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User Experience – The Drone at the Instameet Dublin 2016.

This is part of my weekly blog on User Experience for my college assignment.

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of partaking in the first INSTAMEET in Europe.  This was hosted by Irish Rail and the ‘JJ Community’ and was a free event.  We all met in Connolly Station  (about 80 of us in total) and having had complimentary  tea and  coffee with pastries to set us up for a couple of hours we set off on our mystery tour with nothing but INSTAGRAM on our minds.

We arrived at our destination within approximately 20 minutes – Skerries, Co. Dublin. This town has just won the overall award of ‘Best Tidy Town in Ireland’.  After initial introductions and allocation to our  individual group leaders, we set off to the windmills and mill house which were in close proximity to the train station.


One of the organisers had a drone (3DR)  and he set it up to have a sky view of all of the group at the windmill site.  It was very interesting to watch how this little piece of equipment was put together.  It was all carried in a neat little case which was carried as a backpack.


If you are into game controls you will love this little console.  This photo below is a snapshot of a video that was put up on Twitter by Irish Rail.  Very innovative.  A great User Experience.


We had a great day exploring the wonderful sights that Skerries had to offer.  I had not been there since I was in my teens.  The beach and promenade offered many INSTAGRAM moments.  Half of the INSTAMEET had phones which had a camera facility and the other half had cameras of all shapes and sizes.  It was great to watch how and where everyone took their photos and each of them have their own individual technique. After a productive morning of Instagramming  in lovely sunshine, even thought it got a little chilly down by the seashore, we made our way to our selected restaurant for a well-deserved lunch.  Overall, it was a great day.

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