I finally got around to upgrading my drone with custom firmware that will automatically raise and lower the landing gear. However, it didn't work without some rewiring (see photo) and a little bit of mucking about with software. All the effort paid off, as you will see in the video. To test, I held the drone up in the air, first going above 6 feet (sorry no metric, the guy who came up wit the software hack lives in the U.S.) then descending to 'land'. Works well, albeit a little slowly. I would show off by taking the drone out for a flight, but it's gusting in all directions, and I've just finished rebuilding this thing after a nasty crash.
The Ottawa Maker Faire seemed like a great opportunity to make some 360-degree videos. Instead of resorting to Autopano this time around, I thought I'd see what I could cook up with the Samsung's own Action Director video editor. I played around with some simple transitions, added background music and text. If you don't see the titles, it's because they are down on the 'ground'. That wasn't intentional, but I forgot when editing on a flat image that the text would end up there when mapped to the inside of a sphere.
I've added some multimedia content to a static image taken last week at the Canadian Aviation Museum. It appears to work fine, but let me know if it doesn't for you. With the a trial copy of Pano2vr (hence the watermark) I've added a floating video frame, an image patch to cover the tripod nadir, added a short audio source that loops twice, and if you click on the astronaut, it will take you to an external site (double-click image for full screen). I'm looking forward to presenting this and other stuff to the j-school New Media class at Carleton U this Friday.