Just before my accident I was close to buying a drone.
Once I was starting to get a little more movement in my left arm and could control an iPad I started to research drones that could be controlled from a phone or a tablet.
Parrrot Bebop 2
Thats when I found the Parrot Bebop 2. This is a great mid-range drone that takes decent photos and videos.
It can be controlled via Virtual Joysticks on a tablet or phone and has great flight planning software.
I was able to use the software to plot a course with waypoints and then just send it off on its way. It would fly it's pre-programmed course and come land where you had told it too!
This was great as I could plan the course at home in the warmth and then when I would travel to location I wouldn't even need to leave the van ! My ground crew (usually my Dad) would set the drone up and I would upload the flight plan and off it would go.
Gone Fishing on Parrot Bebop 2
So this is one of my first videos, It was flown with a flight plan shown below.
After a lot of physio and perseverance , I can now move my left arm and have regained some function. I can now fly a drone after making some modifications.
My Dad glued some ping-pong balls onto the joysticks of the controller and painted them black. Using Go-pro mounts we attached the controller to a piece of wood that slides between my table and the swing away chair controls. I can fly the drone using a combination of the modified controller and the Dji-go app on my tablet.
I use a GlassOuse assistive mouse to access the Dji go app . There are various smart functions built into the app such as tap-fly. When this function is activated you simply tap on the screen to go that direction, you can tap above the horizon to ascend and below the horizon to descend. Tapping to the left or right will turn that direction.
Takeoff and landing can also be accessed through the app, once you take off in the precision mode the drone will figure out exactly where it has taken off from and once you activate return to home, via the app or the controller it will come back and land pretty much exactly where it took off from! There are even obstacle avoidance sensors to stop it crashing into something!
Once all of the footage is recorded I then edit it all using iMovie on my MacBook Pro, that I control using GlassOuse , which is an assistive mouse that basically combines a mouse with glasses and a bite clicker.