Jan 29, 2013

OpenPilot: A Next-Gen Open Source Autopilot Approach to Aerial Videography

I recently learned about OpenPilot, an open-source project that promotes the development of economical unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs.  

According to information on the website, "OpenPilot is an ideal platform for researchers and hobbyists working on aerial robotics or other mobile vehicular platforms where stabilization and guidance are required. OpenPilot brings the cost down to reasonable prices so people can focus on developing and refining applications rather than paying the extremely high prices of most commercial offerings, or having to do ‘from the ground up’ hardware development."

A number of OpenPilot community members have used their UAVs to explore interesting landscapes and at the same time, create engaging video clips.  Wouldn't it be fantastic to figure out how to get a 3D or 360 camera in a UAV?  

Below is an assortment of videos I came across while visiting the OpenPilot website. (I've also included some videos that were created using YellowBird 360 technology, which to my knowledge, has not been attempted with a UAV.)

OpenPilot Revolution Trailer from OpenPilot on Vimeo.

I think that the UAV concept would be great for an after-school technology club. It similar to robotics, but it also would get the kids outdoors.   It would provide a great experience for students who are also interested in photography and videography. 

OpenPilot Website
OpenPilot Wiki

Here are some examples of YellowBird 360 videos: 
Interactive YellowBird 360 Video for KIA ceed

Behind the Scenes - Mont Blanc 360º shoot from yellowBird on Vimeo.

YellowBird 360 Interaction with Kinect

yellowBird 360º video player - KINECT from yellowBird on Vimeo.

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