Tech Tuesdays, 7/17/12: DO IT YOURSELF -- HEXACOPTERS

One word:

HEXACOPTERS.

Lets begin.

A hexacopter is a miniature helacopter (think "Air Hog" but better) with 6 (count 'em -- SIX!) rotors instead of 1 or 2.  This is aerodynamically superior for all sorts of reasons, mainly stability and power.

Attach a DSLR or GoPro to one of these babies and you too can be like James Cameron.

Years ago, such light aerial vehicle technology was reserved for the military and the wealthy-private-sector R&D.  Now, you can have YOUR VERY OWN UAV.

We'll start with this introduction.



 
A nice place to fly: Hexacopter in Cameroon / Africa from W. Thielicke on Vimeo.


And segway to a more DIY-friendly piece:





Popular Mechanics recently included a version that the military is working on, featuring a working machine gun. While you may not want to do that (at risk of having to face Homeland Security) the mere possibilities afforded by mini-copters is exciting, and propels us one step closer to The Future. For more, keep your browser locked on The Daily Serge.

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