Intro To Being A Gadget Freak: Where To Get A Drone?!

Intro To Being A Gadget Freak: Where To Get A Drone?!

Drones. When it comes to that word, many reactions are negative. There were enough of nefarious news about drones being used in military purposes, but that is not all there is to them. They can be used in totally opposite way for humanitarian purposes. If they can carry weapons, why not some goods to people in need? Those are UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) and RPA (remotely piloted aircraft) and we are not talking about military today. There is another type of drone called quadcopter and its usage is mostly for entertainment. That is where i-Drone.me flies in.

Shiny!

A quadcopter, also called a quadrotor helicopter or a quadrotor, is a multirotor helicopter that is lifted and propelled by four rotors. Unlike most helicopters, quadcopters use two sets of identical fixed pitched propellers, two clockwise and two counter-clockwise. These use variation of RPM to control lift and torque. Early in the history of flight, quadcopter was seen as possible solution to some of the persistent problems in vertical flight. A number of manned designs appeared in the 1920s and 1930s and due to their ease of both construction and control, quadcopter aircrafts are frequently used as amateur model aircraft projects.

i-Drone: Your One Stop Shop

i-Drone is an aftermarket one-stop shop for all your AR Drone spares and Multirotor needs. They have detailed videos and tutorials available to you, to assist you repairing and maintaining and upgrading your drone. It has not only been set up for drone owners to get some spares, but also to get some cool add-ons. They have primarily dealt with AR Drone spares, which are quadcopters of the french company Parrot, but they have expanded their range to include other quadcopters. Besides Parrot, they are official dealer for Go-Pro, a corporation that deals with high-definition personal cameras.

Drone selection

You get away from the military image, the kind of drones that i-Drone is dealing with, are called UAS (unmanned aerial systems). There are numerous civil aviation uses for them, including aerial surveying of crops, acrobatic aerial footage in filmmaking, search and rescue operations, inspecting power lines and pipelines, counting wildlife or delivering medical supplies to remote or otherwise inaccessible regions. And you just thought that they were expensive toys. Further uses include border patrol missions, forest fire detection, various surveillance, detection of illegal hunting, fire and large-accident investigation, landslide measurement and crowd monitoring.

Non-military

However, when it comes to UAV and videography, it is a legally grey area in Europe and United states. While it is not explicitly forbidden to use them for private purposes, there are many countries without regulations for drone usage in the private sector. In 2014 the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) said it had received a petition from the Motion Picture Association of America seeking approval for the use of drones in video and filmmaking. Seven companies behind the petition argued that low-cost drones could be used for shots that would otherwise require a helicopter or a manned aircraft, which would reduce costs. Regulations should be made in 2015. i-Drone is UK based so don’t worry, UK has regulations for private drones and they cover the law on their site.

Fresh out of the box

While “drone” still may associate you to some Orwellian scheme, for the most part, they are not that scary. Their usage and usefulness can vary and i-Drone.Me knows that. It is only matter of time before their private usage gets regulated by law in all countries and then their popularity can really take off. Pun intended.

Author: Hrvoje Hrsto

Hrvoje is BA audio engineer graduate from SAE Institute in Ljubljana, currently freelancing and writing. His interests are music, television and all things geeky.

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