This is not about Parrot or DJI drones.
This is about those flying multi-rotors that do 75* mph with a LCD strapped to your face, requiring precision flying skills as well as some soldering skills.
WARNING: serious addiction to a potentially expensive** hobby could occur as a result of attending this session.
In less than 45 minutes learn how to get a quad in the sky and immediately crashing it.
Topics we will cover:
The core acronyms and terminology of this hobby
The composition of a quadcopter
Where to get parts (cheap)
Flight Controller software options
Radios, frequencies, ranges, antennas, and other wireless stuff
The crazy fun stuff: FPV cameras, goggles, racing
A shopping list (or christmas wish list)***
Resources for building, flying and racing
How to not ruin this hobby for the rest of us
I will be bringing some fully-loaded quads, a radio and goggles for show-n-tell.****
* 75 is kind of the extreme ... 30mph is a more realistic speed.
** "Expensive" is of course relative. FPV flying machines can be thoroughly enjoyed for as little as $200. Of course, spending $2000 is a legitimate concern if you're not careful.
*** Suggestions on how to achieve "significant-other approval" for yet another hobby will not be covered. You're on your own. Good luck.
**** We will NOT be flying / crashing the quads at Best Buy. These are not toys and I have the scars to prove it. Plus our awesome government is kind of being a d*** about where we can fly these kick-a** vehicles and this is not the time / place for a protest.
I'm open to co-presenters!!! I am by no means an expert in this hobby and would welcome some more knowledge up on stage! DM me on Twitter: @Netizen01
Joel Stewart is currently contracting his Engineering services out in the Twin Cities.
He's worked in the Games Industry and Startups in Minnesota for 10 years.