Professional Surveyor Magazine has published an article on the TATTS project that showcases all the great things that the TATTS team accomplished this summer. It is written toward surveying and mapping professionals and includes some lessons learned that they can incorporate into their business as they consider using unmanned aerial systems (UAS) such as our hexarotor. You gotta love a bunch of kids teaching professionals how to leverage new technology...
I had the honor of keynoting at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's GIS Day on November 20th, 2013. GIS Day is an annual event held throughout the world to promote Geographic Information Systems and geographic awareness. This year's event was sponsored by the UW-Madison GeoSpatial Alliance, held at the UW's Institute for Science and Discovery, and attended by approximately 100-150 people from both the local area and other universities such as UW-Eau Claire.
My talk focused on the emerging marketing of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) of which the hexarotor we built is one type of UAS. The presentation was oriented toward professionals and collect students who utilize GIS technology for mapping and analysis. Many of them were students in environmental sciences, geography or related disciplines.
One primary aspect I focused on was what amazing things the TATTS team did throughout the summer of 2013. I used a handful of our videos and photomosaics to show what is possible. I was so pleased to see how engaged the audience was and impressed by what great things are possible by our kids!
The kids have learned to fly on a simulator, built the hexarotor from scratch and successfully flown almost a dozen missions. We've collected a great deal of experiences as well as lots of fantastic video. Our final step in the project was to make project videos. One aspect of that was to allow the kids to make their own movie from all the footage.
What kind of movie would you produce if you had 4 GB worth of video footage, several hundred still shots and dozens of songs? I can guarantee that each movie would be different. That's certainly the case with the movies that the kids produced. They are anywhere from 2-6 minutes each and have only tapped into a portion of all the great footage. I'd urge you to take the time to watch them.
What amazes me is some of the similarities and stark differences in what each of them produced. Most kids included the clips of crashing (lots of use of the term 'epic fail') and they all tended to include footage of themselves. Who wouldn't right?
Alan's Movie (blue shirt)
Kevin's Movie (bright blue t-shirt and glasses at @ 20 sec)
Harrison's Movie (red t-shirt @ 1:15)
Tate's Movie (walking with black t-shirt @ 42 sec)
The last phase of the TATTS Project is the creation of a video to tell the story of what the kids have done throughout this project. A parent suggestion early on was to also let the kids build their own video based on still photos and footage that we've accumulated over the past several months. Given that these kids are clearly tuned into the power of video, we decided that the suggestion was a great one. With that we decided to produce multiple videos; a series of child produced personal videos and one official version that will go out to all the participants and their parents as well as our KickStarter supports who donated $100 or more to the project.
As with all aspects of this project, once given some direction, the kids take the project where they want. It was enjoyable to see the kids laughing at videos of themselves from the air, marveling at the world from above and being creative with the video software. Here's a video synopsis of their work in the lab.
We are compiling the videos at present and will post them in the future.