Tiny-Copter to the Rescue!

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This man needs €100 (about $120) to design a series of robots that will help passengers during a plane crash. (And thus, by making flying safer, make people less afraid of flying.)

That sounds pretty futuristic. What kind of rescue can you do with a drone?

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Oh come on, I could barely carry all that myself. And you’re telling me that some drone is going to buzz around putting out fires and tossing ropes to passengers?

In fact, I’m not sure what the passengers are supposed to do with a rope once the robot gives it to them. When was the last time you read about someone surviving a plane-crash, but dieing afterwards because they didn’t have a rope?

Prototype

Kickstarter requires a prototype for all technology projects, so let’s take a moment to watch the video of this thing’s prototype.


Oh great. We’re saved. The robot will save us! It will save us with its cardboard cutout of a fire extinguisher!

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  • Jimmy Black

    His drone was only carrying a paper cutout of a fire extinguisher – and he crashed into and injured at least 4 passengers within 10 seconds of drone takeoff :)

    • KickFailure

      Yeah, but the “injuries” were all papercuts! :-)

  • neeneko

    so.. it is a first aid kit that can fly away in some random direction?

  • Brad Maxwell

    I was writing a fairly long post pointing out all the things he failed to take into consideration, the purpose of his 100 euro goal, the fact you can get a replica for 10 euros, etc. but I gave up. This thing is just pathetic, that’s all that needs to be said.

    He’s just trying to make money off his fucking quadcopter.

    • KickFailure

      I’ll bet he bought it specifically to make this video.

      He probably thought of it as an “investment.”

  • Andrea Luciano Damico

    I’ve been lurking your blog for a while and one thing I don’t really understand is “is this malice or just naivety?”
    This is an idea a five-year old would come up with, no way a grown-up would even think this (and other kickstarters you posted on here as well) would actually work.

    • http://rosalarian.com Rosalarian

      I can tell you, I know so many people who truly are deluded enough to make a ks like this in earnest, who actually think they’re making something great, who legitimately don’t understand why they aren’t more successful.

      • Andrea Luciano Damico

        Sigh…
        What a sad world we live in.

      • KickFailure

        I’m pretty sure @rosalarian:disqus has got it.

        These aren’t sophisticated attempts at con jobs. These are people who have lived very sheltered lives and don’t realize how much work is involved in making a real invention.

        He probably worked on this a few hours a day for a week or two, all told. In his mind, that’s a tremendous time investment.

        It doesn’t help that popular culture glorifies the “million dollar idea”, when in reality, ideas are dime-a-dozen. You’ll do far better with an average idea, and a lot of hard-work, research, and subject-matter expertise.

  • MadameMidlifeCrisis

    Can someone deploy a drone to clean my monitor? I giggle-spritzed it while watching the farcical prototype drone “save the day.” Perhaps if he’d used a decent drone, not one made with his kid brother’s K-nex & Legos, it would be stable enough to deliver some cyanide pills…