So one fine day we decided to reach out to the man , the myth , the legend - Oscar Liang to get his inputs on some of the trending topics coming up in the drone/quad industry. He immediately obliged and dropped some golden nuggets.
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Some Questions to Oscar Liang:
First things first! When did you start flying quadcopters? What made you do it?
I started back in 2012 🙂 .I was into Arduino projects, and one day I came across someone building a flying machine (a quadcopter but I didn't know what it was called back then) with the Arduino so I started looking into it 🙂 And I am hooked and kept flying until now!
Do you think that having ESPN broadcast drone races on television will catch the public eye and grow the drone industry?
I personally want to see this hobby to get more successful. But to be realistic, drone racing is still a niche market. I think there are probably only around 100,000 people in the world fly multicopters in a regular bases (just a brave guess). I think majority of the people that follow drone racing would be people that are flying themselves. And many people who don't fly, they find drone racing very new and curious about it, but they get bored quickly 🙂 But I do hope someone can come up with some cool ideas to make it work!
Where do you see drone racing in 10 years?
I wouldn't even be able to make a 2 year prediction LOL
We are at the beginning of something great, there is purely too much uncertainty. Some come from the technology being used in Drone Racing, and some come from how big this FPV community can grow into... Not to mention if we will be affected by future government regulations at all!
Do you think that HD FPV live streams like Connex will go mainstream for pilots who have been using the analog feed for years?
Definitely. We all want to see better quality videos, and allow more people to race at the same time without inteference.But not necessary by Connex though 🙂 as it is right now, there is still a long way to go. Many challenges they need to overcome: weight, size, cost etc... besides 720p(currently) isn't that much better than analog feed IMO LOL, and still a long way before it can replace 1080p quality of a GoPro or Xiaomi Yi.
How do you think we can prevent malicious use of drones? (i.e., drones flying too close to airports or flying dangerously in public?)
- Education to pilots (MOST IMPORTANT)
- Harder punishment for malicious use of drones
- Maybe the manufacturers/coders can also introduce "warning" or even "shutdown" in their software, if the drone approaches "no fly zone", or encountering any dangerous situations
We have drones equipped with thermal cameras, anti-collision systems, stabilizers and autonomous systems., What do you think companies like DJI will innovate next ?
I personally want to see more safety features, especially on those RTF quadcopters such as DJI products. Safety is always the priority when it comes to drone operation.
Airliners build turbines to withstand impacts by birds. Do you think a drone can significantly damage a flying airplane or is this just simply, exaggeration by the media?
It doesn't matter, and I don't want to find out either 🙂 The question should be, why would someone fly close to a flying airplane in the first place given they are not permitted? This should not happen at all.
If you were asked to give one piece of advice for a drone-noobie, what will it be?
- Join a good forum, do your research, and ask questions if you can't find the answer! http://intoFPV.com and http://rcgroups.com are some good places to start!
- Don't rush to buy your drone, take your time and read up first.
- I would recommend always try to build one yourself, instead of buying a ready to fly one. You will understand the capability better, and you will learn how to fix them if something goes wrong.