This article was taken from the August 2014 issue of Wired magazine. Be the first to read Wired's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online.
These objects may have names like Heron and Hawk, but this is no birdwatching guide -- it's for drones. Inspired by twitchers' field notes, Dutch designer Ruben Pater, 29, created the Drone Survival Guide, which illustrates 26 types of UAV, drawn to scale.
Pater is crowdsourcing translations of the leaflet online -- it's reached 32 languages -- and plans to add sound recordings this summer. "Some drones fly so high you can't see them, but you can hear them," he says. "People need to know if it's a Predator, or is someone playing around?"
DRONE SURVIVAL GUIDE
Our ancestors could spot natural predators from far by their silhouettes. Are we equally aware of the predators in the present-day? Drones are remote-controlled planes that can be used for anything from surveillance and deadly force, to rescue operations and scientific research. Most drones are used today by military powers for remote-controlled surveillance and attack, and their numbers are growing. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) predicted in 2012 that within 20 years there could be as many as 30.000 drones flying over U.S. Soil alone. As robotic birds will become commonplace in the near future, we should be prepared to identify them. This survival guide is an attempt to familiarise ourselves and future generations, with a changing technological environment.
This document contains the silhouettes of the most common drone species used today and in the near future. Each indicating nationality and whether they are used for surveillance only or for deadly force. All drones are drawn in scale for size indication. From the smallest consumer drones measuring less than 1 meter, up to the Global Hawk measuring 39,9 meter in length.
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The guide contains tactics for hiding from drones and interfering with the drones’ sensors, collected from various online sources. Health Ranger’s intelligence analysis of military drones: payloads,... and‘The Al-Qaida Papers - Drones’, Associated Press, Feb 2013. To keep this document widely available it can be downloaded in .pdf or .doc format. Send a new translation to us and receive a free printed Drone Survival Guide. All translations will be shared here. The Drone Survival Guide is collected and translated as a form of civil initiative, not for profit and without government or commercial funding and/or support.
A REFLECTIVE FORM
One of the techniques for misleading a drone's camera is putting reflective material on the rooftops of houses or cars (glass, mirror) to try to reflect sunlight into the drone's camera, making this poster a useful tool to interfere with the drone's sensors. On a more associative level the mirrored material reminds us that drone surveillance is ultimately people watching people. In a way we are looking at ourselves through sophisticated mirrors.
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I downloaded the poster. This is very useful info, thanks!
Thanks Nikki, this is the kind of info folks need to be backing up and printing out for the future. I'm actually tempted to buy one of posters that they are offering.
Wow. I clicked on the Wired link and was told I broke the interwebs. Sorry, they can't help Me. Heh. Did They take the article down?