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jst5150
05-07-2008, 10:43 PM
From Popular Science. The Flickr site is fantastic and a wealth of images:
A University of California at Berkeley professor of architecture professor by day, Benton’s Kite Aerial Photograph Collective (http://arch.ced.berkeley.edu/kap/kaptoc.html) was featured on the cover of MAKE’s first issue (http://makezine.com/01/)—and has been growing ever since. You (and maybe the U.S. military (http://www.popularmechanics.com/search/pm/do/keywordSearch/searchString/UAV)) would like to think his team’s contraptions are surveillance UAVs available on the cheap, but they’re really nothing more than cameras and remote-control circuitry rigged to drug-store frame kites. While trying to bring down costs for the increasingly popular hobby and spreading its appeal on photo sites like Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/groups/kiteaerialphotography/), they’ve developed a stable of stock photos, some real-time video and an army of micro-controllers to keep these snap-happy drones from dying a quick death. “It keeps taking pictures until the battery’s dead or your card’s full,” says photographer Ben Peoples. “And it’s a whole lot cheaper than renting a helicopter.”