So You Lost Your Drone Again?

Stick TrackR © KIKE CALVO Stick TrackR can help UAV pilots locate fly-aways. Photo @ KIKE CALVO

This post is the latest in the Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series,  which profiles interesting information, thoughts and research into using  drones, UAVs or remotely piloted vehicles for journalism and photography, that I learn about during my  travels. 

One of the most shocking experiences for a pilot of Small Unmanned Vehicles is to face a fly-away. Whatever the reason, your fault or a technical failure, your precious investment simply flies away like leafs pushed by the wind. But fear no more, your prayers may have been heard. And this is good news not only for UAV enthusiasts but for anyone with an item that could be stolen, lost or misplaced. StickR TrackR is a small, coin-sized device that easily attaches to your valuable items. With the TrackR app, you can locate any lost or misplaced item in seconds by ringing your missing keys, using TrackR’s Distance Indicator.  It works both on iPhone and Android. After you download the application,  it uses Bluetooth in what the company calls Crowd Source Tracking.  “When an item goes missing with a TrackR device attached, all TrackR enabled phones will begin to search for that item,” says the company, TrackR . “When another user comes nearby the lost item, that user’s phone will anonymously ping our server to update the items owner with new GPS coordinates of when & where it was last seen.”

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