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iPad Remote Controlled Blimp 05/18/2010

Posted by TheRealJawn in Technology.
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Im sorry that I’ve been totally jocking Apple’s new iPad recently, but I’m looking forward to the purchase of one as soon as I get back home to NY.  I came across an article this morning that’s rather cool and innovative.  The folks at BreakfastNY.com have created a blimp that is controlled by the iPad through custom software that connects to a built-in computer. The iPad is the real controller, and it receives a live video-feed from the blimp’s cockpit via an attached front camera.  Click more for a description form Breakfast NY themselves and see a sick video of the thing in action.
This year’s Design Week after-party featured a silent auction of 23 KidRobot Munny characters created by the world’s top industrial designers. To show off these creations to the thousand guests, we flew a 52″ camera-enabled blimp over their heads. The blimp (a modified BlimpDuino) was controlled by an iPad which was receiving the live video-feed from the cockpit. When guests looked up, they watched as their faces were transformed into those of the Munny characters up for auction. The feed also went up on a big screen at the event and the event’s site allowing everyone to get in on the action.

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