What happens when you use ducted fans instead of open blade propellors on a UAV*?
*UAV = Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
The machines get very cool. This is a photo of me holding a QuadPuck prototype. I'm at the Pasadena, CA office of Ashima Devices, Inc., clowning around with the equipment. Yes, we have the patent for ducted fans in a unibody fuselage.
The photo gives you a context as to fuselage form, size (when compared to an old, fat, white hair'd man), etc. (Not quite old enough to spend the afternoons sitting on a park bench feeding pigeons, but close)
This is the competition:
One interesting fact when dealing with unibody fuselages with ducted fans is that you can make the fuselage look like just about anything within the general symmetry needed for a flying object of this type. It doesn't have to look like a little toy helicopter.
There is a new definition for "drone"...