James Bridle Makes Drone Recognition Kit at SVA’s Visible Futures Lab

January 10, 2013

London-based artist, writer, publisher and technologist James Bridle recently wrapped a four-week stint as the first Artist in Residence at SVA’s newly opened Visible Futures Lab. A guest of the MFA Interaction Design and MFA Products of Design departments, the culmination of his residency resulted in a drone recognition kit, which he wrote about recently on his blog booktwo.org:

This kit consists of three models of contemporary military drones: the MQ-1 Predator, the RQ-170 Sentinel, and the RQ-4 Global Hawk. Human figures are included for scale.

The kit was produced using 3D modelling software and desktop 3D printing technologies, with the assistance of Digital Fabrication Specialist Carlos Cruz.

All three UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) depicted here are in use at the present time to provide situational awareness in conflict zones around the world for a number of armed forces, as well as in domestic use, including border patrol, forest fire and storm observation, and humanitarian relief. These three UAVs are all configured as unarmed surveillance drones, although they may be weaponised.

The kit is based on military and civilian recognition kits: collections of models used to train gunners, radar operators and visual observers.

To read the full post, visit booktwo.org. For more information about the Visible Futures Lab, click here.

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