Tuesday, November 18, 2014

DJI has me inspired to BUY the DJI Inspire 1

So I want to get into Aerial Photography/Videography and was thinking of going with the DJI Phantom 2 with the GoPro HERO4 strapped on but DJI had to go and inspire me to possibly get there latest... The DJI Inspire 1! It looks like it's straight out of the video game Portal... This thing looks incredible and futuristic!

Portal Gun
From the press release:
DJI's most advanced technology comes together in the Inspire 1, an easy to use, all-in-one flying platform that empowers you to create the unforgettable. Never before has such power been put into a ready-to-fly system that anyone can fly.

Main Features:

  • 4K Camera: Shoot up to 4K video and capture 12 megapixel photos with the built-in Inspire 1 camera.
  • Live HD View: See what your camera sees in real-time 720 HD, perfect the framing, and never miss a shot.
  • New Remote Controller: Rebuilt with dedicated controls for the shutter, camera settings, and more. Optional dual-controller support allows you to fly with a friend and share your vision.
  • Transforming Design: The strong carbon fiber arms lift out of sight, giving you a full, unrestricted 360⁰ view of the world below.
  • New camera and gimbal system: Get crystal clear images with DJI's most advanced camera to date. The gimbal holding your camera is the result of DJI’s years of expertise in camera stabilization, giving you smooth, stable footage in any flight conditions.
  • Optional dual-operator control: Fly with a friend and share your vision. Achieve shots that never would have been possible alone by using two remote controllers. One person flies, while the other controls the camera.
  • Vision positioning system: Flying indoors is easier than ever with Optical Flow technology that provides accurate position holding even when GPS is unavailable. The sensors determine your Inspire 1’s location and altitude and lower the legs automatically when landing.
  • Modular, upgradeable system: Inspire 1’s gimbal and camera system can be removed from the aircraft for safe transport and future upgrades.
  • Full-Featured App:Take complete control of your camera and flight system with a comprehensive mobile app.
  • Intelligent power management system:
    A fully integrated intelligent battery powers your Inspire 1 and virtually manages itself. 
Please click here for more information. 

So this looks like a winner... I think I'll go ahead and pre-order the DJI Inspire 1!

Friday, November 14, 2014

My Hubsan X4 RC Quadcopter was short lived

So I got the Hubsan X4 a few days ago as I mentioned here, and I already lost it... it's GONE!

I started off flying it in the house for a few charges, or tried to... it's really hard to control. It's not like the Parrot AR Drone that just hovers in one place if you want it to. It's always moving up or down and/or side to side, keeping you always adjusting for control rather then thinking of paths to take or tricks to do with it.  I decided to take it outside with more room to play with and see if it would be a little easier. It was some what, but then... see what happens in the footage I got.

I was more interested in getting an aerial shot then learning to fly this thing that it ends up roofed fairly quickly.

You would think I would have learned my lesson the first time. Nope! The next day I took it to a school with a very large area to fly in. Again I was more interested in getting a great aerial shot then learning to fly it. I was doing pretty good keeping it above me and keeping it ahead of the wind, that is until I decided to get a 360 view. That is when I started losing control. It was so small in the air that I didn't know which way was forward or reverse anymore. When I tried to adjust, it ended up getting even further away. I panicked! I grounded it hoping to find it but it fell on the other side of some buildings and large trees. It's either in a tree or maybe in someones backyard but I lost it for good!

Maybe I should have bought the Hubsan X4 with NO camera so I wouldn't be so into the low quality videos it takes but how to fly a quadcopter. We'll see...

Monday, November 10, 2014

New fun on the way that could become more then a hobby

I think I finally found something I'll enjoy that I could possibly make into a career (that is the plan at least), Aerial Photography and Videography.

I love taking pictures and editing videos, and who doesn't like RC vehicles? I'll have to dig up and post some of the videos I made over the years jumping and flipping my RC Traxxas T-Maxx... What a blast!

Anyway, I just ordered this!

Hubsan X4 RC Quadcopter
It's the Hubsan X4 H107C 2.4G 4CH RC Quadcopter With HD 2 MP Camera RTF from Amazon for $64.90.

I could have got a cheaper one if I got it without a camera or not as good of a camera but since I want it to practice with, not only flying but taking video as well, I might as well get the better of these mini quadcopters.

I should be getting it tomorrow... so watch for more posts of this new venture. I can't wait!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Refocus for the pounce...

Here's another one... Me ready to pounce on Schmitty.
Nokia Refocus
Tap or click on different points of the picture to focus in on a particular point. Tap or click on the icon in the bottom right corner to make all in focus.

Early morning basketball... [Nokia Refocus]

Just trying out the new Windows Phone 8 app from Nokia, "Nokia Refocus", on my Lumia 1020.
Nokia Refocus
You tap or click on different points of the picture to focus in on a particular point, showing depth. Tap or click on the icon in the bottom right corner to make all in focus.
Pretty cool huh? Sort of how the Lytro Light Field Camera works.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

HOT DEAL: Amazon kind of matching Microsofts online upgrade price for Windows 8 Pro

Microsoft will be offering a digital copy of Windows 8 pro for only $39.99 when it releases October 26th, 2012. Amazon on the other hand will be selling the physical copy for $69.99. But if you pre-order it now on Amazon, you get a $30 promotional credit...

Pre-order Select Windows 8 Software, Get a $30 Amazon.com Promotional Credit
Through October 20, 2012, purchase select Windows 8 software and get a $30 Amazon.com promotional credit toward the purchase of items shipped and sold by Amazon.com (certain exclusions apply, including Kindle books, MP3s, and video rentals and downloads). The promotional credit will be emailed thirty days after your order ships. Offer valid when shipped and sold by Amazon.com. See full terms and conditions for more details.
 Head now to Amazon for this great deal!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Microsoft + Skype = OMG!!! [HUMOR]


Microsoft bought Skype for a whooping $8.5 Billion!!


It all makes sense now!!




I am truly excited to see how Microsoft will use Skynet I mean Skype with there other products like the Xbox 360, Kinect and the Windows Phone 7. I’ll give it a chance, that is unless John Connor says different.

[idea from: Reddit via wpcentral]