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Uses other than photography?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by RussA, Apr 4, 2014.

  1. RussA

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    I've ordered a camera for my phantom and intend to enjoy taking pictures, but I was wondering if anyone has found a regular use for them besides photography? I thought originally there would be a chance they could be used for geocaching, e.g. maybe dropping a microcache onto an island in a lake (from the shore) or up a tall tree but my initial practice runs have not made that look feasible. Are there any kinds of contests, challenges, or other recreational uses? So far I have not met anyone in my area who has one but if nothing else I think they could serve as a good uniter for a club of some sort.
     
  2. hook3m

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    Anyone play Ingress? I attached my phone to it and collected a bunch of XM. :D
     
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    It makes really good blended mud slides if you use a big enough bowl and turn it up side down. :lol: Just teasing. I'm looking at mounting a thermal camera to it.
     
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    If you could control Ingress on your phone remotely through another one you could use it to reach inaccessible portals. :D
     
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    I have seen video of Phantoms used to herd sheep and chase geese from a golf course.
     
  6. Howzit

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    Yea, flying them. :p
     
  7. iversens

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    My wife wants me to rig my Phantom with a gripper so she can send it to her friend's house to borrow a cup of sugar.

    Now that the Ground Station works with the P2 I just need to build/buy a servo controlled gripper.
     
  8. iversens

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    Since I bought my first P1 and even now with my P2Z I still feel an itch to challenge myself.

    How about starting a thread dedicated to different challenges.

    The trick is keeping them safe and legal to ensure the longevity of our hobby.

    One idea is to post video/pics of an amazing/difficult spot you've been able to fly and/or land your Phantom.

    I've been looking for large rocks nearby to fly my P2Z around. Maybe I'll find a cave in a cliff to explore?

    Ideas?
     
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  10. RussA

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    Just as I thought - a bunch of wise guys, but I'm still having fun even though I don't have any livestock to thermal image in my back yard.
     
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    You could try bomb runs using the gimbal as a bomb release..closest to target wins..different heights for differing degrees of difficulty...Mandrake

    Sent from the thing that does everything.
     
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    I've used mine to chase geese off grazing land, it occurred to me you could use it to lift a mobile phone higher in a poor signal area, if you wanted to check SMS or email.
     
  13. RussA

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    Someone, probably here in Silicon Valley, will come up with the "killer app" for these things. The commercial uses mentioned are all good. No derogation intended, but I bought mine for fun and photography seems to be the only real entertainment use besides just flying it around that I've seen so far. I'm not into models and modding. I can't even put a decal on straight.
     
  14. joeflyer

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    How about using it to see if the gutters on your house need cleaning.
     
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    Now that's thinking outside the box! I'm going to use mine to sweep the patio. :)
     
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    I did something similar to this a back in January. Noticed a leak around my chimney. We have a small pocket where two roofs and the chimney meet. Sometimes leaves get stuck up in there and cause rainwater to back-up and over some flashing. Sure enough that was the case I saw when flying my phantom up there. So I got up on the roof and cleaned it out. It would be nice if the phantom could clean that out for me - maybe the Phantom 3 . . .
     
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    Messing with Sasquatch!
     
  18. RussA

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    That's actually quite imaginative. I just cleaned out the gutters last month - for the last time until this fall - but it would be more fun to look with the Phantom than moving the ladder all around.
     
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    I had my chimney rebuilt late last year. So one of the first things I did when I got the Phantom was to fly around the chimney to check out what kind of a job they did.
     
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    Doomsday Prepper Propaganda Runs.... like they did in Vietnam with the leaflets.

    Fast manual mode fly by at night in fpv mode with a release bay and little post it notes saying "We are watching you ~NSA" scattered all over the front lawn over the bunker in the morning.

    (disengage LED's!)