a99 wrote: ↑Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:38 pmCan somone from more engineering people count what kitedrone must have playload power to drag on surffoil (like moses 633 onda) standart 75 kg kiter (+with wetsuite and harness)? Something as 25-30kg probably ? Or less ? Just drag as in this above video (and of course starting on foil somehow).
leeuwen wrote: ↑Sun Jan 05, 2020 3:14 pmDrones? No way that is going to have any kind of mass market product available anytime soon.
There are still lots of problems, just to name a few:
1) First you need someone else to steer it or some way to steer it yourself. If you think AI will magically make it work independently you are kidding yourself.
Sure it might be able to run a set track but then you basically have a very expensive cable park. Also the AI would need to know how to work around waves/shore break and other people on the water. Not only is that a super hard problem it is also something where there is a very small market for. Nobody is going to trow billions at that to develop it.
What could maybe work is a control system for the person riding but I am not sure how feasible it is to make something that is sturdy enough, easy to use, water/salt proof and for a reasonable price.
2) The noise! Part of the charm of wind powered sports is being out in nature. Can you imagine the hell of a sound a couple of these drones would make? Pretty sure it will be banned at any spot where there is either people or nature reserves nearby.
3) Power density of the battery is not there yet. Getting a foiler up and running is relatively low power requirement. Doing some kind of session like a twintip with bigair won't be possible anytime soon.
Even for foiling it seems like an overly complex solution which adds nothing compared to the efoil.
I do give the efoil a good chance of success if prices go down below 5k especially if battery tech gets into a state that the board can get lighter (and less bulky).
The Wizard Wand for Typhoon Quadcopter from Yuneec condenses all of the quadcopter's flight and gimbal controls into a small unit that works like a TV remote. It also gives you a Point-N-Fly function that lets you literally point to where you want the drone to position itself instead of using the standard flight controls to move it.
Its times like this where mods should delete posts.
You are really shure regarding top 10 dudes incomes ?plummet wrote: ↑Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:32 pmHe's my unfounded guess.
The top 10 dudes like Kevin, Aaron, Nick will be making $200-$300k plus travel/accom etc
The next tear down. maybe top 10-20 will be $60-$100k dependant on online presence.
Then after than. Rats and mice. Dudes will be lucky to scrape a living and will rely on other forms of supplementary income.
Equipment might be provided, maybe travel costs. Sometimes just discounted kites......
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