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General Chat Thread, Totally Off-The-Wall ICT Ideas Wanted! in General; Originally Posted by Joedetic I quite like webman's idea. The problem is, once it's been used once the novelty would ...
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    Re: Totally Off-The-Wall ICT Ideas Wanted!

    Quote Originally Posted by Joedetic
    I quite like webman's idea.

    The problem is, once it's been used once the novelty would wear off. That and it'd be expensive to replace if some kid crashed it.
    You can pick up cheap electric ones fo £20 now... A cheap wireless video camera and receiver would be a further £40. So for £60 you could have a short range spy helicopter!

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    Re: Totally Off-The-Wall ICT Ideas Wanted!

    So, so tempting! :twisted:

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    Re: Totally Off-The-Wall ICT Ideas Wanted!

    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk
    Quote Originally Posted by Joedetic
    I quite like webman's idea.

    The problem is, once it's been used once the novelty would wear off. That and it'd be expensive to replace if some kid crashed it.
    You can pick up cheap electric ones for £20 now...
    Only snag being that they are crap...

    Well, maybe not crap (actually very fun), just impossible to control in any meaningful manner!

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    Re: Totally Off-The-Wall ICT Ideas Wanted!

    Something i've seen before is a digital camera with a big memory card strapped to a kite and sent up.

    The camera had been modded with a 555 timer circuit instead of a capture button and it took photos every 30 seconds or so.

    Interesting results.

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    Re: Totally Off-The-Wall ICT Ideas Wanted!

    Quote Originally Posted by crc-ict
    Only snag being that they are crap...

    Well, maybe not crap (actually very fun), just impossible to control in any meaningful manner!
    There are some good videos on Youtube of the sort thing I mentioned

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    Re: Totally Off-The-Wall ICT Ideas Wanted!

    remote control fishing !
    build miniature RC submarines with working harpoons and video cameras, then go fish

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    Re: Totally Off-The-Wall ICT Ideas Wanted!

    I read somewhere about a guy who took a remote control car, strapped a wireless router with OpenWRT on it, and modified it to receive commands sent through a shell on the router. It used quite a bit of battery power (he modified the router to use batteries as well) - but it would be pretty cool, especially if you did a web front end for it!

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    Re: Totally Off-The-Wall ICT Ideas Wanted!

    Quote Originally Posted by torledo

    I've always liked the idea of spending some money on Netware 6.5 (don't laugh) licensing just to run netware, not netware/suse enterprise. I thing most people would think you nuts for going *back* to netware but it would work - and you'd have better joy with setting up printers
    I think you mean 'upgrading' to Netware...................


    8)

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    Re: Totally Off-The-Wall ICT Ideas Wanted!

    Quote Originally Posted by mrcrazy04
    I read somewhere about a guy who took a remote control car, strapped a wireless router with OpenWRT on it, and modified it to receive commands sent through a shell on the router. It used quite a bit of battery power (he modified the router to use batteries as well) - but it would be pretty cool, especially if you did a web front end for it!
    I quite like this idea - I think MIT did it with a robot that you could operate via the web. Again the main problem would be theft/vandalism, not to mention the h&S issues of having something roving around the place.

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    Re: Totally Off-The-Wall ICT Ideas Wanted!

    Have you ever tried flying one of those £25 helicopters outside? A real laugh if it's windy!

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    Re: Totally Off-The-Wall ICT Ideas Wanted!

    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy
    Have you ever tried flying one of those £25 helicopters outside? A real laugh if it's windy!
    They're not really designed for outdoors as they are too light. They are more suited to being used in a hall of some sort.

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    Re: Totally Off-The-Wall ICT Ideas Wanted!

    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk
    They're not really designed for outdoors as they are too light. They are more suited to being used in a hall of some sort.
    Like a school hall! :twisted:

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    Re: Totally Off-The-Wall ICT Ideas Wanted!

    There is a guy exhibits at BETT who does RC toys with PC interfaces. I always make a point of going up and having a word.. he started out with some fancy image processing s/w, when I met him at reaching teaching(?) in bolton whilst completely hung-over %-) Grid-something.... not "grid club" - we see them all over the place too mind anyone got a URL? Could be just the thing you're looking for.

    Edit: gottim: http://www.gridmagic.com/Q4Technolog...tSite.dll/Home

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    Re: Totally Off-The-Wall ICT Ideas Wanted!

    forget the Helicopter....what you want is an RC DragonFly!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZaQLJbOmqc

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    Re: Totally Off-The-Wall ICT Ideas Wanted!

    You could do what we have done.

    Buy a big TFT screen 32" - 50" and have a computer constantly running a looping powerpoint of whats going on in the school. Photo stories and video all work well in power point. All you need is an old 700mhz pc or above to run the thing.

    To aid ease of use, I have it networked, with real VNC running to allow me to stop and start it remotely, and a share where I can dump the packaged powerpoints.

    Cost s £600 for a 32" version. 2K would buy a really nice 50" and pay for the network point and power point.

    Kids love it.

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