the ground at the peak, but everyone has their idea of limitations.
Bob, I called you a negative nancy. It’s a joke. You said you saw one; you did not say you investigated one. Either way I’m tired of defending myself agains a newb hating bitter old fart with a fun sponge attitude. Thanks for all your help but I am putting you on ignore now.
Two cameras are fitted, a wide-angle (93°) at the front which can supply live stream (640x480 pixels VGA) to a remote monitor, and a high speed vertical camera (64° lens) which can supply 60 frame/second.
Not being negative. I am just making you aware of your liability. :roll:
If someone gets hurt while you are flying for ANY REASON, or you do damage to an object you can be held liable.
I see litigation written all over this.
I have been flying small indoor choppersand in my parking garage.
Small duel motor 3 channel mini modle hilocopter.
Wind and Downdrafts will be an issue.
Here is information on the small ones like I fly.
[FONT=Arial]Start off with a 2 channel helicopter or 3 channel. These should be easy to fly and some you can fly inside. Most of these helicopters will be pretty small so do not fly them outside in the wind or else you can end up breaking your helicopter, ***someone else’s stuff or hurting someone.***[/FONT] How to fly
I actually pre-ordered the 2.0 version of it with HD video/pics and auto focus, camera stabilization built in, and wind stabilization where it calculates wind speed and adjusts on the fly via onboard computer. Won’t ship till June. I didn’t get sold a ‘bill of goods’ whatever that means. I don’t just willy nilly jump into things without doing solid research on what I spend my hard earned money on, and if it doesn’t work, then I send it back for a full refund, no bubbles no troubles.