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.
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.