Drone…What Drone

Good morning everyone!

My wife and I are about to be celebrating our very first wedding anniversary this May. She is an avid photographer and wanted to add a new element to her work. Being the guy I am I bought her the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced drone. The drone shoots 2.7K  video, 12 megapixel still shots, and has a 3-axis stabilization gimbal for you fellow nerds out there. We (mostly me) had about the worst time setting it all up and upgrading the firmware. I will put the link to my struggles upgrading the RC firmware here: Drone Mishaps

Once we had everything upgraded we were ready to fly this thing! We took it outside, calibrated the compass and the drone itself. Everything seemingly was in working order, until we turned it all on. In this sequence, we turned on the RC–> drone–> DJIGO app, and everything was great, until we took it off the ground. Once it left the crust of the earth we lost all live video transmission and GPS signal. We later, (days later, yesterday in fact) determined that it was either an issue with my wife’s Apple cable, or her iPhone that it didn’t like. We got it all working last night with the Android cable that it came with and my Galaxy S4.

We practiced piloting the craft, taking videos, and still shots. It is absolutely amazing! The quality is top notch and we can’t wait to see it in action during a photo shoot or wedding. I personally would like to persuade my wife to take a few landscape videos of our local dam. When we get things moving I will be sure to post links to videos or pictures right to my blog for everyone.

On another nerd note, I woke up to a missed call that came in at 1:30am from work. Our inventory carousel was not working and wouldn’t log into the domain. We are currently in the process of replacing the current PC with a new one and somebody……..accidentally used the same computer name when setting up the new one thus creating a conflict. We won’t name any names but it may or may not have been me. So this whole morning they have been down there manually picking items and dealing with it like the troopers they are. As of now everything is back in full working order, but that has been a valuable lesson learned. It was something I knew about but slipped my mind at the time.

I hope you all have a wonderful day, and I’m sure we will meet again soon!


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