Parent Tweaks Quadcopter Drone to Follow His Son

Most parents opt for a low-tech way to walk their children to the bus stop every morning, but Paul Wallich decided to build a flying drone that followed his son on the 400-meter journey.

Using a quadcopter, Wallich was able to quickly add necessary components, including sensors, radios, and batteries. The original idea made use of RFID tags to track his son, but the power requirements proved to be too high. Instead, a GPS beacon was set up that allowed the quadcopter to maintain a fixed distance from the source.

After placing the GPS chip in his son’s backpack and attaching a smartphone to the quadcopter for video pictures, Wallich was up and running. The creator says there’s still room for improvement in the design: the small and light drone has difficulty flying in windy conditions, and can only carry enough battery power for a return trip. Wallich is confident that further improvements can be made to the quadcopter, but he’s already raised the bar in the world of parental supervision.

This is video surveillance taken to a whole new level!

Steve Anderson provides information to insurance agents about how they can use technology to increase revenue and/or reduce expenses. He speaks professionally to hundreds of agents each year on the future of technology, the social web, and how insurance agencies can establish their Internet presence.

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