DJI Phantom 2 first flight with camera

One of my first flights with my new quadcopter, and the first flight with camera.

Filmed at a closed down factory area (Klosterøya) in my home town Skien in Norway. The area is now being transformed to a residential area and you can see the construction works.

It is filmed with a GoPro Hero3+ attached to a DJI Phantom 2 with Zenmuse H3-3D gimbal.

I am testing the maneuverability of the quadcopter. At the end of the film I’m trying to descend fast, but the quad starts wobbling out of control and I lost nearly all lift. The gimbal came out of it’s dampeners, but luckily the only damage was one chipped propeller.

UPDATE: Thanks to the great guys at PhantomPilots.com I probably found the cause of the crash. It’s called VRS and works kinda like an infinite loop or feedback on you lift. By descending too fast the down wind feeds back to the top of the rotor and generates a vortex wind that make you loose your lift. To avoid this it is a good idea to descend with a head speed towards the wind. If you have to descend vertically it should be done very slowly. If the VRS does become a reality then try to move towards the wind to free yourself from the vortex.

(Click on the “YouTube” logo to see the video in a higher resolution)

 

Google to use your face for promotion

Have you noticed Google telling that they will change their user agreement as of November 11th? One of the changes will allow them to use your face (Google+ avatar) to promote stuff.

We want to give you – and your friends and connections – the most useful information. Recommendations from people you know can really help. So your friends, family and others may see your Profile name and photo, and content like the reviews you share or the ads you +1’d. This only happens when you take an action (things like +1’ing, commenting or following) – and the only people who see it are the people you’ve chosen to share that content with.

If you don’t like to have your face pop up as a promotion for a restaurant or some gadget shop you might want to opt out of this. It can luckily done pretty easily here [https://plus.google.com/settings/endorsements]. Make sure the check box is unchecked.

MIT Scientists Create Modular Robot Blocks That Can Self-Assemble & Reconfigure

MIT Scientists Create Modular Robot Blocks That Can Self-Assemble & Reconfigure | TechCrunch. Quite awesome if it was just nano sized. One step closer to the T-1000 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-1000].

 

 

 

SMS Authenticate Your Guest Wi-Fi Utilizing Sophos UTM – Part 3

Video with description of my public wi-fi setup with SMS authentication.

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SMS Authenticate Your Guest Wi-Fi Utilizing Sophos UTM – Part 2

Video demonstration of my public wi-fi setup with SMS authentication.

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SMS Authenticate Your Guest Wi-Fi Utilizing Sophos UTM

In this series I will show you how I have set up a system that authenticate users on a public guest WLAN with SMS codes. It is not limited to WLAN, it can be set up with any network controlled by the Sophos UTM with Web Protection.

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Pebble watch

Pebble watch

My newest gadget is the Pebble watch, in the picture set up with the Glance app. I haven’t been wearing a watch for 10 years, but after I got a galaxy note about a year and a half ago taking the phone out of the pocket to check the time have been a bit more exhausting. So when the wrist watches start to become smart I just had to get one.

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Business Directory Scam

Not really my area here, but as yet another one dumps into my p.o.box I would like to give a heads up to anyone that haven’t experienced this before.

You get a nice physical letter in the mailbox asking you to go through your business listing at their directory service. Or they call you and just want to “confirm” that you would like to renew your directory listing. The company name is probably going to be something like “The Yello Page Inc.” or some other generic name sounding like some well known real directory listing.

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Sophos EMEA Partner Connections 2013 in Athens

Got an invite to the Sophos EMEA Partner Connections 2013 in Athens 14.-16. of May through my employer :-)

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