Paul Wallich is an average guy. He tries to find shortcuts where he can and finds walking kids to the bus stop every morning a bit too troublesome for his liking. Most guys would bicker with their wives about the issue but Mr. Wallich found a novel way to stay glued to his computer system at home while fulfilling his fatherly duties. Of course some might argue that trusting a quadcopter to keep your child safe en route to the bus stop is bad parenting but we have to commend the guy for going through the trouble of actually building a drone that could come in very handy when his kids are old enough to find their father walking them to the bus stop embarrassing.
The quadcopter is tuned to keep track of a GPS device that Wallich has fitted inside his son’s backpack. The flying drone is fitted with a remote video camera that keeps visual track of the child from overhead and the feed helps the dad walk his kid to the school bus stop virtually. Wallich also devised a special navigation program for the drone and the GPS to allow it to follow the beacon from a set distance so that the kid doesn’t feel like his dad is “hovering” over him.
Since Wallich used a smartphone laced with a video chat app to provide visual feed, the entire quadcopter weighs just around 1 kg which provides sufficient maneuverability room for the drone. As cool as the drone is, we have to wonder whether it really is as cool a substitute for having a real parent present by a kid’s side and we’re sure a social worker somewhere is anxious to get his hands on the case.