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Drone Flying at TechShop Detroit
Today (yesterday), I went on a field trip to see my buddy JP at TechShop, located just outside city limits in Allen Park, MI. He is currently working on a plastic prototype of something he’s designed using a 3-D printer. Very cool stuff. After getting a tour of the facility and meeting some of the staff and people building stuff; we proceeded to take JP’s new Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 out back and take it for a ‘spin’ (terrible pun).
For those of you wondering, TechShop is a company based out of Menlo Park, CA that currently has 6 locations throughout the United States. For a very low monthly or annual cost, members have virtually unlimited access to an abundance of tools, equipment, and software to build pretty much anything they can think up. Laser cutters, CNC machines, plastics and electronics labs, a machine shop, a wood shop, a metal working shop, a textiles department, 3-D printers, car lift, welding stations and a waterjet cutter are among the resources available to members. They literally have millions of dollars of equipment available. Parts and materials are of course purchased separately. They also have open access to design software and computers, featuring the entire Autodesk Design Suite and Adobe Creative Suite. Along with the equipment, they also offer several classes for very nominal additional fees. Its such a cool idea and a really great resource for people who want to build things. If it weren’t for places like these, innovation would cease to exist (or would occur at a much slower pace, at least). Having these kinds of resources available at your exposure enables you to pretty much build anything your mind can dream up.
Anyhow, this is one of two videos I shot of JP flying the Drone, which is controlled through an application on his iPhone. I got the chance to fly it and was amazed at how fast, agile, and controllable it was, especially considering its light weight (the body was primarily built out of styrofoam) and small size. Absolutely amazing stuff. For those interested in hearing more about TechShop, peruse their website at www.techshop.ws or check out ardrone2.parrot.com for more information about the drone featured in this video. The future is now!
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