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Monday, April 1, 2013

Slog Drone vs. SPD Spy Cam

Posted by on Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 6:00 AM

On Friday morning, I asked: What should I do with this drone someone bought me?

A ton of great ideas came in, and one stood right out:


GlibReaper, I assumed, was talking about the Seattle Police Department's proposed waterfront camera network, funded by the Department of Homeland Security and presently on hold following public backlash.

So on Friday afternoon—which was beautiful, just like the weekend that followed—I headed out to Alki with the Slog drone and set up on a grassy knoll near one of the new waterfront cameras.

What was so perfect about GlibReaper's proposed mission was that it stood to demonstrate just how easy it has become to play the hovering camera eye game back against someone who is playing it against you. (As well as how uneventful it can be to watch one mechanical eye stare at another mechanical eye.)

The SPD's waterfront cameras are not turned on at the moment because they're under review, which meant the Slog drone didn't have to waste a lot of energy proving its supremacy. It lifted off from the knoll and headed up to power line height. Then it turned to look at the sad little SPD spy camera sitting there on a telephone poll doing nothing, and yawned. A police car rolled by on Alki Avenue.

The Slog drone declined to fly closer, into what appeared to be a Bermuda Triangle of power lines and intersecting streets. Instead it just stayed there above the empty knoll for a few seconds, pondering the exhausting amounts of visual data the SPD wants to collect about mundane afternoon moments like the ones that were passing before its eye. Then, a little exhausted itself, the Slog drone set down and examined the knoll grass.

What should the Slog drone spy on next?


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Look in an office window. Maybe one of the city council's, or the mayor's, perhaps?
Posted by eweb on April 1, 2013 at 6:46 AM · Report this
First order of business, charge up the batteries. You shouldn't have run out that soon.

Technical tip: on a full charge, test-fly the thing to see how long it will stay up. Keep that time in mind as you fly missions, so you don't run into a situation where you can't recover the toy, errr... I mean, Spy Drone!
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on April 1, 2013 at 6:56 AM · Report this
imbecile 3
Dan's bedroom.
Posted by imbecile on April 1, 2013 at 7:05 AM · Report this
If that is a typical flying of the drones, then we had nothing to worry about.
Posted by Greycat on April 1, 2013 at 7:06 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 6
Whales. Is it water proof? Tulip farm. Greek Row on Friday night.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on April 1, 2013 at 7:25 AM · Report this
seandr 7
Two words that can't fail: Sex Drone.
Posted by seandr on April 1, 2013 at 7:26 AM · Report this
Claypatch 8
My ex-wife.
Posted by Claypatch on April 1, 2013 at 7:29 AM · Report this
Rob McKenna.
Posted by Pol Pot on April 1, 2013 at 8:04 AM · Report this
* Henry M. Jackson Federal Building
* SPD Headquarters
* King County Jail
* vehicle driven by Greg W. Sackman #6052, head of SPD's drone program and party to brutal beating of Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes outside the War Room in 2005
Posted by Phil M on April 1, 2013 at 9:24 AM · Report this
Team BlackSheep's YouTube channel has a lot of ideas.…
Posted by pox on April 1, 2013 at 10:46 AM · Report this
1. A professional sports game from outside the arena (free sports!).

2. The crane operator operating the giant crane above the Broadway's new butt crack (light rail)

3. The camera positioned on the roof of the building across the street from the new butt crack.

4. Super hot sunbathers in Cal Anderson (or super gross summer-horns and their well-tended horn-dogs)
Posted by six shooter on April 1, 2013 at 10:47 AM · Report this
The capitol hill light rail station.

A press conference - any press conference
Posted by Lack Thereof on April 1, 2013 at 10:50 AM · Report this
Based on your performance spying on a stationary object, I deem all other suggestions in these threads infeasible.
Posted by beef rallard on April 1, 2013 at 10:53 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 15
I vote for Bill Gates living room.
Posted by Will in Seattle on April 1, 2013 at 11:13 AM · Report this
GlibReaper 16
Finally catching this video. Nice work! A point about the cameras: they are actually powered on. You can see a tiny blue light inside the camera housing. Seattle PD claims that they're not "active" but I think that means their DVR system isn't recording.

As for getting up close shots, I see that still needs to be done.
Posted by GlibReaper on October 29, 2013 at 11:57 PM · Report this

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