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Are you having trouble falling asleep during conversations?

Are you in a disco, finding in hard to focus on computer programming?

I have a solution for you! just pop one of these babies in. http://lesh.sysphere.org/dump/weirdforest.mp3

Its a sound that I made that I play when I need to focus and zone out. It has some rain, weird thunder, owls, someone shuffling sticks around and everybody's favorite - whale noises.

I guess it will sound a bit ominous at first but it grows on you.

Tue Nov 08 2016 17:58:48 GMT+0100 (CET), 11 months ago

people often ask me why I own a drone, what is it for, and then half of the time they say that I could use it to record weddings and get some cash flowin'

If mention of recording weddings doesn't kill all my will for conversation, I'll say drones are so simple to make these days that I find it hard to justify not owning one. also, at the time there is no regulation and no one ever counts on you owning a flying robot, so its a sweet spot to own one. a drone is a flying sidekick, it can, in theory, do whatever a flying sidekick can do. it can enter through windows and steal jewlery with its tiny robot hands. Sounds ridicilous but technically it is not hard to do. In the following years we'll have to rethink space and what can be done, and before that happens, I get to be a kind of a superhero.

today, drones are very primitive. I'll fix some parts that I care about. and if I make anything useful, Im guessing drone related kickstarter projects would be welcome.

a few ideas,

  • work on being more autonomus, gesture recognition, landing on backpack, automatic charging, simple commands like follow me, land and observe, and such
  • picking up bread in the morning
  • ground locomotion, wheels or legs!
  • stringing a rope somewhere high or for a tyrolean traverse - I can be a very slow batman and I always wanted to string a hammock up between two buildings.
  • guarding a camp spot and scarring bears away
  • looking for people
  • planting and picking up sensors
  • security? (I'm terrified of security robots working against me, I'm excited about security robots working for me - maybe I won't touch this.)
  • obvious things like scouting or mapping, it would be nice to have something that creates a google maps or openstreetmap layer as it flyes around, and it shouldn't be too hard to implement, in theory :)

few concrete things to work on, sorted by priority

  • integrate a real computer (starting with beaglebone in my case, will need to reverse and implement sbus and naza CAN bus protocols)
  • long range modem - something like xbee xtend and/or sim cards for control over gsm
  • transport layer supporting multiple communication channels with automatic fallbacks (sim cards are long range but not reliable)
  • some kind of distance sensors for autonomy - lidar, laser range finders, SLAM?
  • alternative controler - I want to use my cellphone, potentially with a ps controler or something, not a gigant RC
  • even more alternative controler and more autonomy - myo or some other kind of gesture sensing/voice recognition/etc
  • automatic folding, automatic landing and takeoff from a backpack
  • means of ground locomotion - legs! (half of legs would already be done by autofolding system)
  • some computer vision - detection of people, optical flow sensing
  • drawing grafiti on really strange places (half of this is done by optical flow sensing)
  • automatic landing and takeoff beacons (IR?)
  • beacons and universal handles for picking up and dropping things off
  • landing pad with automatic charging station and an automatic cover - could be mounted on a car? could be used as a backpack?

this is a lot of work, but none of it is far fetched and all of this will be done soon, if not by me, then by someone else

if you care about this project, you can follow it at http://lesh.sysphere.org/tagcloud/personal_drone rss @ http://lesh.sysphere.org/tagcloud/personal_drone/rss.xml

Sat Sep 27 2014 22:06:41 GMT+0200 (CEST), 36 months ago

We've discovered a strange man made island while looking at satelite images of cebu bay 10.284983,123.902841

I'm publishing this information as the last info I could find online was a few years old and we didn't know what to expect.. This is what we knew,

Formerly a Fuel Depot of Shell Pilipinas. It was return to the government in 1990's. There was some Human Rights issues raised after the government took control because it was made as a "temporary housing" facility for known petty criminals one week before a Sinulog Festival. They were herded and housed for two weeks or during the duration of the festival.. a free board and lodging..

We approached the island from mactan side in a small kayak, we had 5 km to pass through a strange shallow shrubberish water, I'd recommend approaching from cebu side which is cleaner and is only 1 km away from the island. Some people live there, they were not particulary happy or sad to see us, they've built a small duck farm in one of the buildings and a few dogs are roaming around. Industry on the island has been entirely stripped down, a few buildings are still standing and the most interesting thing is a half sunken 15m-ish boat in what remains of the port.

more photos and uer.ca location link

Thu Feb 13 2014 01:25:12 GMT+0100 (CET), 43 months ago

So, we'd like to carry a boat for going down rivers and exploring curious things on water, while being self sufficient with food and camping equipment. Giving up on the boat and building bamboo rafts was one of the propositions:) We ended up buying a small 12kg inflatible kayak that packs in a 60L backpack,

I've discovered today that we are completely defeated by this awesome guy 200 years ago.

1840s, Peter Halkett Invented an unusual boat.

Halkett had long been interested in the difficulties of travelling in the Canadian Arctic, and the problems involved in designing boats light enough to be carried over arduous terrain, but robust enough to be used in extreme weather conditions. the hull of the boat could be worn as a cloak, the oar used as a walking stick, and the sail as an umbrella

Spurred on by the successful testing of the boat-cloak, Halkett designed a larger version that folded into a knapsack. When inflated, it could carry two men, operating a paddle on each side, and when deflated served as a waterproof blanket to allow the users to camp on wet ground Although the Admiralty saw no use to which Halkett's designs could be put in general naval service, this larger design was extremely well received by explorers


Wed Feb 05 2014 09:08:56 GMT+0100 (CET), 43 months ago