Look up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a Quadcopter equipped with a GoPro camera! Huh?
Awesome London saw three top-notch pitches on Oct. 28, but the one that blew the trustees away was Ryan Hunt’s idea for accessible aerial photography: The London Eye. He walked away with a $1,000 grant to bring his idea to life.
He will use the money to purchase a lightweight, durable GoPro Hero 3+: Silver Edition for about $300 and a Phantom Quadcopter with GoPro mount for about $500. The Quadcopter can fly about 250 feet high — approximately the height of the Hilton London hotel on King Street.
But The London Eye isn’t only meant for capturing gorgeous aerial views of the city, it’s also a project aimed at education.
Hunt is one of the founding members of the DHMakerBus, a community project that is building a mobile education technology classroom on wheels.
“We’re hoping to run this as a class in the spring of 2014 where youth ages 16 to 25 will learn how to make their own Quadcopter from scratch, learn how to pilot it, and then learn how to do the photography. When they’re finished, they’ll take everything back apart completely,” Hunt said. “I think this project has the potential to inspire a lot of people in our community, and I’m looking forward to trying to make that happen.”