A MAV-erick Defense Policy

September 18 2008 / by juldrich / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Business & Work   Year: General   Rating: 6 Hot

By Jack Uldrich

Cross-posted from www.jumpthecurve.net

At present, the United States government spends hundreds of billions of dollars in an effort to keep this country safe at home and defeat its enemies abroad. Much of the money is well spent but, often, I can’t help but feel we are wasting precious resources fighting “the last war.” As I argued in this piece a few weeks ago, we should instead bestudying the first six months of the next war.”

To end this end, I’d like to introduce you to a revolutionary new technology which could, in the words of the chief scientist of the U.S. Air Force, be a real “game-changer.” The Air Force calls the technology Micro Air Vehicles (or MAVs) and they are small, robotic drones (roughly the size of small birds) that could conceivably follow a terrorist back into a cave in Afghanistan and eliminate him.

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Microdrones Will Transform Low-Cost Videography

May 20 2008 / by Alvis Brigis / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Entertainment   Year: General   Rating: 3 Hot

Back when I lived in LA and worked on reality TV shows I would often ponder the future of low-cost video production (which is what enabled both the genre and the explosion of online video content) and imagine a variety of camera placements that would soon be enabled by new technologies. I was particularly excited about the potential for aerial drone cams that could follow characters in new ways, allow for low cost establishing shots and get to previously unreachable positions. And so I was psyched to come across this demo video of a hovering Microdrone camera that allows for all of the aforementioned:

Of course, it’s been around for about a year (yet another awesome technology that I’ve missed at inception) and is already being used for surveillance, exploration, television and more. It currently runs about $40,000 U.S. but as it drops in cost I expect that reality TV producers, documentarians, news producers and low-budget movie producers across the globe will employ it to shoot previously unthinkable footage. (cont.)

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