What would fieldwork be like if you had one of THESE?

I wondered how people taking students out on fieldwork might make use of something like the AR Drone

For doing remote HD filming/imaging of locations…

…and flips! (rad!)

It’s not cheap, mind. And the range and battery life are limited (although it’s tricky to find out exact numbers from the product’s homepage).

Plus, we should probably have a think about the safety and privacy issues of drones in private hands with cameras in built-up areas!

But if you used it as an additional tool for surveying a location from elevated angles there could be all sorts of useful applications. In a limited sense it could be used to improve accessibility to some difficult-to-reach landscape features.

Definitely need to get one to test in the office! 😉

Immersive video on the iP*d – more than just interesting?

Just saw this on the Neiman Journalism Lab blog…

A collaboration between Condition One and The Guardian it’s a slightly more interactive approach to video where you have an element of control over where the camera is looking.

Is it more than just interesting? It would make some intriguing digital stories where the viewer is more actively selecting what elements of the story to view.  

Is it a flavour of AR where the “reality” can be displayed independent of location (picture it with points of interest embedded into the video)? 

Could this be what Google Streetview looks like in a few years’ time?