Beyond A Quadcopter

Kickstarter projects have been able to solve a number of issues in every area of invention and innovation. Peak Design is one example that comes to mind with their line of re-designed camera clips and accessories. They let you carry a camera on any strap, be it a belt buckle or a backpack, and in the case of a Go-Pro camera, you can mount that in the same places to take footage anywhere including the handlebars or rear of a bike, but what if you could have it follow behind you without a pilot?

[REWIND: DJI PHANTOM USED TO CAPTURE VIDEO OF ACTIVE VOLCANO]

A new kickstarter project aims to do just that. Introducing Hexo+, Xavier De Le Rue shares this new system:

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This is an incredible way to take sports videography to a new level, though it seems to promote not using a photographer. Innovation has benefited consumers while being detrimental to the photography industry in some respects, but I wouldn’t feel threatened and here’s why: creativity. No matter what is invented, the human mind’s capacity to create can never be reached by a computer. While I’m sure some programmers or theorists will reply to that statement with “challenge accepted,” the fact remains that the human experience in itself is unique, and that alone leads to a plethora of individualized photography styles that form themselves from a series of mistakes and happenings for each individual.

On the upper tier of their Kickstarter, at the $500k mark is a “Director’s Toolkit” that allows you to drag and drop different scenarios to run themselves while filming such as panning, tilting, revolving etc. in order to provide more than a straight forward “run and gun” strategy to filming, which as a feature has the potential to put this back in the hands of an experienced videographer. Fortunately, this goal has already been achieved.

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We live in a new world where innovation is booming, and overall, it’s only pushing the industry to a higher level. Our old “best” isn’t good enough anymore, so while it may cause some photographers to fear losing work, those who innovate and adapt will survive. I could see this Kickstarter project as being a catch-all-save-all for photographs that would never have been possible, and I’ll be glad to see the resulting footage. Sure, this new system could be adapted for “evil” purposes, but that’s always a risk with new technologies. What are your thoughts on this?

You can find more about the project on their website here.

-Ryan