Cellist Philip Sheppard came by this morning to borrow my cello for a couple gigs in the SF Bay Area, and the Avegant Glyph happened to come up in conversation. This (of course) led to an impromptu photo shoot during which I wanted to get a picture of the display reflected in his eye. Also, I've shared a few notes after my first couple of hours using Glyph.Read More
In January of 2014, the Glyph personal theater launched on Kickstarter, raising $1,509,506 from a $250,000 goal. 2 years later, the Avegant Glyph is finally here! I stopped by Avegant HQ on Feb 4, 2016, to pick up my Glyph Founder's Edition, which is finally shipping to backers this week.Read More
On January 25, 2016, a state of emergency was declared in Pacifica, California, after king tides and storm surge pummeled the coastline. Many of the apartments in Pacifica are hanging off of soft sandstone cliffs and are in danger of falling off.Read More
My friend, Leyan, pointed out today that I'm on the front page of Facebook's new 360 video guides page (a surprise). It's a photo taken by Ragnar Sigurdsson of me piloting a DJI Inspire 1 over a volcano in Iceland. The internet is a strange place!
Today, I received my "surprise" 40th-birthday gift from Pam: an AwesomeBox! What a great gift—I absolutely love it. A diverse set of 63 friends from various parts of me life (family, school, music, photography, technology) submitted pictures and heartfelt messages (which are printed on the back).Read More
The FAA UAS Registration Q&A states, "The registration number may be placed in a battery compartment as long as it can be accessed without the use of tools," so I put my first registration label, which is on a DJI Phantom 3, in the battery compartment.
Yesterday, I went on CNBC to talk about drone registration. I only had time to really share that drone registration exists and fly around in the studio a bit using a Blade Nano QX 3D (one of my favorite indoor toy drones), but the reality of drone registration is that it is a complicated issue.Read More
What an amazing, historic thing to be able to see SpaceX (via livestream) recover the 1st stage of the Falcon 9 rocket in an automatic landing at Cape Canaveral!
I caught up with Avegant at their Redwood City headquarters and had a chance to try out a pre-production Glyph personal theater headset, which had literally been flown back from manufacturing in China a day or two earlier. I backed Glyph on Kickstarter almost a year ago and have been following its progress closely as the company has moved from early prototype to having plans to ship in late January.Read More
Today, Lynda.com released a documentary featuring Aerial Photography Flight Club (Mark Johnson, Barry Blanchard, Russell Preston Brown, Aaron Grimes, Stacy Weskerna Garlington, Romeo Durscher, and me). The documentary is about a few folks in the SF Bay Area who discovered aerial imaging through quadcopters as part of the first wave using RTF (and modified) quadcopters a few years ago.Read More
The FAA has announced drone registration to be effective using a new government website this coming December 21, 2015 (in 1 week). If you already own or purchase a new flying thing over 250 grams (0.55 lbs) in weight, you will need to register. Bullet points:
- Registration is for hobby use only. Commercial use still requires a Section 333 Exemption done the old way.
- Registration costs $5 per individual (all your drones get the same ID), but if you register before Jan 20, 2016, you get your fee refunded.
- If you already own a drone, you must register within 60 days (Feb 19, 2016),
- If you are under 13 years old, you can register via someone older than 13. So I guess if you are 12, you can have a friend who is 13 register for you (what?).
- Only U.S. citizens can register. It is currently unknown how non-citizens register.
Are you going to buy a toy drone this holiday season? If you are, I have a plea: don't buy crappy drones! And if you do, don't fly them outside! I was interviewed as an expert today as part of a TV segment that will air next Tuesday. Part of the show involved showing what it's like to buy and use random, no-name "drones" (toy quadcopters)...Read More
Peachpit has put up an interview with me about taking pictures from the air using consumer drones. I talk about some of my favorite aerial experiences, safety considerations, and gift-giving tips for the holidays.
I'm speaking on a panel discussion about robots and art for the Robot Applications Group in San Francisco on Wednesday, December 16, 2015. My fellow panelists will include Dorkbot founder and Survival Research Labs collaborator Karen Marcelo, and Sam Reese and Justin Gray of Graywrx (fire art robots!). Timothy Reuter will moderate.
The event is free, but you need to RSVP to go.
I feel fortunate to have been invited back to TTI/Vanguard's [next] conference this year, but as a guest instead of a speaker. As expected, the talks were fascinating and the audience, sharp and engaged. [next] conferences aren't officially themed, but this year's conference seemed to focus on material science.Read More