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Comment: Re:They're not autonomous. Who talks to ATC? (Score 1) 77

by JStyle (#48168729) Attached to: An Air Traffic Control System For Drones

As someone in the hobby, technically, any unmanned aerial vehicle is a drone. Yes, for some, that word means "weaponized", but it's obvious that your park flyers aren't weaponized. It's a good opportunity to inform the public about the hobby, safety, and different characteristics of drones (even RC drones).

Additionally, flying a multi-rotor without some level of autonomy can be quite dangerous. Most models have sophisticated controllers that will maintain altitude and position with no input from the pilot. I would consider this autonomous assistance. It takes a LOT of skill to hover (with no controller), so some level of autonomy is required for safety.

Also, I would not fly one of these without the safety measure of Return To Launch (or Home). RTL will put the multi-rotor into a fully autonomous mode if 1) your transmitter signal degrades or gets cut, or 2) you get lost or loose orientation (which is quite easy with these). RTL will bring the multi-rotor to a set altitude, fly directly back to it's launch location and autonomously land. Your most common DJI Phantom models all have this built in and (normally) require GPS lock before taking off.

I would ADVERTISE that it has an autonomous mode, for the safety of the pilot and spectators.

Comment: Documentary (Score 4, Informative) 102

by JStyle (#48076961) Attached to: Study Weighs In On the Reliability of Eyewitness Testimony

I think this information is generally well known in law enforcement by now (at least, I hope so). I saw a news documentary on it and it's surprising how poor an eyewitness account can be, especially if handled incorrectly.

Keep spreading awareness:
Documentary Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
Documentary Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Comment: Re:Issues with smartwatches (Score 1) 87

by JStyle (#47836495) Attached to: Moto 360 Reviews Arrive

I agree with your points. I think what would work a bit more seamlessly is the Motorola Hint (also announced today). It's a tiny bluetooth device that sits in your ear. Much more discreet than a traditional bluetooth, with a fair bit more functionality. http://www.motorola.com/us/acc...

I think this is (currently) a better solution than a smartwatch.

Comment: Re:Non transferable to another game, (Score 1) 146

by JStyle (#47633169) Attached to: The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games

How is it different than baseball? hitting a fast moving ball with a bat is useless in real life. Both are forms of entertainment or recreation, one being physical, the other being mental. I'm sure there are plenty skills from video games that can be used in real life (information processing, team work, decision making, etc).

I understand you never said sports weren't a waste of time and energy, it just begs the question...

Comment: Re:no (Score 1) 437

I would anticipate that emergency responders would be able to close a road or cause an automatic detour with special (secure) commands sent to the automated cars. Of course, this "backdoor" would have to be limited in use, as we wouldn't want rouge cops or those with access to those commands using them for nefarious purposes. Maybe the passenger has to confirm the detour.

Comment: Re:flying drones is a hobby? (Score 1) 297

You would be surprised at the capability of small RC aircraft today. For ~$100 you can retrofit just about any RC aircraft to be fully autonomous. Drones (unmanned aircraft) will just keep getting smaller and smaller. Not to mention there are RC enthusiasts that fly scale airplanes of that size, they cost thousands of dollars though.

Source: RC pilot.

Comment: Re:"Drones" vs "RC aircraft" (Score 2) 297

Definition:
a. an unmanned aircraft or ship that can navigate autonomously, without human control or beyond line of sight: the GPS of a U.S. spy drone.
b. (loosely) any unmanned aircraft or ship that is guided remotely: a radio-controlled drone.

I'm an RC hobbyist myself. I don't do anything with multirotors, but I know many that do. Most of them have a control board that includes a "return to home" feature, so if they lose sight of the model (wind, equipment failure, etc), or even just lose visual orientation of the model, they can flip a switch and the multirotor will automatically rise to a pre-defined altitude, and return to the launch site, with no intervention. These systems are available for ~$100 and can fit on any size model. It can also be used for planes. I consider the use of these tools to be a safety feature and am very glad people use them. Also very helpful for FPV (first person view) flying, which can go well beyond line of sight.

Regardless, it's pedantic to distinguish between the RC aircraft and drones. What is important is regulating the capability and who gets to use them. Obviously weaponizing is a big no-no, and being used by the government for spy or surveillance operations must have some additional oversight (say, a court issued warrant).

Comment: Re:Magic Age (Score 1) 100

by JStyle (#46862589) Attached to: The People Who Are Still Addicted To the Rubik's Cube

No prob. Post again if you need any help. I get e-mails for replies. If you can't find your old cube, I recommend this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/produ...

I'm a mild enthusiast myself (fastest is about a minute). I keep one at my desk. I'm a big fan of the stickerless design and it's very slick out of the box. A little silicone oil lubricant (RC shock oil, 30wt) will make it REAL fast.

Comment: Re:Magic Age (Score 2) 100

by JStyle (#46861813) Attached to: The People Who Are Still Addicted To the Rubik's Cube

The corner rotation is really simple. R-, B-, R+, B+

You'll have to do that sequence 2x or 4x to get the orientation right. Then rotate the top face until you have a different corner that needs fixing in the "bottom right" corner (when looking at the top face). It's easy to forget the last B+ when learning (at least I did). And only rotate the top face, not the whole cube in your hands to get to the next corner. This move looks like it scrambles the cube, and then magically brings it back when on your last move. It's my favorite part, as it's some sort of "reveal" to an audience when it happens.

Last yeer I kudn't spel Engineer. Now I are won.

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