Is "Vermont" Another Name For Bed-Stuy?
A dad in Vermont has taken helicopter parenting to an unbelievable level of absurdity by creating a drone to follow and video his kid on the way to the school bus. Mike Flacy writes at Digital Trends:
Covered in extensive detail on the IEEE Spectrum magazine site, a father names Paul Wallich in Vermont decided to build a camera-equipped quadcopter to follow his son from home to the school bus stop. He specifically wanted to build the security device for extremely cold mornings in December and January in order to avoid the quarter-mile walk to and from the bus stop. To get started, he first purchased a basic quadcopter kit and was quickly able to get up in the air due to the simple construction. He also designed a few sets of replacement legs out of foam board to cushion landings.
...While the software controlling the quadcopter can be programmed to travel a specific set of coordinates, Wallich needed to come up with a solution that would work with the varied path his son took each day on the way to the school bus stop. In order to accomplish this, he created a small GPS beacon powered by a coin-cell battery that lasts up to a week. This beacon was placed within his son's backpack and the quadcopter was programmed to stay a specific distance from the beacon.
According to Wallich, he ran into issues with wind as well as obstacles in the path such as branches on trees. In an interview with NBC News, Wallich stated "Vermont, as it turns out, is a really bad place for doing this kind of thing because you have hills and you have trees. Hills mean that the altitude control gets a lot more complicated and trees mean you have to do obstacle avoidance. If my kid is walking along the road and there is a branch overhanging the road, the quadcopter will gleefully run smack into it."
Imagine having no privacy whatsoever from Psycho Dad. Fun game: Find all the nanny-cams!
What's next, Rectal-Cam, and a "gleeful" how-to on that?