Lets face it: Helmet cam footage is booor-ing. The only way I'm using a go-pro is if they make a drone that will follow me around to document what a badass I am whether it be kayaking, skiing or making babies. I'll post that shit up on facebook for grandma to see, make 'er proud. (love you grandma)
This has nothing to do with scouting because we don't scout. We sack up and run that shit.
Your dream has come true. The Hexo+ drone will follow you automatically. It is all about you with this puppy!
I have seen the footage from them a ton now but experienced them in person for the first time today. Didn't realize they had such a high pitch whine when flying. Somebody was taking footage at the resort today while I was instructing students and I heard it fly by before I saw it. They guy had great control of it but what an annoying sound.
Videos taken with one of these have got to be easier to watch then those made with a head mounted GoPro.
Zano, Airdog and Nixie join Hexo+ as follow me "autonomous aerial camera drones" and are all covered at the CES show going on now, kickstarter, too, to follow you, video and flying autonomously, as you boat down Gore.
I am torn with this idea. I think the technology is amazing. We have to know how to use drones for all different types of activities. Amazon wants to use them for delivery purposes. I totally get that kind of an idea. I am not totally convinced that they should be used when out in the wilderness. The noise they make is super annoying. I would rather hear fingernails on a chalkboard. I go to the river for my solitude. I love hearing the organic noises and the also the sounds of my paddle in the water.
We as boaters have done fine with scouting over the last many years. I still think we will be fine in our endeavors without them for scouts.
Woke up this morning at 10:13.
A hole so big, it sucked the leaves off the tree.
If you have room on your raft to carry a drone, you aren't carrying enough beer.
This is true... Every individual item on board should be evaluated on its nautical merits vs its given weight in beer...
I don't think I would find much use for drones for regular river scouting. I do think they will enhance my armchair scouting though. I always check utube for any available videos of any rivers that are new to me that I am interested in running. The current ways of mounting cameras on folks and their boats leave a lot to be desired. Their perspectives are not always the best if your just chair scouting a new section.