Drones allow an extension of the human eye from a unique perspective from a controlled camera flight. This referral offers analysis of the bridge between technology and human capacity. I want to explore the nature of the drones lens in cybernetic comparison to the eye, as well as FPV (first Person View) as the entry into intentional narratives drawn by their development. Almost think of the view from a drone as if the operator were inside the drone when thinking FPV flight.
The drone industry started with a public perception of fear and lead to anxieties about military and surveillance use that ultimately restricted policy towards the potential for expansion. 3D Robotics CEO has detailed the rising of a small online community “Small UAV Coalition” that according to their website aims to challenge current legislation that restricts the development for enthusiasts to suit their drone needs. They’ve impressively gained the support and representation from Amazon Prime Air, DJI, Google[x], GoPro, Parrot, and 3DR
He details how drones have taken a dramatic shift in the last 3 years in terms of their trajectory and narrative. Chris hopes that in 5 years the intentional narratives of drones will be predominately commercial. The idea that agriculture, delivery, humanitarian and construction will be required to have a drone on site to keep ahead of the advancing fields. Personally, these small communities such as “Small UAV coalition” are major steps in the development of my own expertise with events such as Hackergong gaining attention and interest from a wider community that expand the idea of mods to drone applications.
FPV flight falls under this threat, as the current restrictions on goggles don’t allow the entertainments such as FPV racing or even controlled flights with the technology in Australia. Communities are realising their strength in numbers however getting around the regulations with the terminology of their practices.
The development of DJI’s Phantom 4 “sports mode” is in my opinion the showcase of the rapid development from the drone being a military class to consumer by allowing users to have more freedom with the control and almost being a direct link into FPV flight with the monitor, and hopefully later the goggles.