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So You Lost Your Drone Again?

This post is the latest in the Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series which profiles interesting information, thoughts and research into using  drones, UAVs or remotely piloted vehicles for journalism and photography, that Kike learns about during his travels. 

Stick TrackR. Photo by KIKE CALVO
Stick TrackR can help UAV pilots locate fly-aways. Photo @ KIKE CALVO

One of the most shocking experiences for a pilot of Small Unmanned Vehicles is to face a fly-away. Whatever the reason, your fault or a technical failure, your precious investment simply flies away like leafs pushed by the wind. But fear no more, your prayers may have been heard. And this is good news not only for UAV enthusiasts but for anyone with an item that could be stolen, lost or misplaced.

StickR TrackR is a small, coin-sized device that easily attaches to your valuable items. With the TrackR app, you can locate any lost or misplaced item in seconds by ringing your missing keys, using TrackR’s Distance Indicator.  It works both on iPhone and Android. After you download the application,  it uses Bluetooth in what the company calls Crowd Source Tracking.  “When an item goes missing with a TrackR device attached, all TrackR enabled phones will begin to search for that item,” says the company, TrackR . “When another user comes nearby the lost item, that user’s phone will anonymously ping our server to update the items owner with new GPS coordinates of when & where it was last seen.”

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Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition Jungle

Parrot MiniDrone Rolling Spider 

Nano QX BNF

Walkera QR LadyBird V2 Mini

Hubsan SpyHawk FPV RC Plane 

Badboy Quadcopter With Camera

The New Hubsan X4 H107L 

MaxSale Hubsan X4 H107C 2.4G 4CH RC Quadcopter With Camera Mode 2 RTF

Award-winning photographer, journalist, and author Kike Calvo (pronounced key-keh) specializes in culture and environment. He has been on assignment in more than 90 countries, working on stories ranging from belugas in the Arctic to traditional Hmong costumes in Laos. Kike is pioneering in using small unmanned aerial systems to produce aerial photography as art, and as a tool for research and conservation. He is also known for his iconic photographic project, World of Dances, on the intersection of dance, nature, and architecture. His work has been published in National Geographic, New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair, among others. Kike teaches photography workshops and has been a guest lecturer at leading institutions like the School of Visual Arts and Yale University. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic blog Voices. He has authored nine books, including Drones for Conservation; So You Want to Create Maps Using Drones?; Staten Island: A Visual Journey to the Lighthouse at the End of the World; and Habitats, with forewords by David Doubilet and Jean-Michel Cousteau. Kike’s images have been exhibited around the world, and are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection. Kike was born in Spain and is based in New York. When he is not on assignment, he is making gazpacho following his grandmother’s Andalusian recipe. You can travel to Colombia with Kike: www.colombiaphotoexpeditions.com

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