Re: Flying things with the interwebs
@Broadway0474- Well, I'm sure that is in the eye of the beholder. But what he was getting at is that the military isn't trying to do what they're doing. He can build a drone which is essentially autonomous. He showed off some prety amazing camera skills of the drone. One that was cool was a "follow me mode." You launch the drone and and it tracks you where you go (via your phone) and always keeps you in the middle of a camera shot. But i changes angles and altitude to get the best shot. He said it was essentially Spielberg in a drone.
At any rate, what Chris was getting at is that the military has pilots. It has mechanics. It can afford to make them less autonomous. It can afford to make them less durable.He said, "mine are more sophisticated because my customers are less sophisticated."
That said, I'm sure there are all sorts of "stealth drones" or whatever that would be more sophisticated in some ways.
But his drones are being used in Syria to deliver humanitarian aid in a war zone, and they know how to self-destruct if a bad guy gets a hold of it, so we're not talking just a toy here. This is something that knows how to work alone, without a pilot, in a war zone.
You can decide based on your own definition of "sophisticated." But I'd say they are certainly impressive for something that is built for a tiny fraction ($700-$5000) of the cost of a military drone (sometimes in the millions).