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    I just had a dream of making a laser show with a fleet of quadcopter stability drones moving XYZ mirror positions in sync. Then use wireless sync of mirror positions to beam positions for many complex arrangements and movements beyond the galvo's capability...

    Of course many safety considerations are necessary such as only firing the beam to the mirror when the quadcopter position is confirmed a safe angle. Much hardware and software checks and programming around safety would be necessary. Then of course put this in a big room and close the door with the camera in it until its proved safe enough for human eyes..

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    Sweet find Steve!!!
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    Great idea! Can you imagine a truss-less, wireless stage lighting rig composed of dozens of quadcopters with mirrors? Back in the seventies, The Who looked into using a military transport helicopter with enough onboard generators to power a Spectra Physics 921 or at least a 171 argon laser with cooling system, to be able to fly a giant cone or pyramid over a stadium audience. And they weren't kidding. Today, even a hobbyist could almost pull something like that off if he or she had a quadcopter that could lift a battery powered laser projector with scanners. Maybe someone has already done it? Deploy dozens of these over an audience.

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    SEE!!! And frickin' buffo innocently says to me, "You won't spend more than $250 to get into this quadcopter hobby".
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    I would keep the projectors grounded since they can fire beams to quadcopter's mirror position from static projector positions while creating other nice effects and only move the quadcopters... The beams would likely be more stable and it would be much more safe as well... don't like the idea of flying high-powered laser projectors for many reasons, though it would be something else... I would guess that's way beyond the physical capabilities of a quadcopter, though there are small battery powered projectors that could likely be lifted (just not held completely still ever). Just seems easier to shoot a stable beam to a momentary/moving mirror position than stabilize a projector position for a long duration... baby steps...

    maybe one day...

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    Great idea! Can you imagine a truss-less, wireless stage lighting rig composed of dozens of quadcopters with mirrors? Back in the seventies, The Who looked into using a military transport helicopter with enough onboard generators to power a Spectra Physics 921 or at least a 171 argon laser with cooling system, to be able to fly a giant cone or pyramid over a stadium audience. And they weren't kidding. Today, even a hobbyist could almost pull something like that off if he or she had a quadcopter that could lift a battery powered laser projector with scanners. Maybe someone has already done it? Deploy dozens of these over an audience.

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    +1 ClubSelem 2015!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bradfo69 View Post
    SEE!!! And frickin' buffo innocently says to me, "You won't spend more than $250 to get into this quadcopter hobby".
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    I want to build/design the software controls, wish I could make a Beyond add-in module to manipulate zones and beam positions from quadcopter positional data...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bradfo69 View Post
    SEE!!! And frickin' buffo innocently says to me, "You won't spend more than $250 to get into this quadcopter hobby".
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    Quote Originally Posted by BradleyJay View Post
    I want to build/design the software controls, wish I could make a Beyond add-in module to manipulate zones and beam positions from quadcopter positional data...
    It's all about PIDs and diff-eq...

    Some more interesting videos showcasing some amazing autonomous skills:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CR5y8qZf0Y

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2itwFJCgFQ

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