Engineering students from the University of Victoria designed this garden gnome drone prototype to scare off garden pests including deer. via gardengnomedrone
The Garden Gnome Drone is a modified Parrot AR.Drone 1.0 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The drone combines a variety of technologies in order to launch, fly, and charge autonomously. Due to its noise and size, it is able to scare off most garden pests, including deer and unsuspecting humans.
Materials: carbon fiber tubes, PA66 plastics
Motors: four, 35 000 rpm, brushless
Top speed: 18 km/h
Optics: front and bottom facing VGA cameras
Guidance systems: accelerometer, gyrometer, ultrasound, altimeter
Embedded computer system: ARM9 468MHz processor
Communications: Wi-Fi b/g
Battery: 1000mAh Lithium Polymer, 15 minutes flying time per 90 minute charge
Technology: infrared motion detection
Range: up to 7 meters, 140 degrees vertical/horizontal coverage
Microcontroller: Arduino Pro Mini, USB interface
Materials: plywood, copper contacts
Charger: Li-Po cell balancer
Programming language: C++
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