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    Father builds drone and tracks his kids

    A techy father has come up with a novel way of keeping an eye on his son as he walks to the school bus stop - a flying drone camera.

    The 21st century solution to the time-honoured tradition of escorting children to the bus stop is the brainchild of Paul Wallich.


    Called the Kid-Tracking Drone the hi-tech gadget uses a smart phone and chat software to record images from a lightweight 'quadcopter'.



    The pictures are then beamed back to Mr Wallich's computer to give him a live view of his son as he walks the 400metres down the hill to catch the bus.

    Once he is safely on board the flying machine hovers back to the family home, ready for another flight the following day.



    Posting on the Inside Technology ieee site, Mr Wallich says: 'On school-day mornings, I walk my grade-school-age son 400metres down the hill to the bus stop.

    'Last winter, I fantasized about sitting at my computer while a camera-equipped drone followed him overhead.
 So this year, I set out to build one.'


    In order to ensure the helicopter flies close to his son a beacon has been fitted in the child's backpack which uses GPS to link up to an antenna attached to the quadcopter.

    Mr Wallich has successfully used the device, but admits there are still some obstacles to overcome to make it efficient.

    He said it has proved difficult to obtain batteries powerful enough to complete the flight when weather conditions are anything other than fairly flat, and wind has also proved to be a problem.

    He added: 'To see the world from the quadcopter’s point of view, you can put together a fancy video-transmission rig, or just do as I did—strap on a smartphone and fire up your favorite video chat app.

    'The motors I got can lift a few kilograms, but my surveillance drone’s total weight comes closer to 1 kilogram, for a good margin of maneuverability.
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    He used open-source code to keep the helicopter stable in flight and to ensure it maintained whatever altitude the controller commands.

    Back from the comfort of his home Mr Wallich can connect to a number of PC-based graphical user interfaces that overlay the quadcopter’s position and other data on a map in real time.
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    I am sure this won't be used for stalking someone.

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    Is he really that lazy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack of Blades View Post
    Is he really that lazy?
    well, he put effort into building the drone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack of Blades View Post
    Is he really that lazy?
    I don't find it lazy. I find it innovative.


    How much 'lazier' has technology made all our lives?


    It's innovative and neat. And he probably spent more time assembling and managing the drone than simply walking the round trip 800 feet (or whatever it was) would have been.

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    parents are becoming way too over protective,thats why i can see this catching on.
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    If I ever have a daughter I'm using this to follow her on dates

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    Quote Originally Posted by abe_froman View Post
    parents are becoming way too over protective,thats why i can see this catching on.
    You can never be over protective. There is too many molesters and kidnapping now adays.

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    Why? You have software that you can put in cell phones now so that you can track, listen and even see through the camera from online.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by thephoenixson28 View Post


    You can never be over protective. There is too many molesters and kidnapping now adays.
    not really.i get the whole one is too many line of thinking.but most cases(like overwhelming 99% of cases of that happening is family,church officials,coaches,teachers aka trusted people).you have about the same chance of winning the lotto than your kid having that happen to them.not trying to belittle you or the danger thats out there,but its way overblown

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    Son, you just don't get it, i'm talking bout TWTW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by asandhu23 View Post
    well, he put effort into building the drone.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffy25 View Post
    I don't find it lazy. I find it innovative.


    How much 'lazier' has technology made all our lives?


    It's innovative and neat. And he probably spent more time assembling and managing the drone than simply walking the round trip 800 feet (or whatever it was) would have been.
    I think it's totally ridiculous. He built it to keep an eye on his kid to make sure he's safe but what the hell is a drone gonna do in the event of an abduction? It can't beat actual protection.

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    What does the drone do if the kid gets kidnapped?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thechom80 View Post
    What does the drone do if the kid gets kidnapped?
    shoots lasers

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    Father builds drone and tracks his kids

    thats some black ops 2 ****.


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    Good news. The US government is going to start doing the same thing in 2015. Except they won't be just tracking some guys kid to the bus stop.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...n_1896839.html


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