Category Archives: Projects

Icarus First Person View Drone Racing Kit

Click here to check out the Icarus First Person View Drone Racing Kit, my Final Major Project I’ve just completed at Ravensbourne.

Please feel free to comment, share and check out my website at www.danjonesdesign.com.

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The Icarus First Person View Drone Racing Headset

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The Icarus first person drone racing kit is my final major project I am working on for university.  It is a ready-to-race kit that enables users to experience first person view drone racing in a safe and affordable way.

The above image has all of the internal components for the Icaras first person view drone racing headset laid out prior to assembly.  I designed all of the parts in SolidWorks and 3D printed them out using an Ultimaker 2 in black PLA.

The externally visible parts have been sanded, filled and sprayed to fit the colour scheme of the finished product.
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The above image shows the internal structure in its assembled form.  The blue wheel rotates to tighten the internal smartphone locking mechanism.  To release the lock, simply press down on the top button and rotate in the opposite direction.

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This is a shot of my HTC phone in position streaming a stereoscopic video of a FPV drone race.  The phone is comfortably locked into position and the focal distance is correct.  Time for some fast paced, FPV drone racing action!

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Phone Locking Mechanism For FPV Racing Goggles

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This is the phone locking mechanism I’ve designed for my First Person View (FPV) racing goggle university project.  On the left is the initial test piece and on the right the final test piece.  A clockwise twist will lock the phone into position and when you want to release it, press the button and rotate it anti-clockwise.  Simples!  To use that is, designing it all to fit into a headset and accommodate several phone sizes… not so simples.

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Student Starpack Competition Winner

Pincraft Photography has been awarded a Silver Star Award and joint third place in the Student Starpack 2015 competition. My design solution for Brief D: New Use For Corrugated Board is a completely recyclable and reusable pinhole camera service and product.
The user can easily assemble the pinhole camera in ten minutes, snap 12 unique black and white images on 120 film and use the camera as the packaging to return the film for developing and printing. The design is kept minimal to encourage the user to customise their Pincraft camera by adding their own artwork and accessories.

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Work In Progress

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Just a quick status update and a picture of some concept sketches for my final uni project I’m working on.

I’ve been very busy lately with university coming to an end soon so I apologise for the lack of posts.  I will update the blog again soon as the project develops further, I’ll also be adding more cool stuff, inspirational nuggets and music bits.  Thanks for your patience!

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More Pincraft photos

Dome Lights

Inside the dome, 2m 30s exposure

Working Rolls Road Skyline Cutting Board 3D PrinterI’ve been playing around with some ISO 200 B&W film in my Pincraft pinhole camera and here are a few photographs I’ve taken.  Apart from the shot of the London skyline, these shots were taken inside after sunset.

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Pincraft Photography Camera & Service

Pincraft Square

Pincraft Sketch

Remove the winders

Remove the winders

Apply the return sticker

Apply the return sticker

Done!

Done!

Pop it in the post

Pop it in the post

So this is the final form of my Pincraft Photography pinhole camera.  It’s certainly a case of form following function.  I’ve kept the graphical side of things to a minimum in the attempt to encourage the user to add their own artwork, be it that of a child or an artist.

This flat packed, easy-to-assemble, zero waste, fully functioning and pretty-darn-good-quality-pinhole-camera shoots 12 shots on to black & white 120 film.  The service concept behind the project is to provide a full service in which the film unit not only houses and exposes the film, but also provides the packaging solution to return the film for development.


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