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Drone Island #Bebopyourworld

Drone Island #Bebopyourworld

I was out flying again yesterday and managed to capture my son playing in the nearby islands. I find it really wonderful that he will have such films about his life captured in this way and it's another reminder of how drone technology is providing new memories of our lives. In the end, the best drone cinema experiences may be those simple, personal movies that are made, which tell us more about what life we have had. Oblivious to my filming him, or the wider perspective on where he is located, the film situated him within the place far more effectively than he could ever hope to perceive from ground level. I have no idea what he will make of a film like this when he is grown up, but, as his parent, I am sure I will find it very moving to look back and know more fully that he had all of this around him growing up and I think drone film making has the potential to make us feel this way, one way or another, wherever we live. That wider perspective we have on the world around us is simply breath taking.

My First Dronie

My First Dronie

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We are half way through the 12 month Project Daedalus, a Nesta Digital R&D for the Arts creative technology research prohect in which we have been exploring the creative potential of drones. Over this period, I've been learning to fly drones and am at a point where I feel pretty comfortable with control sticks, the conventional way of flying. However, the new Parrot Bebop drone uses a mobile device for flight. It's a very differnt experiece. The interface looks like this on the screen of the iPhone I use. The camera of the drone is visible as the background, with the controls overlaid onto it, from which you can control flight and camera.

So, after spending a few flights practicing, including some quite hair raising moments, here you have my first effort at shooting a dronie.  One of the tricky things about the dronie is that controls are back to front, but this the first time I tried to think about film making while flying, which feels like a big step. Next is to choreograph an actual story.

ps. A Dronie is the new Selfie :)

International Drones for Research Network

International Drones for Research Network

This week, I've launched the 'International Drones for Research Network', an initiative that emerges from my thoughts around Project Daedalus, but also from the many conversations I have had with colleagues over the year about the utilization of drones for a whole range of research projects. Personally, I am curious to learn about new projects and want to share experiences and knowledge about how drones are developing and how they might be used. The network starts of as an email group, we will see where it goes from there.

Project Daedalus Lab

Project Daedalus Lab

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This week, the crew from Marshmallow Laser Feast came up to Manchester for the first of our lab events. Conversations focused on the scope of Project Daedalus, and a whole lot of playing with new tech, like Google Glass, Oculus Rift, Quadcopters, and Google Cardboard to explore fist person view perspectives on drone cameras. Here's a brief overview of some of the highlights: The wonderful Museum of Science and Industry was our creative platform for the three days...

Our amazing venue for #projectdaedalus lab s @voiceofmosi an inspiring place to work!

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Glass vs Cardboard #Google

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The beauty of drone films at human eye level #projectdaedalus

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This is work, honest! Testing FPV with drones. Manual mode @marshmallowlf @andfestival

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