[Blabber] Funny Robotics Rescue Mission with Prize, (OT?)

Isaac (.ike) Levy ike at blackskyresearch.net
Thu Nov 23 21:15:38 UTC 2017

Hi All,

Great news, we recovered the car!

Thanks so much everyone who contributed ideas to this thread.

Here's how we got it:
- 1x 1/24 scale RC car (AKA, "The Rat!", see pics)
  - Fellow Racer brought it, works nearby
- 2x paper clips (hook)
- Leftover Ethernet (pull line)
- 2x iPhones with FaceTime video call
  (one in the hole as our eyes, one outside as monitor)
- flashlight (in the hole for light)
- Gaffers Tape

Here's a video shot during the rescue:

And the end result vehicles, rescuer and rescued:


> On Nov 21, 2017, at 12:06 AM, Isaac (.ike) Levy <ike at blackskyresearch.net> wrote:
> On Nov 20, 2017, at 11:09 PM, Chris Stratton <cs07024 at gmail.com <mailto:cs07024 at gmail.com>> wrote:
> <snip>
>> That on a toy-grade monster truck trailing parachute cord for retrieval?
> Good News, a racer friend of the person who lost his car, informed me he is now bringing a 1/24 scale RC car to the space tomorrow to help- perfecto!
> Now all we've gotta do is hook the stranded car, and reel it in...
> RC car, plus coat hanger hook, and 2 iPhones, (probably can just prop my phone near entrance and navigate the rescue car by watching it on someone else's).
> I'm reminded of this stellar B-movie inspiration,
> https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FpX-EhNfDzY <https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FpX-EhNfDzY>
>> A CCTV type camera put where the picture was taken might not be bad either.
> Perfect- yep!
> I do not want to recover a phone too...
> I know for a certainty there will be at least 2 iPhones in the space tomorrow, so a little FaceTime video call will totally be our eyes...
> I'll post video or pics or whatever after we do this...  (even if I/we fail, it should be entertaining :)
> --
> <snip - the part from the top>
>> 5.8 GHz FPV camera/transmitters go for around $16 now.  About the same for a receiver to put on a TV - it only gets expensive when you go for goggles. 
>> Plenty of fun to stick on your various RC platforms afterwards, too.  Being analog there's no noticeable lag, and they typically have a wider angle lens than wifi/webcam solutions.
> So, we don't have flying cars but there's a lot I really like about living in the future :)  This is the kind of gear I just wanna have in a drawer for times like these.
> Thanks everyone for these nuggets of cool info, learning cool and unexpected things here :)
> Best,
> .ike
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