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re: Duck! Low-flying pizza!
Rcurl   6/14/2013 10:04:05 PM
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What I find most interesting about these videos is what they DON'T show. The last couple of seconds of the Domino's video implies that you just reach out and grab your lunch from the midst if eight furiously-spinning razor-sharp propellers! Can you imagine how this might turn out? There's another way to look at this too- If you want a free Octocopter, just order pizza and have it sent to the vacant house down the street. Then as it comes down to deliver the payload, sneak up on it from behind and throw a blanket over it.

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re: Duck! Low-flying pizza!
antedeluvian   6/15/2013 4:13:13 PM
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Here's a quadcopter bike http://www.canadianmanufacturing.com/design-engineering/news/flying-bike-takes-off-in-prague-video-design-eng-106842?tmp=0&utm_source=DNG&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DNG-EN06142013&e=0z060wWrlxu0q82vM20

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re: Duck! Low-flying pizza!
Max The Magnificent   6/17/2013 8:01:02 PM
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Oooohhhhh Shiny!!! I want one -- but given a choice I think I'd stil lprefer the hover scooter http://www.programmableplanet.com/author.asp?section_id=1925&doc_id=249561

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re: Duck! Low-flying pizza!
antedeluvian   6/18/2013 5:53:03 PM
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I just got a renewal notice from my insurance company with an added exclusion for riding or operating a hovercraft. I wonder if your hover scooter would be excluded from the policy.

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re: Duck! Low-flying pizza!
Max The Magnificent   6/18/2013 7:02:09 PM
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It wouldn't matter -- they wouldn't be able to catch me :-)

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re: Duck! Low-flying pizza!
seaEE   6/16/2013 5:10:55 AM
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I hear a copter flying by and I smell pepperoni. Time for Operation Dark Raven. :)

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re: Duck! Low-flying pizza!
Max The Magnificent   6/17/2013 8:01:11 PM
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LOL

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re: Duck! Low-flying pizza!
DrQuine   6/16/2013 2:43:46 PM
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Our air control system has enough trouble managing the (relatively few) big airplanes on defined routes. Ubiquitous copters on random paths will be a nightmare. As these things become common and hobbyists adapt their own, we have the potential for small misguided devices to bring down hot air balloons and landing aircraft.

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re: Duck! Low-flying pizza!
kfield   7/30/2013 12:35:28 PM
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Thinking about a whole traffic jam of these copters flying around makes me think about the Bruce Willis movie The Fifth Element, where he was the a flying taxicab driver. Traffic management in 2 dimensions sounds like it would be a nightmare if the skies were crowded enough!

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re: Duck! Low-flying pizza!
IDontUseTheForumSoWhyAmIForc   6/17/2013 3:35:42 PM
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With the current rules limiting operation to line of sight, under 400 feet and non-commercial in nature this idea will never fly (pardon the pun).

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re: Duck! Low-flying pizza!
Max The Magnificent   6/17/2013 8:02:07 PM
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I think the current rules will be changing soon...

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re: Duck! Low-flying pizza!
Max The Magnificent   6/17/2013 8:03:38 PM
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I really am getting to the stage where I'd like to build a hexa-copter or octa-copter ... I want to mount a good digital camera to it and take interesting pictures ... any suggestions?

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re: Duck! Low-flying pizza!
ost0   6/22/2013 10:13:47 PM
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http://www.bitcraze.se/ But not for pizzas, maybe a slice of bread?

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re: Duck! Low-flying pizza!
Max The Magnificent   6/24/2013 8:16:58 PM
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LOL

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Cost of pizza triples?
kfield   6/30/2014 2:02:28 PM
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Would 3x the price be worth it to have pizza delivered by drone? As a spectacle, I think I'd be willing at least one. if the pizza were done to my specifications (crispy, almost burnt on top)

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Re: Cost of pizza triples?
Max The Magnificent   6/30/2014 2:08:40 PM
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@kfield: Would 3x the price be worth it to have pizza delivered by drone?

Where did you get the 3X price from? Home delivery is already pretty expensive as compared to picking the pizza up oneself -- we do it for the convenience. During rush hour it can take 40 mins or more for the pizza to arrive, and our house is only about 2 miles away from the local Dominos as the crow (hex-copter) flies. I don't see how the drioen woudl cost more than paying for a delivery person -- plus there's the added advantyage that you wouldn't feel obliged to give a 20% tip.

 

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Re: Cost of pizza triples?
kfield   6/30/2014 2:10:33 PM
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@maxthemagnificent Well,a poster below said that drone delivery would probably "triple the price" of the pizza. What, you mean, you tip your pizza delivery guy? :-)

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Re: Cost of pizza triples?
Max The Magnificent   6/30/2014 2:13:37 PM
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@kfield: Well,a poster below said that drone delivery would probably "triple the price" of the pizza.

Don't listen to him -- he doesn't know what he's talking about LOL

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Max The Magnificent   6/30/2014 2:17:49 PM
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@kfield: What, you mean, you tip your pizza delivery guy? :-)

I tip them 20% like I tip all wait-staff -- I always feel really lucky to be me and to not be working a less-than-minimum wage job and having to rely on the kindness of strangers type thing. There but for the grace of whoever is in charge of this crazy mixed-up multi-universe go you or I...

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betajet   6/30/2014 3:06:45 PM
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Karen wrote: What, you mean, you tip your pizza delivery guy? :-)

So how much should one dip tip a quad-copter?  Would 30 degrees be enough?  :-)

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Wnderer   6/30/2014 3:39:51 PM
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@betajet - So how much should one dip a quad-copter?  Would 30 degrees be enough?  :-)


That reminds me of the story of how President Truman fired General MacArthur. Truman and MacArthur went to a restaurant for lunch and Truman told MacArthur, "I'm tired  of you not treating me with respect. You keep acting like I'm some unsophisticated yokel. A bumpkin, A rube. I'm the president dammit! I demand respect!"

MacArthur replied, "I'm sorry Mr. President. It won't happen again. To show there are no hard feelings, I'll pay the bill and you tip the waitress." When the waitress came by, Truman knocked over the waitress and MacArthur said,

"That's the wrong way to tip her Harry,

That's the wrong way, you know.

That's the wrong wrong way to tip her Harry.

Gawd your such a shmo."

And Truman said, "your fired!"

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Not in Europe
KB3001   6/30/2014 2:30:53 PM
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This drone delivery might well work in the US but not here in Europe where space is often a premium.

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Re: Not in Europe
Max The Magnificent   6/30/2014 2:34:01 PM
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@KB3001: This drone delivery might well work in the US but not here in Europe where space is often a premium.

I don't know -- I think it would work OK for people living in single family homes like my mom and little brother -- probably not for people living in blocks of flats. 

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KB3001   6/30/2014 2:48:20 PM
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@Max, yep, but I fear they would charge quite a bit extra for the service and these folks are really price sensitive. Affluent suburbs in the US would welcome this probably but I can't see it catching up here in England.

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Re: Not in Europe
Max The Magnificent   6/30/2014 2:52:39 PM
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@KB3001: Affluent suburbs in the US would welcome this probably but I can't see it catching up here in England.


I've grown to be wary of predicting that things will, or will not, come to pass, because things always end up taking me by surprise LOL

betajet
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The Dominant Question
betajet   6/30/2014 3:16:10 PM
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Does anyone else think this is going to an awful lot of trouble just to deliver a Domino's pizza?

I guess the technology is appropriate for pizzas that don't taste that different after aging 20 minutes.  But in my experience really good pizzas don't tolerate delivery.

Amusing bit of local pizza lore: When I lived in Northern Westchester County, just north of New York City, all of the pizza places were independent.  But they all had the same carry-out box, which said:
You've tried all the rest: now try the best!




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