Had a chance to get out early this morning and catch the early sun over Boston University. Many of my architect friends love the Law Tower, so I tried to get some close-up shots of it.
After receiving my replacement drone from DJI, I was every excited to get it into the air and shake off any rust that had developed by not flying it for about six weeks.
The latest version of the Phantom Vision 2+ had a few nice features like a scroll wheel attached to the remote controller to adjust the angle of the camera. And I found this in the newly redesigned user manual:
That image would have been helpful back in October when the drone went into the San Francisco Bay.
Anyhow, here’s the video of this weekend’s flights:
File this under ‘yeah, duh’, like when I blogged that I thought Facebook might be something worth looking into, but I used Waze for the first time this morning to give me advice on how to drive to work, and it was awesome.
I’ve used Google and Apple maps for driving directions, even looked at the traffic features on them, but they don’t compare to Waze. Waze was like a seasoned Boston driver taking me down shortcuts that I knew where there but probably wouldn’t have though to use. It always took me down the hypotenuse, and avoided tangly Boston traffic zones like Harvard Ave in Brighton.
The graphics and the ‘gamification’ don’t do much for me, not to mention the ‘chat to other drivers’ feature! But as a kick ass personal driving assistant, it rules.
Should I Expect To Lose A Drone Every 3 Months Or So?
My drone is sitting at the bottom of San Francisco Bay. For reasons unknown to me or DJI, it entered “come home” mode while about 400 feet in the air, taking some great shots of San Francisco as the sun was coming up. As I wrote on Facebook: “Fuck!”
While flying the drone over Dreamforce a few days earlier, it entered “come home” mode unexpectedly, but I chalked that up to all the Wifi signals around the Moscone Center. Or maybe the fog. And then when I flew it over North Beach the day before it went into the Bay, all seemed good:
On this day, I got up extra early to catch the early morning sun and to fly the drone before starting work. I think the views were pretty good. I went down to the Ferry building, and flew out over the San Francisco Bay looking back at downtown, and should have been something like this:
What Am I Doing?
I’ve been back and forth with a diver about recovering the drone. It’s not too far out into the Bay, and because I watched it descend into the water as it was just a bit too far away… I think I know exactly where it is. I really want the SD card that shows the emergence into the water. Right? But I don’t have any hope for the drone to fly again.
Just got off the phone with DJI support, and I must say these guys rock. They need me to fill out a form describing exactly what happened, and the phone rep couldn’t tell me exactly what would happen next, but he said in these situations DJI takes care of it’s customers. He was very empathetic and reassuring.
Stay tuned for updates on the drone recovery and resolution of the issue with DJI.
Dreamforce, San Francisco and Drones. What could be better?
My official purpose of being out here is to get feedback and engagement about the product my new, and still somewhat stealthy company is working on. And you know what? The feedback has been awesome. It’s extremely gratifying.
I’ve had two moments when I was able to sneak away and get the drone flying in the air to take some arial shots of the 100,000 crowded into SOMA for Dreamforce.
First flight went great, but the second flight, I guess I was a bit too ambitious and flew the drone up into the fog of San Francisco.
This then broke the connection with my remote controller and the drone – while the drone was at about 400 feet! Luckily the drone has a ‘return to home‘ mode, so it flew back to me and auto-landed in a crowd of about 100 people. I was really worried it would hit someone, or cause damage, but it didn’t. Whew!
I’m not going to fly it today — too many people to meet with — perhaps tomorrow again.
First a video:
Despite rumors to the contrary, I’m not going to be flying my drone every minute at Dreamforce. I have some other fun activities planned as well, such as giving a talk entitled “CRM Adoption Doesn’t Matter.”
With all due respect to my former colleagues Matt Johnson,Carlos Montejo and Jim Holst, I think there has been too much emphasis on adoption of CRM systems like salesforce.com. I think we’re losing the thread of what really matters, and that’s what I’m addressing in my talk.
For those of you who were thinking about bringing small children to the talk, please don’t. Even though I am going to be featuring a slide like this
my talk isn’t going to be “G” rated. You see when I get passionate about a topic, there is no holding back.
Here are the details for my talk:
Day & Time: Tuesday the 14th at 11:30am PST
Location: Moscone West Hall Room WRM5
Qualification: To attend you must posses an InsideSales.com “Golden Ticket” which can be obtained from their booths (N1200 or W621)
Slides Featuring Super Mario: Only two this year.
Virtual Option: If you’re not in town for Dreamforce this year, you can also watch the live streaming of my talk. Details here.
If you’re trying to find me at Dreamforce this year, send me a tweet: @adamhonig
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My prediction is that Drones and drone giveaways will be big at Dreamforce 2014 this year. I’ll be there with my DJI Phantom Vision 2+ flying over the Moscone Center, taking video and photos. Hopefully not crashing it into anything. I can’t say the photos will be more exciting than when I flew the drone over the Roman Coliseum, but it should be very interesting.
Meanwhile, I’m starting to see a trend of people giving away drones at Dreamforce:
- I just got an email from the guys over at Tacticle that they’re giving away a Phantom 2 Vision+ Quadcopter to one lucky winner at their booth.
- My friends at InsideSales.com are giving away a drone to every sales manager who comes buy and gets a demo of their product. Very cool, Ken. It’s not likely to be the top of the line on that Tactile is handing out, but what the heck.
- Salesforce themselves are giving away 10 drones at the Salesforce1 platform keynote Wednesday, Oct. 15 at2:00pm in Moscone South.
- Twitter is going to be giving away a drone to “the best hack project incorporating Twitter”.
And I will absolutely be not featuring DroneForce(TM) as part of the extravaganza: