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Posted by BD Murdock | Jan 24, 2013 @ 09:14 AM | 8,143 Views
I know the Terminator movies were just movies but history teaches us that where we imagine, we go. Modern day technology, what 'they' let us see of it anyway, is only the product of science fiction from years ago. Of course for something like 'Skynet' to happen, self awareness by an artificial intelligence would be required and then it would have to see humankind as a problem, threat etc.

The daily advances in robotics that are being made around the world are impossible to keep track of. Spend 10 - 15 minutes looking at the stuff DARPA is showing off. And as previously stated, this is what 'they' let us see.

DARPA - AlphaDog Legged Squad Support System (LS3) Field Testing [720p] (1 min 30 sec)


I'm not paranoid or scared...but I can only imagine a few 'incidents' down the road.

Also keep in mind with very tiny exception we have no idea what other governments are funding.
Posted by BD Murdock | Jan 20, 2013 @ 09:26 PM | 7,301 Views
I really like indoors flying with my 202, my QRLB, and yes even my 929. I think when you get to the point that you can fly a quad the size of the 929 and smaller inside, you'll have very little difficulty doing the same, better & more outside.

I have two rooms that I fly in inside...my living room which is approx. 8' x 14' x 24' and a spare room in my basement that's about 7' x 10' x 12'. What I believe flying in rooms this size does for you is worth it's weight in gold because it's as if your skills are under a microscope due to size of airspace and ground effects / propwash. You'll have to deal with flight anamolies that will simply disappear when you move outside. You trim your quad or heli for absolute best inside flight possible and then when you move outside all of those tiny adjustments and trims and tweeks just melt away...they just don't matter anymore and because you've honed your skills inside they are now that much better outside.

Take it from a guy that's burned hundreds of batteries inside...get good in an inside room then move outside...you'll be very happy with the results.