Welcome to The 'Drone Age' @occucopter. @TheOccucopter. OccuCopter. Step 1.
Design & build a fleet of OccuCopters Step 2. ???? Step 3. Freedom! Overview There is a clear and urgent need for citizen-controlled aerial observation devices. An increasingly wide variety of commercial UAV's (unmanned aerial vehicle) already exist, many of which are capable of streaming video. Noisebridge's OccuCopter / OccuBlimp project is a global collaboration, open to all who wish to contribute.
Next Steps Feel free to create an account here on the Noisebridge wiki and start editing and adding to this page as needed! Also, there are multiple forum discussions currently taking place regarding this project, in a variety of splintered places: private email lists, public email lists, Twitter and elsewhere. I think wiki is the best place for discussions ~~ MarkDilley Discussion Hackupy-discuss list Desired Features internal position hold features via gryo+gps Wifi bridge networked camera camera gimbals vs. fixed flight time Uplink/Downlink Requirements
OCCUPYWALLSTREET: 'The Control Tower' #occuc... OCCUPYWALLSTREET: The #coparazzi is taking 2... Drones for all! Or maybe just police? Please note that by playing this clip YouTube and Google will put a cookie on your computer.
There might not be guns in the skies above the United States just yet, but recent media and policy reports suggest we are about to witness an explosion in domestic law enforcement use of drones to surveil the US population. An ACLU report released last week highlights some of the major policy questions that need to be addressed before police drones invade our airspace.
Essentially, the authors recommend that legislatures enact statutes and police institute clear operations guidelines restricting drone surveillance by applying Fourth Amendment protections and ensuring that video data of ordinary people isn't kept in a massive database somewhere in Virginia. Not so fast: procedural policymaking and surveillance technologies It is a crisis in governance and all signs suggest it is getting worse. But drones might just be the straw that breaks the "procedural policymaking" camel's back. Drones come home. NOS: Politiek jaaroverzicht gemaakt met vliegende camera. Livestreaming Journalists Want to Occupy the Skies With Cheap Drones. Livestreaming journalist Tim Pool shows off his modified drone, dubbed the Occucopter, intended to make aerial coverage available to citizen reporters.
Photo: Sean Captain It may not sound like much: A video blogger bought a toy helicopter. But the blogger is 25-year-old Tim Pool — an internationally known journalist who attracts tens of thousands of viewers to his live-stream broadcasts from Occupy Wall Street protests in New York, DC, LA and other cities. (His feeds and archival footage are also aired on mainstream networks such as NBC.) He and his partners hope that the toy chopper — the $300 Parrot AR Drone — will be one step toward a citizen-driven alternative to mainstream news. [bug id ="occupy"]Along with “general assembly” and “99 percenters,” Occupy Wall Street has brought the phrase “livestreaming” to the forefront. “The AR Drone is the first toy that came out,” said Sam Shapiro, a 24-year-old programmer from Brooklyn who’s helping Pool hack together an airborne news network.
WATCH!!!!! 1/2 drone launched by protesters at Warsaw, Poland. Who's Drone? Our Drone!!! Protesters at Warsaw, Poland Launch UAV-CAM 2/2. 'Dronestagram' filters satellite photos of US drone strikes for your social feeds. Dronestagram is the latest project from renowned "new aesthetic" pioneer James Bridle, an Instagram feed which posts satellite images corresponding to US drone strikes in the Middle-East and Asia.
Much like Josh Begley's Drones+, the Apple-banned smartphone app which sends alerts whenever drone strikes are reported, Bridle says Dronestagram is a way of "making these locations just a little bit more visible, a little closer. A little more real. " Famous for the blog which coined "the new aesthetic," a term which describes new ways of seeing reality that have come about as a result of ubiquitous computer networks, Bridle's Instagram feed finds and filters images of drone strike locations using satellite data from Google Maps, adding contextual information from a variety of news sources, including the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. "These technologies are not just for "organising" information, they are also for revealing it.
" Josh Begley (joshbegley) sur Twitter. @dronestream. Watch This LEGO Drone Soar Across the Sky. We've seen people do some pretty creative things with Legos, but programmer and Lego enthusiast Ed Scott may have just taken the cake with this Lego quadcopter drone.
While it's certainly no Predator, the Lego drone is well-equipped: Four motors give it lift and thrust, autopilot helps keep it flying right and two cameras provide still and live-streaming video capability. It would be perfect for spying on roommates or coworkers — if it weren't bright yellow and red, at least. Scott programmed the drone's software, but he credits his kids with doing most of the Lego work. "Most people go to their favorite hobby store to get parts for their UAV," Scott told drone enthusiast site SUASnews. "I go to my kids playroom. " Would you fly a Lego drone? Image courtesy of SUASnews. Inauguration Festivities With Ceremonial Drone Flyover. WASHINGTON—Taking the oath of office for his second term today, President Barack Obama joined thousands of supporters in the nation’s capital for traditional inauguration festivities that included a prayer invocation, a parade along Pennsylvania Avenue, and a ceremonial flyover of three combat drones.
“When Obama was being sworn in on the Capitol steps, we could hear the drones screeching by overhead and everyone got really excited,” spectator Andrew Meyers, 34, said as he eagerly trained his eyes on the unmanned aerial vehicles that have taken out several hundred innocent civilians during presidentially authorized strikes in Pakistan and Yemen.
“They go by super fast, but luckily there are Jumbotrons all over the National Mall, so nobody missed out. Wait, they’re coming back!” At press time, sources confirmed that inaugural celebrants were enjoying the Jumbotron’s live closed-circuit feed of the still-open prison facility at Guantánamo Bay. ‘Rise of the Drones’ Is Mostly a PBS Infomercial for the Military Defense Industry. Screen shot from preview of Nova’s “Rise of the Drones” The widely-acclaimed PBS program, NOVA, premiered a documentary on unmanned aerial vehicles or drones.
The documentary, “Rise of the Drones,” was produced to explore how the technology is revolutionizing warfare and creating the next generation of cutting-edge surveillance. It was created to provide a glimpse at how the technology has advanced and how innovations might progress in the future. Before the documentary began, PBS noted the program had received funding from the David H. Koch Foundation for Science. Lockheed Martin is one of the nation’s biggest military defense contractors and is developing drones (in secret). Editorial Control Test: Has the underwriter exercised editorial control? Having Lockheed Martin provide any amount of money to a program that touts the amazing potential of innovations in drone technology appears to be a violation of both the “perception” and “commercialism” tests. Palm-Sized Nano 'Copter Is The Afghanistan War's Latest Spy Drone. British Army Sgt.
Scott Weaver of the Queens Royal Lancers launches one of the world’s smallest drones from a compound in Afghanistan. Photo: U.K. Ministry of Defence British troops in Afghanistan are flying a drone that’s shrunk down to its essentials: a micro-machine that spies, built for a solitary user. This is the Black Hornet. “We use it to look for insurgent firing points and check out exposed areas of the ground before crossing, which is a real asset,” Sgt. The fruit of a contract initially worth $4 million that the Ministry of Defence inked in 2011, the Black Hornet is a major step in the recent trend of miniaturizing drones. What’s perhaps more significant than the Black Hornet’s size is its personalized application.
But the Black Hornet is designed to be the robotic, remote-controlled eyes of a single soldier. The U.S. military is far away from that future, especially as budget cuts set in and the ground wars wrap up. Should an armed drone be dispatched to kill Christopher Dorner? (updated below) A major manhunt has been underway in the Los Angeles area for Chris Dorner, the former LAPD officer, Navy reservist, and trained marksman who is the prime suspect in the murder of three people, including the daughter of an LAPD captain (who previously represented him in a disciplinary proceeding) and her fiance.
A lengthy Facebook message attributed to Dorner vows that he will continue to kill not only members of the LAPD but also their children and spouses until he receives a public apology for what he believes was his unfair firing: "This will be a war of attrition . . . . I will utilize OSINT to discover your residences, spouses workplaces, and children's schools. IMINT to coordinate and plan attacks on your fixed locations. . . . Surveillance drones are now being used to try to locate him. For those of you who believe it's possible to know someone's guilt without a trial, there is very little doubt about his guilt.
Question posed on CNN. CNN: Should We Use Drones in America? Dumb and dumber: A secret CIA drone base - Opinion. You could, of course, sit there, slack-jawed, thinking about how mindlessly repetitive American foreign and military policy is these days.
Or you could wield all sorts of fancy analytic words to explain it. Or you could just settle for a few simple, all-American ones. Like dumb. Stupid. Dimwitted. Or you could simply wonder what's in Washington's water supply. Two weeks ago the Washington Post published a piece by Greg Miller and Karen DeYoung about a reportorial discovery which that paper, along with other news outlets (including the New York Times), had by "an informal arrangement" agreed to suppress (and not even very well) at the request of the Obama administration. On the other hand, you can understand just why the Obama administration and the CIA preferred that the story not come out. 'Agitated Muslims' and the '100-Hour War' The first drone mission from that base seems to have taken off on September 30, 2011, and killed American citizen and al-Qaeda supporter Anwar al-Awlaki.
Naomi Wolf: why I think there is something very wrong. Like a Swarm of Lethal Bugs: The Most Terrifying Drone Video Yet - Conor Friedersdorf. An Air Force simulation says researchers are at work on killer robots so tiny that a group of them could blend into a cityscape. Science writer John Horgan's feature on the many ways drones will be used in coming years is interesting throughout, and terrifying in the passage where he describes an effort to build micro-drones that are, as the U.S. Air Force describes them, "Unobtrusive, pervasive, and lethal. " Air Force officials declined a request to observe flight tests at a "micro-aviary" they've built, he reported, but they did let him see a video dramatization "starring micro-UAVs that resemble winged, multi-legged bugs.
The drones swarm through alleys, crawl across windowsills, and perch on power lines. One of them sneaks up on a scowling man holding a gun and shoots him in the head. " Here's that video (click "hide ad" to play): When I watch that simulation I am horrified. How far ahead is President Obama thinking? Drone ‘Nightmare Scenario’ Now Has A Name: ARGUS. The PBS series NOVA, “Rise of the Drones,” recently aired a segment detailing the capabilities of a powerful aerial surveillance system known as ARGUS-IS, which is basically a super-high, 1.8 gigapixel resolution camera that can be mounted on a drone. As demonstrated in this clip, the system is capable of high-resolution monitoring and recording of an entire city. (The clip was written about in DefenseTech and in Slate.)
In the clip, the developer explains how the technology (which he also refers to with the apt name “Wide Area Persistent Stare”) is “equivalent to having up to a hundred Predators look at an area the size of a medium-sized city at once.” ARGUS produces a high-resolution video image that covers 15 square miles. It’s all streamed to the ground and stored, and operators can zoom in upon any small area and watch the footage of that spot. First, it’s the culmination of the trend towards ever-more-pervasive surveillance cameras in American life. Video: Throwing and catching an inverted pendulum – with quadrocopters. Two of the most challenging problems tackled with quadrocopters so far are balancing an inverted pendulum and juggling balls. My colleagues at ETH Zurich’s Flying Machine Arena have now combined the two.
As part of his Master thesis Dario Brescianini, student at ETH Zurich’s Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, has developed algorithms that allow quadrocopters to juggle an inverted pendulum. If you are not sure what that means (or how that is even possible), have a look at his video “Quadrocopter Pole Acrobatics”: (Don’t miss the shock absorber blowing up in smoke at 1:34!) The Math A quadrocopter with a plate for balancing the pole. To achieve this feat, Dario and his supervisors Markus Hehn and Raffaello D’Andrea started with a 2D mathematical model. This first step allowed to determine (theoretical) feasibility. Analyze, Experiment, Repeat The shock absorber at the end of the pendulum is a balloon filled with flour and attached to a sliding metal cap with zip ties. Dario writes: Quadrocopter Pole Acrobatics. Journalism Schools Try Out Drones—And Test Legal Boundaries. AP style, interviewing skills, fact checking, and … drone flying lessons? At least two journalism schools are experimenting with using unmanned aircraft as news-gathering tools.
Drones have already been used by law enforcement, search-and-rescue groups, and other government agencies in the United States, but unmanned aircraft are still illegal for commercial entities to fly (and will remain illegal until at least 2015), which might be one reason that TMZ's rumored interest in a drone was quickly denied by the company. [POLL: Americans Still Approve of Drone Strike Program] That makes universities one of the only legal places for journalists to learn to fly drones. At the University of Nebraska, professor Matt Waite says they're staying "well within the non-commercial rules" and at the University of Missouri, students are working with the nonprofit National Public Radio station KBIA. "The law has so much grey area—we have to find stories that are not going to involve people. Seagulls.
Shad Olson Reports: The Great Drone Debate.mpg. Brace Yourselves, Drone Journalism Is Coming. Drones. They come in all sizes and prices. They come as toys for eager children or as killing machines for the military. They come indie-styled from DIY enthusiasts or at the ready from specialised companies. They are, in short, coming. But are they coming for journalists too? Image credit: Dkroetsch (from Wikimedia Commons). Drones are unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).
The benefits for journalists are evident too, especially for those who are in the field, like many science journalists. Drone journalism appears to make so much sense that two universities in the US have already incorporated drone use in their journalism programs. But does drone journalism really have a future? Closer to home, important ethical questions have been raised about the use of drones. In spite of those challenges, the drone movement appears to have gathered too much momentum to be stopped. So, yes, drones do look like they are on their way! Will drones revolutionise journalism though? Drones. Fake Signs On Bay Area Highways Say Drones Looking For Speeders. Social network diagram of Slovenian government members 1991-2013 by loyalty. DOJ argues in drone strike citizens can't enforce their constitutional rights in court... Exclusive: Leaked Pakistani report confirms high civilian death toll in CIA drone strikes.
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