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Drones, Drone, and Drones

So when is a drone a drone? And an RC helicopter an RC helicopter? We have been hearing a lot about drones lately and I keep wondering if people are mixing up drones with RC flying helicopters and planes. So I searched on the Internet to see if there was any established definition of what a drone was. You see, I had always thought of a drone as being a large military or commercial industry oriented flying device that did not house a pilot and was controlled on the ground by a sophisticated computer and could fly outside of the operator’s line of sight like a large airplane or helicopter. But the article I found on arstechnica.com referred to a small flying device that did have a limited distance as being a drone. Check out this fun article and watch the video they put together, it is actually quite interesting if you love technology and cool toys of tech. http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/06/flying-and-crashing-a-1300-quadcopter-drone/ So is a drone a design style or something defined by technological abilities? So I checked Wikipedia to get an idea of what the basic parameters are and here is what I discovered. There were three categories for this type of usage of the word. The first one that I thought was the definition was basically described as thus… “An unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV), also known as a combat drone or drone, is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that is usually armed. Aircraft of this type have no onboard human pilot. Drones are usually under real-time human control, with "the human's role in UCAV system [varying] according to levels of autonomy of UCAV and data communication requirement[s]" The modern military drone as known today

I Want One!!!

What is it?   ….it’s a camera ball!  I just found this little techno gem on the BBC website and it looks like great fun.  I can just imagine something like this being used for social media fun, but I can also imagine it could be useful in exploration purposes such as examining caves or crevices that a human cannot access safely but a small object could be lowered safely down instead.  Perhaps lowering one down into the Amazon Rain forest to capture photos of plants and animals in the tree tops to give a real life feeling of what it would be like to be in the trees. Click below for the BBC article and video footage. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25926300 Or even better go to this link and click on the company’s “watch the video” icon and get the whole story about the camera and its creation and possibilities for capturing life’s wonderful moments. http://www.panono.com/ballcamera/ G. Winkler ©2014 Technology Artist Cumulus Technology

A Funny Thing happened on the way to the Balloon Races…

Some of the Cumulus Technology Team thought it would fun to take up Jon Myers of Pacific States Communications offer of a place to hang out during the Reno Balloon Races.  We all had been spending a bit too much time on programming projects and needed a bit of fresh air, fun, and something visually inspiring.  So we car pooled up to the Rancho San Rafael Park where the event was held and planned to park at one’s of the team’s parents’ home.  When we arrived about 6:30 am, we were surprised by the sight of a hot air balloon sitting in the field next to the family home. The ground crew had not arrived yet and they had made an unexpected landing, which for us was a fun surprise.  One does not always get the opportunity to see the balloons this close or even talk with the crews.  This balloon crew went by the name of Rubik and had come to the conclusion it was safer to pack up the balloon and go back to the starting point since the field in which they landed in was very close to some power lines and a busy road.  So we watched them during the dawning light of the morning disassemble their lovely rainbow colored balloon and part of our team offered to help them along with one of the neighborhood children.  It was an amazing process that took them less than 7 minutes to complete.  As they finished up their packing process and got all their team members loaded into the truck, we wondered if they really would be able to re-launch again.  And just to prove how small this world is, one of their

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