The original Sean Kinkade (SK) Park Hawk! Version 1! What an amazing machine. Its hard to believe when you first see it, but it is the easiest thing to fly and has proven to be quite robust. Robert found this gem hanging from the roof of one of our local hobby shops and had to pick it up. I had been eyeing it for quite a while and maybe I should have picked it up. Either way its a joy to witness and to fly.
Experiments performed with a team of nano quadrotors at the GRASP Lab, University of Pennsylvania. Vehicles developed by KMel Robotics. Special thanks to Professor Daniel Lee for his support. Again, everytime I see something like this come out with a new breakthrough in Robotics research, I can't help but ask the obvious question:
Haven't these people heard of SkyNet? NO. Watch the Terminator series please...
Slightly more sinister than yesterday's cute and fuzzy "air swimmers", is this Remote Control Spherical Surveillance Drone.
It is the world's 1st remote control spherical flying device capable of hovering in place for long periods of time. It was developed by the Research Department at Japan's Ministry of Defense, weighs 350 grams, is 42 centimeters in diameter, and is made of commercially available parts costing a total of around $1,400 USD. The hope is to use it for difficult search & rescue, reconnaissance and filming girls undressing operations.