Skydiving robot to capture video of skydivers


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2017/10/03/skydiving-robot-to-capture-vid.html


#2

I knew if I waited long enough this would be invented.


#3

Now, combined with the vertical wind tunnel free-fall simulator, and a suitable VR headset, we can have virtual skydiving in real time!


#4

When I went skydiving they deployed a human with a camera to get pictures. Not sure how this is an improvement on her.


#5

Pedantic nitpick, (non-orbital) skydiving isn’t free fall. Free fall is falling without resistance, including atmospheric resistance. I wouldn’t bother pointing it out, but the video is by engineers and I’m surprised they let that slide.

I wonder what the logistics of a skydiving stereoscopic 360 camera rig robot would be. I guess I’ll find out the next time James Cameron makes a movie.

BB8’s distant ancestor?

The robot can’t unionize?


#6

“AAAAAAAHHHHH!!”

“It seems that you are plummeting to your death. Would you like me to record a video message to send to your next of kin?”


#7

On the other hand - she could join me for a drink afterwards…


#8

Who says robots can’t drink?

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#9

Who says that’s what I was hoping for?


#10

Well, maybe this one can’t.


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#12

You grab on to the robot.


#13

How does this thing “land”?


#14

Damn, they’re going to have to be super careful programming this thing. Like, it has to be at least as reliable as a human skydiver - probably more so - because if it accidentally gets too close to someone, I can imagine some seriously bad outcomes.

Also, does this remind anyone else of JDAM?


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