What if you take the pilot out of the plane and give control to a wireless operator on the ground? Well, then you'd have a drone. But what if you put a human back in the drone? Well, then you still have a drone, because some guy on the ground is controlling the one-passenger dodecacopter. That's what's been achieved by a team at the National University of Singapore, who may have unwittingly ushered in a terrifying dystopia of ordering people to do your chores who are then flown back to the base like some sort of Amazon Mary Poppinses.
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BEHOLD! THE SNOWSTORM - Singapore's FIRST indoor personal flying machine! Designed and built by a team of NUS students, Snowstorm is an electric-powered aircraft capable of vertical take-off and landing that can be controlled by a pilot. This super cool project is part of FrogWorks, a collaboration between the NUS Faculty of Engineering's Design-Centric Programme and the NUS University Scholars Programme. Now your dreams of flight can become a reality… with your very own personal aircraft! Follow the SNOWSTORM project here, FW Air: Electric Aviation #NUSLife #NUSResearchPosted by National University of Singapore on Wednesday, December 2, 2015
But what if you gave the remote to the guy in the dodecacopter? HMMMM? What then? It's still a drone, because the pilot is still controlling it wirelessly, but they'll wish they weren't because they'll be terrified of dropping the remote the whole time.