Beware: Low flying quadcopter

For Christmas this year I got my son a quadcopter. This wasn’t a completely selfless gift; I obviously wanted to have a go myself. 🙂 Above are the results from my first outside daylight (this part is important) flight.

I got him the UDI U818A 2.4GHz 4 CH 6 Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter with Camera RTF Mode 2. The camera is VGA (640×480) only, and struggles with low light – hence needing to film in daylight. Another limitation is battery life: up to 2 hours charge for 6-8 minutes flight time. Suffice to say we have some more batteries on the way!

This is a great starter kit, and has sufficiently whetted my appetite for more. I can see an AR.Drone or Phantom Vision in my future. 🙂

Enabling Students in a Digital Age: Charlie Reisinger at TEDxLancaster

This is really inspiring to me, on several levels: as an Ubuntu member, as a Canonical, and as a school governor.

Not only are they deploying Ubuntu and other open-source software to their students, they are encouraging those students to tinker with their laptops, and – better yet – some of those same students are directly involved in the development, distribution, and providing support for their peers. All of those students will take incredibly valuable experience with them into their future careers.

Well done.