Here's some compiled footage from the first few test flights of my new quadrotor, tearing up the skies around Jackson Hole, Wyo. I've flown RC helicopters and planes for a while but this is my first multirotor aircraft. I love flying this thing but I'm equally stoked just by being able to put a camera up in the air. It's not a ready to fly solution, though you can buy them that way, however this one I built while my wife was sleeping. ;) The design of the QAV500 frame from FPVManuals.com is pretty amazing. For an aerial video/photo platform this is small(ish), it fits on my passenger seat, yet it can lift three different HD cameras for well over 10 minutes on a 4S 3300mAh Li-Po battery. The critical part of Tim Nilson's design uses rubber bobbins to isolate your cameras, flight controller and receiver from the vibrations caused by four brushless motors. It's not perfect yet (heck I haven't even balanced the props) but it's a great start from which to build on - looking forward to adding FPV video equipment (first person view) with an on-screen display and a UHF radio link for miles of range. No image stabilization was applied in post, this is straight out of a GoPro Hero2 and Hero3. I hope learning to edit video gets easier than my most recent landing!
James is an aerospace dropout turned super-hybrid engineer designer who co-founded Graffiti Research Lab and F.A.T. and most recently worked on the award-winning Eyewriter project which won the prestigous ARS Gold Award.
Location: Seoul, South Korea (by way of New York, NY, United States)
Profession: Artist, designer, robotic engineer, Professor at Hongik University in Seoul
Website: Graffiti Resarch Lab
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Notables: Along with Evan Roth, founded and runs Graffiti Resarch Lab; LED Throwies; L.A.S.E.R. Tag; EyeWriter Project with Tony Quan, Evan Roth, Chris Sugrue, Zach Lieberman,Theo Watson
James Powderly uses:
• Panasonic projectors
• Wicked Laser lasers
• Mac Laptop
• Watec Camera
• Pinnacle USB capture device
• Honda generator
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