Tuesday Views: 22 February 2022

Weather – Verticals Youth Empowerment Center Update! – Hot Cart Project Status: Delayed

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Community Development

How It’s Going: Update

Verticals is a local community development center that hopes to energize Brownsville’s future with after-school programs that enrich young lives and provide a sense of pride in community. A link to the group is provided. I signed on as a drone coach and kicked them some material for training modules. I was going to teach kids how to fly recreational drones, get the manadatory – and EASY -TRUST flyer certificate from the FAA, online, for free, and then get down to business. I was going to teach them how to make a video with a drone. We would go over flight plans, cinematography, operations, editing, and then presentation. This module was planned to integrate seamlessly within a larger ecosystem of courses in technology applications, physical well-being, and business development. These are hands-on tangible experiences.

Topics in the Verticals Youth Empowerment program include artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, drones, digital fabrication, coding, media production, design studio, blockchain, and crypto. They are presented alongside fitness and wellness resources. Verticals Youth Empowerment Center is designed to stimulate young minds, give parents an inclusive environment in which to socialize, and to offer youth a sense of pride in themselves and their community.

My involvement in the program is a six-week schedule where I teach a class for an hour every Wednesday. I hope to provide material to be used at other Verticals locations.

Hot Cat Project – on backburner due to other projects

Back to the camera. What a cool find. I will go back and get the information about the manufacturer. I helped kickstart this. Hope it works. SDK is smooth so far, onward. I am doing all of this to learn about entangled qubits, for reasons.

open mv camera hardware

Hot Cat Project

In Figure 1, we have the board, and below the guts, l-r, wr have the left side, the right side, detail lower right, detail upper left. The back of the camera is a screen. I need a 3″ x 5″ mounting frame. I am going to design and print a simple case for it later or sooner, probably later. The camera will mount a tripod, as is tradition.

Open MV Camera details
Figure 1. Open MV Camera without FLIR Lepton
QR to demo video for Open MV Pure Thermal
QR to demo video

Flying in February

I have logged about an hour of flight in the past two weeks. My drone has a new intelligent flight program called key frames. A key frame is a bookmark in a video. In my Skydio 2, the key frames are marked at positioning coordinates involving the relative distances from one another, and the absolute home point for RTH. The positions also include a heading and camera’s point of interest, so I can automate points, but in a fluid and useful way. I can reverse the path. The camera orientation is locked into the key frames, so the pilot just monitors the drone while it remains focused on scenes.

I built key frames above a basketball court, a baseball diamond, and a parking lot. I also filmed in winds high enough to elicit a warning from the UAS at another location, earlier that day, and the auto landing function was useless because the wind was blowing my case a bit. I was filming a tall concrete overpass and pylons across a river. Hoping to catch a passing train or ferry. The wind was clawing at my drone, so I brought it in.

Here is a clip of flights on President’s Day.

BASD Key frames
E Carson Street alleyway
Brownsville Area School District at 5 pm, 02/21/2022
Denbo Overpass

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I became a drone technology service integration researcher in 2017 while in university. When I am not working on drones, I am researching related scientific reports and industry news, flying drones, or tinkering with electronics. Contact me for information about services.

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