Thursday, 28 May 2015

Drones - Window Cleaning Add-On

Ian Kevern, who owns Squeek Ian Clean, recently bought a drone as an add-on to his window cleaning business.
Torrington man launches drone film business: A Torrington window cleaner is planning to make extra cash filming weddings and stag dos – from the sky. Ian Kevern, who owns Squeek Ian Clean, recently bought a drone and started posting his dramatic videos of North Devon’s hills, valleys and beaches on YouTube. “My video of Castle Hill in Torrington really got everyone going,” he said. “There was a massive thick fog down in the valley. “The video was a bit shaky -I’ve got better since then – but I got so many positive comments from people.” Ian was encouraged when his video of a Torrington church “went down a treat” with viewers.

He said people had contacted him to say they were “moved to tears” by his aerial views of the local landmark. Ian was content flying his drone as a hobby until he thought, “Hang on, there’s some money to be made here”. “I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon early,” he said. “Drone businesses are already making good money in the US, filming high-end properties for estate agents.” Ian has had to complete a civil aviation course and apply for legal permission to use the drone professionally. He will be required to adhere to strict guidelines, such as not flying the drone above 400 feet.

Having parachuted and joined his 70-year-old father on his paragliding adventures, drone flying was a natural activity for Ian to take up. “I’ve spent most of my life outside, running and surfing,” he said. “I decided to get a new hobby which wouldn’t involve sweaty clothes lying around the house. I checked out some of the drone videos and thought it was something I could get into.” Ian is planning to test his drone filming skills to the limit at his son’s upcoming wedding at Tapeley Park. “It’s a brilliant thing to work with because it’s so intelligent,” he said. “If I get into trouble the drone will come back and land pretty much where I tell it to.”

You may remember Ian Kevern from his fancy dress - look here & here.

The compact drone flies by itself and follows a tracking device that is worn around the wrist like a watch.
Throw this drone into the air and it'll follow you, filming all the while: Ever worry you're being followed? With the Lily drone, you are. Throw it into the air and it flies, following you wherever you go. And it films too, so you can record yourself mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding and anything else you like. It knows where you are because you wear a tracking device on your wrist. Here's a video showing how it keeps up.

You can choose to have the drone follow, go in front or from the side, so you can make sure you get your best side. When you've had enough, it lands in the palm of your hand, like a faithful bird returning to its owner. It flies for 20 minutes on a single charge and has a range of 100 feet. It's waterproof too, so you can have it film you in the water without worrying about it breaking if it lands in the drink. It films in 1080p HD and can take 12-megapixel stills. You use the remote to snap stills, change the angle it films from and record audio. It's your new best friend.

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