Comments: Hackers In Residence - The Tethered Quad

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  • How utterly pointless. I really can’t think of anything decent to say of this - huge waste of time.

  • I’m unclear what the purpose of the project is? I mean, I am all for just doing “cool hacks”, but if someone were to want to build the project, it would be nice to know what its does. :)

    Is the idea to have a perpetual video feed above something/some place?

    30 feet and only 10 minutes on a tether, seems like batteries can meet or exceed that - wirelessly… further away…

    Please help me get my head around the project!

    • I was kind of thinking the same thing. I thought maybe the tether was going to be for control, and someone had written some cool control software for the PC or something, but to me, it seems they took a perfectly good wireless drone, and put a long battery cord on it, to make it less useful. I’d love to be shown why I’m wrong..

      Am I a “hacker” if I plug my electric car into a 50 mile extension cord, so that I can drive it all the way to work and still have a full charge?

  • Congratulations on that! But I think you have to keep in mind that the cable length is not the only variable you should take in account.. When the Ar.Drone lift the entire weight of the cable, you will need more power in those little motors and therefore will consume more power. The REAL measurement must be performed with all the cable weight ON the Ar.Drone itself. Marcelo

  • I can see uses for this — if you can get it nice and loooong…

    Have you considered overcoming the voltage drop by; a) upping the voltage that you’re sending b) using low voltage AC — Nicola Tesla found it was more efficient over long distances than DC


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