Quadcopter information, market, possibilities, and more about the drones of the future

Quadcopters or more often called drones (although this term does not precisely define particular types of “drones”), are relatively new in the RC market and a strong competitor to other remote-controlled flying objects, such as RC helicopters.

On this article we discuss topics around Quadcopters but we do not intend to review any quadcopter in particular. Great information about Quadcopter accessories such as gimbals and high quality quadcopters for GoPro are available here if you wish to buy one.

The market

Because as mentioned before quadcopters do not belong to the history of RC for veterans, nevertheless there are a lot of high-quality products which can be found all over the internet (check the link above for a fine selection). Drone companies like DJI and MikroKopter engaged for several years in successfully building drones, they can be considered pioneers in this niche. But also less well-known manufacturers such as Parrot, Gaui or Walkera offer great quadcopters in the field of air drones for every flight enthusiast. I consider that the less known brands looked up on the Phantom models from DJI and pretty much came with improved versions. That is why at this moment I recommend you to go with the less known brands like Walkera and XproHeli in particular.

Quadcopter companies have a product for each category, different quality, and price levels. The price range can go from a few hundred dollars to even a couple of thousand dollars for a professional one.

The possibilities with Quadcopter | Drones

There are countless possibilities that the Quadcopter brings with it. In advance to name a few, would be the long range because most quadcopters come with a low weight and the possibility to place a camera like the GoPro Hero, to take nice photos or videos from the air. Also some models offer the option for GPS tracking and a return-home function that is especially a plus for the safety of the operator and the quadcopter itself because as you may know remotes can be quite often unreliable. You will see that most drones that are more expensive also have the most robust design because high-quality materials are used. Further, the number of rotors is also a way of having bigger capacity capabilities because with more rotors naturally a higher weight can be carried.

The future

The subject area of multicopters is still in the phase of establishment. However, it is to be noted that the number of applications will further rise with versatility, practicality and of course quality in the mind of every manufacturer. GoPro announced that we should expect to see a GoPro quadcopter or drone very soon. Like they use to make lots of accessories for their cameras to improve the overall experience now we see the regular customer demanding a piece of hardware that was in the past available only to professional film makers and maybe Hollywood producers. I think that once the GoPro drone will come out a lot of doors will begin to open for this niche. And by this I mean the competition will become fiercer and things like build quality, range of the remote and lots of other now frustrating details that are very pregnant on most of the drones will easily become a thing of the past. Like what happened in the smartphone industry. It began with a crappy IPhone with a pretty bad screen and camera and a plasticky body but it doesn’t really matter if you look at the evolution because now we have some amazing pieces that evolved from that crappy first try. We are still in the phase of seeing how things develop in this area and so far it seems that things come out pretty well, so a look into the future seems to be very rosy for the drone industry. My advice for people that don’t like what they see on the market at the moment is: Wait for it! I think you will be amazed what the manufacturers will come up with in the following years or maybe just months.


Living Wage vs Minimum Wage

living-wage-vs-minimum-wageThe discussion of wages is always a heated one. First, there are the geographic factors, then the competitive factors, and of course, the greed factors. Wages most often become the topic of discussion in one of two ways: the idea that some don’t make enough – minimum wage – or the idea that some make too much. Downright envy!

In 1938, the first Federal law to establish a minimum wage was the Fair Labor Standards Act. Today’s federal minimum wage is $7.25/hr. Many states have risen above that level, while some states actually have “loopholes” that allow people in certain jobs for certain employers to be paid less (see a map of which states are where.)

Minimum wage, however, is NOT the only topic of interest in today’s discussions. Some believe that eliminating minimum wage would solve our unemployment problems, including many politicians and at least one of the current presidential candidates. Even distinguished AZ Sen John McCain voted against raising minimum wage 19 times in his career. What is fast becoming the bigger issue in our widely divergent society is the concept of “Living Wage”. What is the difference? What determines a Living Wage?

Living wage is dependent upon many factors, as we mentioned earlier. However, some parameters can be used to help decide. Certain costs, while not fixed in terms of amount, have commonly been set as factors in determining economic health. For instance, for decades economists, bankers, government agencies, and credit and mortgage companies have had a guideline allowing for up to approximately 30% of income to be used for housing. A little math applied here would show that 40hrs/wk @ $7.25 is around $300/week or about $1200/month. If our housing allowance is no more than one-third of that, then rent should be at something in the vicinity of $400/month. Probably not the case in your town!

Critics will say that in these days we have come to accept that ALL families will include two wage earners. So, does doubling that amount get into the range of housing costs where you live? Instead, let’s look at another parameter, Poverty Level. Federal poverty standards were first set in 1964 using calculations provided by Mollie Orshansky of the Social Security Administration, the basis for which was a Department of Agriculture 1955 Household Food Consumption Survey. It showed that families of three or more persons spent about one third of their after-tax income on food. For the sake of discussion we will figure that taxes take about 25% of gross income; this brings our two-income (minimum wage) family down to $1800/month NET. Using the government findings, then this family could reasonably expect to spend about $600/month on food, leaving $1200 to pay $750 rent and $450 to cover ALL other costs for the month.

Obviously, the determinants in these discussions are never based on reality, but rather political whim and financial influence. The global economy argument has left some thinking that Americans should actually work for the type of wages that the “Third World” receives. It has long been the contention of “Organized Labor” that the solution is NOT in bringing down those with respectable standards of living, but rather, in raising the standards of those struggling to grasp “the American Dream”! Many have studied the situation, and campaign to promote the “Living Wage”. Penn State University has developed a living wage calculator, applicable to 50 states, with many locales and other factors built in.

Cheap Labor Regressives (those intent on moving wages backward) must not be allowed to prevail. The American ideals of unity and community must rise up to succor one another. We must consider the plight and livelihood of those around us as we make our shopping decisions, and far more importantly , our voting decisions! Support Organized Labor, Support re-building America’s middle class!