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4495 clicks; posted to Geek » on 26 Nov 2013 at 8:54 AM (2 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-11-26 09:01:42 AM  
I don't want to be the one who has to balance 18 rotors.
 
2013-11-26 09:10:16 AM  
How many houseflies would need to be attached to me to achieve lift?
 
2013-11-26 09:12:27 AM  
i0.kym-cdn.com
 
2013-11-26 09:16:17 AM  
So we work right across the way from the new NSA data facility here in Utah. It's funny to make jokes about how they're hearing all of calls first, because we're closer. It's quite another when some jackasses decides to fly his quadcopter up and down the building and the one next door, hovering outside our office. The range of the thing was farking amazing, but it was as creepy as shiat, especially since we never figured out for sure who was flying it.


Biggest damn quadcopter I've seen, too...
 
2013-11-26 09:23:39 AM  
FTA:
Tim Hornyak is the author of "Loving the Machine: The Art and Science of Japanese Robots."

oh really?
 
2013-11-26 09:30:41 AM  
How can this be more "green" than an electric powered helicopter with fewer rotors?
The more rotors you have, the greater the overall friction and production of heat, thus wasted energy!
Even if it is guaranteed that the electricity to charge this thing comes from nuclear, hydro, or thermal power, that energy would be better spent operating some OTHER thing that uses a lot of power and would inefficiently otherwise use electricity from coal or natural gas, but couldn't be so easily improved to be more energy efficient (like this copter) such as refrigerators.
 
2013-11-26 09:31:08 AM  

acronym: FTA:
Tim Hornyak is the author of "Loving the Machine: The Art and Science of Japanese Robots."

oh really?


Just don't tell him about FISTO.
 
2013-11-26 09:36:09 AM  

FritzTrotsky: How can this be more "green" than an electric powered helicopter with fewer rotors?
The more rotors you have, the greater the overall friction and production of heat, thus wasted energy!
Even if it is guaranteed that the electricity to charge this thing comes from nuclear, hydro, or thermal power, that energy would be better spent operating some OTHER thing that uses a lot of power and would inefficiently otherwise use electricity from coal or natural gas, but couldn't be so easily improved to be more energy efficient (like this copter) such as refrigerators.


Yep.
 
2013-11-26 09:44:04 AM  
it's a fun proof of concept, but i don't see this ever realyl going anywhere in it's curent form.
 
2013-11-26 09:48:17 AM  
Robur approves

www.eccentric-cinema.com
 
2013-11-26 09:54:52 AM  
Million = 106
Billion = 109
Trillion = 1012
...
Octodecillion = 1057?

That's a lot of rotors.
 
2013-11-26 09:56:03 AM  
I can't wait for Hobby King's RC version!

jaybeezey: it's a fun proof of concept, but i don't see this ever realyl going anywhere in it's curent form.


Sort of like that extra apostrophe?
 
2013-11-26 10:16:46 AM  
It's kind of cute.

One thing it DOES do is remove the complexities of a helicopter's flight control system and put control directly to a computer. This would be much simpler to maintain. Of course, a 20 minute battery life, no mention whatsoever of maximum speed, payload, or licensing requirements put TFA directly into the realm of "look at this expensive toy".
 
2013-11-26 10:21:47 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: I can't wait for Hobby King's RC version!

jaybeezey: it's a fun proof of concept, but i don't see this ever realyl going anywhere in it's curent form.

Sort of like that extra apostrophe?


He 3d prints them so rhey're prwty cheap and unlikely he'll run out any time soon.
A good printer too- came out right side up and not backwards!
 
2013-11-26 10:25:25 AM  
Can't wait to see the dead cat version of this one.
 
2013-11-26 10:27:43 AM  

Whack-a-Mole: He 3d prints them so rhey're prwty cheap and unlikely he'll run out any time soon.


You might want to ask him to 3D print you a new keyboard.

Old_Chief_Scott: One thing it DOES do is remove the complexities of a helicopter's flight control system and put control directly to a computer.


The big thing is there's no Jesus bolt and no swashplate.
 
2013-11-26 10:35:54 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: The big thing is there's no Jesus bolt and no swashplate.


It's called a Jesus nut.
 
2013-11-26 11:05:28 AM  
Silly.
 
2013-11-26 11:10:00 AM  

Old_Chief_Scott: It's kind of cute.

One thing it DOES do is remove the complexities of a helicopter's flight control system and put control directly to a computer. This would be much simpler to maintain. Of course, a 20 minute battery life, no mention whatsoever of maximum speed, payload, or licensing requirements put TFA directly into the realm of "look at this expensive toy".


Whatever. Cars are immensely destructive and require that we not only destroy natural resources everywhere we go with our roads, we must change how our houses are built to include garages and driveways and crap that are bigger than our living spaces. Cars are even difficult to maintain and the use of software to run them means they are impossible to maintain at home now. Yet people still drive cars to the corner store. The parking lot at places like Walmart is an easy indicator for how absurd your critique is. Sadly, since I agree with you.
 
2013-11-26 11:27:59 AM  
So many potential points of failure.  I wonder how many rotors (or their batteries) can fail before you won't be able to land softly.
 
2013-11-26 11:43:04 AM  

Metaluna Mutant: Robur approves

good suggestion for my matinee movie today. finding it now.

 
2013-11-26 12:09:52 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Whack-a-Mole: He 3d prints them so rhey're prwty cheap and unlikely he'll run out any time soon.

You might want to ask him to 3D print you a new keyboard.

Old_Chief_Scott: One thing it DOES do is remove the complexities of a helicopter's flight control system and put control directly to a computer.

The big thing is there's no Jesus bolt and no swashplate.


I know, right?
Not fond of the iPhone but work pays and I'm too cheap to turn down free ;)
 
2013-11-26 12:17:36 PM  

Bennie Crabtree: Old_Chief_Scott: It's kind of cute.

One thing it DOES do is remove the complexities of a helicopter's flight control system and put control directly to a computer. This would be much simpler to maintain. Of course, a 20 minute battery life, no mention whatsoever of maximum speed, payload, or licensing requirements put TFA directly into the realm of "look at this expensive toy".

Whatever. Cars are immensely destructive and require that we not only destroy natural resources everywhere we go with our roads, we must change how our houses are built to include garages and driveways and crap that are bigger than our living spaces. Cars are even difficult to maintain and the use of software to run them means they are impossible to maintain at home now. Yet people still drive cars to the corner store. The parking lot at places like Walmart is an easy indicator for how absurd your critique is. Sadly, since I agree with you.


So what's your point, Bennie?
 
2013-11-26 12:49:58 PM  
Arkanaut: Octodecillion = 10^57?

That's a lot of rotors.


Shhh, you'll ruin it ;)

// octodecopter // octakaidecacopter // dococtocopter
 
2013-11-26 05:08:23 PM  

Old_Chief_Scott: Quantum Apostrophe: The big thing is there's no Jesus bolt and no swashplate.

It's called a Jesus nut.


I thought that's what wakes me up on a Sunday morning. But yeah, I can't tell a nut from a bolt, I'm dyslexic that way.
 
2013-11-26 09:45:46 PM  
CNN branded newsroflcopter debuts in 10... 9... 8...
 
2013-11-26 10:09:30 PM  
Not bad, though it has one obvious weakness:


img.fark.net
 
2013-11-26 11:00:06 PM  
I wonder if the control computer can set all the rotors to autorotation in the event of main power failure.

Or does it default to fall like a brick mode.
 
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