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Oldbitcollector (Jeff)
01-31-2012, 08:18 PM
I was checking out the new sales page for the ELEV-8 Quadcopter (http://www.parallax.com/Store/Robots/FlyingPlatforms/tabid/964/ProductID/799/List/0/Default.aspx?SortField=ProductName,ProductName) when I came across the following text...



WARNING: Due to the size of this platform, it can cause serious damage or injury. There is no protection around any of the propellers. We recommend using the RCAPA guidelines for safe use of this aircraft (http://www.rcapa.net/guidelines.aspx).

Disclaimer of liability: Parallax Inc. is not responsible for any special, incidental, or consequential damages and personal injuries, including that to life and health, resulting from the customer’s application and use of any Parallax Inc. products. You, the customer, assume full and unlimited responsibility for all customer ELEV-8 Quadcopter applications and uses.


Heck yeah! If you've got warning like this, this MUST be an awesome project. :)

/me thinks our society has become far too safe....

OBC

Roy Eltham
01-31-2012, 09:14 PM
Totally agree.

Ken Gracey
01-31-2012, 10:06 PM
Second the idea that that this project is very dangerous. We have a documented accident from one of our staff.

doggiedoc
01-31-2012, 10:08 PM
Exactly!!

Remember "Lawn Darts"?

Paul

GordonMcComb
01-31-2012, 11:26 PM
There is some discussion on DIYDrones and elsewhere about using ducted fans, and how efficiency is actually increased (I have no knowledge of this one way or the other, just repeating what they say). Has anyone with an ELEV-8 ever tried it? Or even adding a plastic shrouding? Delrin or carbon fiber ought to be viable choices.

Having a ducting add-on kit of some type, or maybe just some instructions, might help with schools and others that are concerned about liability. Some of the middle schools nearby aren't offering wood shop any more, they're so scared of being sued. Crying shame.

-- Gordon

ajward
01-31-2012, 11:39 PM
I was checking out the new sales page for the ELEV-8 Quadcopter (http://www.parallax.com/Store/Robots/FlyingPlatforms/tabid/964/ProductID/799/List/0/Default.aspx?SortField=ProductName,ProductName) when I came across the following text...

Heck yeah! If you've got warning like this, this MUST be an awesome project. :)

/me thinks our society has become far too safe....

OBC

An inverted, 4-bladed, flying lawn mower? What could go wrong? :lol:

Actually, I'd love to have one!!!!!!

Amanda

Martin_H
02-01-2012, 12:55 AM
Some of the middle schools nearby aren't offering wood shop any more, they're so scared of being sued. Crying shame.

Liability and the need for time to prepare for standardized test. This really annoys me because I use my wood and metal shop skills frequently to fix things. Oh and for robotics, but that is icing on the cake.

sylvie369
02-01-2012, 11:54 AM
You should attend a high power rocket launch some time. Seriously.

Ttailspin
02-01-2012, 04:02 PM
I second that, I live a few short miles from Vandenberg air force base, The big rockets will rattle the windows,
We watch from the front porch until we see the ion trail turn into a giant ring as the rocket disapears... cool stuff.

As far as the ELEV-8 goes, Red Ryder BB guns have nothing on the ELEV-8.."Yer gonna put yer eye out kid."

-Tommy

rod1963
02-01-2012, 06:47 PM
The prototype multi-blade military drones I've seen always had a shroud of some sort around the blades. I suspect for two reasons. 1) Protection of the blades against being banged up during transport to the field and 2) Protection of the troops handling it. Putting those on a beast like this shouldn't be too difficult.