Bathtub Drone Can Lift A Human Pilot And Go Grocery Shopping

The Bathtub Drone is a DIY drone project that shows what’s possible with advanced drone technology and a little bit of ingenuity.

As drone technology continues to progress, one advantage is that DIYers have access to bigger motors, better control systems, stronger batteries, and more advanced sensors that leverage the technology being created for consumer drones. With this new drone technology, they’re able to do things that were impossible only a few years ago. For example: A flying bathtub drone that can carry a human!

The Real Life Guys are 20-year-old German twins who build crazy DIY projects and then share them on YouTube. Their latest project is the Bathtub Drone, a manned multicopter they built out of four very large drone motors attached to a regular old bathtub:

I wouldn’t expect DJI to start making their own bathtub drone any time soon, but for a DIY drone project, it’s a pretty neat idea, and seems to work really well. In fact, it works so well that they decided to put the pilot inside the bathtub, and then fly to the local market!

Check out their drone shopping video, and then imagine what else is going to be possible in the next few years as drone technology continues to advance:

Hitting A DJI Mavic Pro With A Bicycle

The DJI Mavic Pro is great for getting action sports shots, but sometimes you can get a little too close to the action…

We’ve covered drone crashes before, but as more people get more drones and use them in more places, the number of crazy drone crashes is just going to increase. The good news is, like most drone videos, even the drone crashes usually look pretty good!

In this video, the crew from XtremeTeamTV were performing bicycle tricks off a ramp into Port Bay, when one guy needed to bail out and let go of his bike in mid-air. Unfortunately for their DJI Mavic Pro, it was a little too close to the action, and got a front-row seat to its own demise:

Drone Race: Human vs. Machine

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been researching drone autonomy for more than two years, and recently decided to test their research by hosting a race between a drone operated by a human, and one operated by artificial intelligence.

So who’s faster?

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Watch A Short Film Shot In A Single Take By A Single Drone

At The End Of The Cul-de-Sac does something that no other short film has attempted: It uses a single drone to capture the entire scene, shot in a single take, and requiring a well-choreographed dance from both drone and actors:

To prepare for the shoot, the team created a low-res CG animatic of the entire short. This allowed them to plan everything out before they ever arrived on set, and it gave the cast and crew something to study ahead of time so they could perfect their movements:

According to director Paul Trillo,

What Happens When A Drone Gets Struck By Lightning?

To find out what happens when a drone is struck by lightning, YouTuber Tom Scott took a DJI Phantom 3 to the University of Manchester’s High Voltage Laboratory, where they hit it with an electrical impulse of 1.4MV.

So did the drone survive, or did it get blown into tiny little electrified pieces?

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The Weirdest Things Ever Attached To A Drone

Many drones carry cameras, but some drone pilots aren’t satisfied with just taking photos and videos.

Most people are happy to attach

New York City Drone Film Festival Winners

The New York City Drone Film Festival (#NYCDFF) is the world’s first event dedicated exclusively to the art of drone cinematography.

The first New York City Drone Film Festival had more than 150 submissions from 19 countries, so the second #NYCDFF evolved into a three-day event featuring interactive panels, a red carpet screening of the nominated films, an award ceremony, and a “Day of Drones” that included drone battling and drone racing.

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