7 responses

  1. Robert Schreib
    March 30, 2013

    ?? Couldn’t they simply equip a small blimp with a smartphone camera and have it fly and hover over the golfers SILENTLY?

    • arpad
      March 31, 2013

      Only if there’s no wind. Any breeze will move a lighter-then-air craft. Then they’ve either got to be tethered or they’ve got to have motors. There goes your SILENTLY.

      And tethers aren’t without problems either. They have weight which means the blimp has to lift the tethers meaning it’s got to be bigger and more expensive.

      This article doesn’t get into various sound-reduction ideas since, being pretty new on the scene, multi-rotors haven’t been pushed in the direction of stealthiness. At least not in the civilian sector. What DARPA’s doing is, of course, anyone’s guess.

  2. failcake
    March 30, 2013

    Who else read “gophers” and is disappointed?

    • markharrison
      March 31, 2013

      @failcake,

      I had the same disappointment :-)

      Though I think ‘golphers’ was a great word while it lasted.

  3. vmagna
    March 31, 2013

    I see the next use as these drones follow the ball up close with camera after its hit

  4. Even Steven
    April 7, 2013

    Damn thing is so noisy I see hackers devising ways to make it fall out of the sky without a trace of evidence pointing to the perp. Matter of fact, I might be one of them.

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