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:
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?
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,
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?
A few fishermen in an Orlando lake got quite a surprise when a DJI Inspire drone flew over them with a fish in a basket.
Setapp’s marketing message is “Take the easy way.” so they found a few fishermen in an Orlando lake, and flew a fish over to them using a DJI Inspire drone:
For GeekCon 2016, Tomer Daniel and a crew of twelve hackers, welders, and coders built a real-life version of Space Invaders using drones as targets!
Players of Space Invaders with Drones sit on a turret that slides back and forth on rails, and they take aim at flying drones with their