CyPhy LVL 1 Drone

2015-06-15 01:07:04 -0400

I backed the CyPhy LVL 1 Drone with 9 days to go. This led to me thinking a little about my overall kickstarter backing (138 projects in, this was a bit of long-overdue mindfulness.)

Too Many Kicks

I'd been stalling on it for a variety of reasons:

New (personal) rules for backing kickstarters

I finally concluded that I could self-justify a lot better with a few constraints:

The CyPhy Drone itself

Given all that, why am I getting a LVL 1?

I'm hoping to see what kind of model building is practical to do based on taking the video stream and doing pose-recovery and then modeling and texture-mapping; I'm not actually looking for an architectural model, but enough of a model to "look good in 3d" and maybe to calculate sunlight exposure of different parts of the yard in order to plant more flowers.

I also know more about drones at this point, so it's a more informed choice than the original Parrot was.

(3 days to go, and they've got almost 3x the original funding target...)