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  • I came here to show you the Fotokite.

  • It's a tethered, flying camera.

  • But before I do that, I want to tell you a bit about where it came from, what motivated it.

  • So I was born in Russia, and three years ago, in 2011, there were the Russian federal elections.

  • There were massive irregularities reported, and people came out to protest, which was very unlikely for Russia.

  • And no one really knew how significant these protests were, because, for whatever reason, the world media largely ignored it.

  • Now, there was a group of photographers who kind of flew flying cameras as a hobbyusually photographing things like the Sphinx, the Pyramids

  • who were happened to be right around the corner, and they flew a camera and they took some snapshots,

  • some panoramas of this demonstration.

  • Just completely independent entity, completely random occurrence, and the image, when I saw it, it really struck me.

  • Here's one of the panoramas.

  • So in a single image, you can really see the scale of this eventjust the number of people, the colors, the banners.

  • You just can't consider this insignificant.

  • All in a single image, which was really cool to me.

  • And I think, in the future, journalism and many other professions, there are flying cameras already quite commonly out there,

  • but I think, you wait a few months, a few years, and for many professions, it's really going to be a requirement.

  • And it make sense. It's such a unique perspective.

  • Nothing really communicates this scale, for example, in context, in a way that this does.

  • But there are a few hurdles, and they are quite basic and quite fundamental.

  • One is piloting. So for this image, they flew a camera, a five kilogram device with an SLR under it.

  • It's quite heavy, lots of spinning, sharp things.

  • It's a bit uncomfortable to fly, probably also for the operator.

  • In fact, you can see that on the back of the pilot's shirt,

  • it says, "No questions until landing" in Russian and in English,

  • because people are curious, and they'll go tap you, and then you lose your focus and things happen.

  • And these guys are great. They're professionals; they're really careful in what they do.

  • So in the protests, maybe you noticed, they flew over the river so it was quite safe.

  • But this doesn't necessarily apply to all people and all conditions, so we really have to make piloting easier.

  • The other problem is regulations, or rather, the lack of good regulation.

  • For many good reasons, it's just difficult to come up with common sense laws to regulate flying cameras.

  • So we already have cameras. Everyone here, I'm sure, has a smartphone with a camera, right?

  • There are more and more of them. You hear about people with Google Glass being attacked.

  • You hear about, actually, a drone pilot, a hobbyist, was attacked two weeks ago because he was flying near a beach.

  • Here's some personal input I didn't expect.

  • Just yesterday, I was attacked by a guy who claimed that I was filming him.

  • I was checking my email right hereeasy way to get input for your talk.

  • But I think there are better solutions.

  • I think we have to defuse the situation.

  • We have to come up with responsible solutions that address the privacy issues and the safety, accountability issues but still give us that perspective.

  • And this is one potential solution. So this is the Fotokite.

  • Well, let me see, it's a quadrocopter, but what's kind of special about it is there's a leash.

  • It's literally a dog leash. It's very convenient.

  • And the neat thing about it is, to fly it, there's no joysticks, nothing like this.

  • You just turn it on and you point in the direction that you want to fly.

  • You give it a little twist. That's kind of the way you communicate. And there it goes.

  • So the interaction is super simple.

  • It's like a personal flying pet.

  • It just always maintains a certain angle to you, and if I move around with it, it'll actually follow me naturally.

  • And of course, we can build on top of this. So this leash has some additional electronics.

  • You can turn it on. And now, it's like telling your dog to fly lower, if you have such a dog.

  • So, I can press a button and manipulate it rather easily. So I just shifted its position.

  • And it's really safe. I don't know about you guys in the front row

  • but at least in principle, you have to agree that you feel safer because there is a physical connection.

  • Live demos are hard, right? Things go wrong all the time.

  • But no matter what, this thing will actually prevent this thing from going into you.

  • What's more, it tells you immediately that I am the one responsible for this device.

  • You don't have to look for someone controlling it.

  • Now, I can tell you that it's easy a lot, but I think a really good way to prove that is to grab a second one and launch it.

  • And if I can do this on stage live, then I can show each and every one of you in five minutes how to operate one of these devices.

  • So now we have two eyes in the sky.And now the trick is getting them back.

  • So my question now to you is, well, it's a nice solution, it's very accessible, it's safe.

  • What would you use it for? What would you use such a camera for in your life?

  • Thank you.

I came here to show you the Fotokite.

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