What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Unless it’s a Mr.-Toad’s-Wild-Ride-on-acid type of drone race captured via first-person-view video stream that’s set to a remix of Major Lazer and DJ Snake’s hit song “Lean On.” In that case, it’s posted to YouTube for everybody to watch.
Talk about a trip.
All the way back in 2015 we got a look at some “underground” first-person view (FPV) drone racing in Australia, as well as the National Drone Racing Championships that took place on U.S. soil (air?). It was quite an eye-opening experience, although some of us had to quickly close them back up to keep from barfing. That’s because FPV drone racing uses cameras mounted on competing drones to stream first-person video back to pilots on the ground, who are able to view the stream in real-time through VR-type goggles. Pilots are placed “inside” of the drones so they can experience the thrill of high-speed drone racing—and frequent drone crashing—for themselves.
Welcome to drone day on the Adafruit blog. Every Monday we deliver the latest news, products and more from the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), quadcopter and drone communities. Drones can be used for video & photography (dronies), civil applications, policing, farming, firefighting, military and non-military security work, such as surveillance of pipelines. Previous posts can be found via the #drone tag and our drone / UAV categories.
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