People who know me best will tell you I am an unrepentant techno-geek. I pride myself on being able to fix almost anything I can put my hands on. This is something my dad encouraged from an early age, and Lord knows I destroyed lots of things in the early days.
Now that I have something resembling “disposable income”, I have invested in a DJI Phantom 4. My previous drone was a Phantom 3 Professional. Both have 4K cameras and flying times/distances. The primary difference (besides the price) is the number and capability of sensors on the Phantom 4. It can avoid obstacles automatically. It can be put into a mode where a particular object or person is tracked. It has a “follow me” mode. It can be programmed to execute a predetermined flight route. In short, it is awesome.
Here is a short video from the airspace above Casa de Portell:
Yes, I crashed it into my guesthouse roof the day I brought it home. I’m stupid like that. Nevertheless, eggs were broken, and omelets made.
For now, it is only a hobby. In the future, I intend to use off-the-shelf components and my TIG welder to make a larger capacity octo-copter that can carry a payload. Also, because I have my Extra Class amateur radio license from the FCC, I am already designing a better antenna array with a two axis UHF Yagi array on the shop to boost control reception/transmission without increasing–beyond legal limits–the output of the remote controller.
Perhaps sometime down-the-road, I will outline some ideas for off-the-shelf security devices that track infrared outlines and trigger automated responses (alarms, lights, etc.). The technology to track objects is becoming ubiquitous.