AirDog Sports Drone

The AirDog sports drone is an automated drone kit specifically made for extreme sports enthusiasts. Designed by Helico Aerospace Industries, this drone is the ultimate GoPro accessory capable of capturing action shots and dronography of people while they are surfing a monster wave, snowboarding down a steep hill, or kite-surfing through choppy waters.

AirDog Action Drone

AirDog Action Drone

Unlike other camera drones on the market, the AirDog is small, portable, agile, and easy to carry. The intelligent device comes with AirDog’s smartphone application and the AirLeash, a signal tracker that works with the AirDog drone to communicate the user’s position in the water or on the slope. Once the AirDog calibrates the user’s position, the drone points the GoPro at the individual who is wearing the AirLeash.

The AirDog sports drone takes off and lands on its own accord, giving you the flexibility you need to perform a gravity-defying snowboard trick or radical skateboard maneuver. Helico Aerospace’s engineering team created this autonomous flight capability after spending many months tinkering with intelligent flight algorithms. The AirDog can also be controlled manually or used as a handheld camera.

AirDog’s mobile application is compatible with both iOS and Android devices.

Helico is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to receive public funding for this unique auto-follow smart drone.

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Hexo+ Autonomous Drone

Meet the HEXO+ the autonomous aerial camera – perfect for enthusiastic movie makers and action sports lovers!

The HEXO+, a drone is designed to autonomously follow you with a video camera for the sake of getting incredible aerial footage for your dronography projects. The HEXO+ will sync a drone pilot, a cameraman and a rider.

Founder Xavier de le Rue holds a HEXO+ drone.

Founder Xavier de le Rue holds a HEXO+ drone.

The autonomous drone can follow you by itself, with no pilot or cameraman needed. The drone operates by tracking your iPhone, communicating with it using a protocol called MAVLink (micro air vehicle link). A smartphone app lets you tell the drone how to frame the shot relative to your body, and all that’s left to do after that is speed off on your motorcycle or snowboard.

Simply put, the Hexo+ is just a drone that comes equipped with an autonomous flight controller, but it’s that flight controller, and the software that make this drone kit different from the rest.

The HEXO+ is priced at $499 if you own a GoPro camera, or $699 if you need both the craft and camera. The project is currently listed in KickStarter — where it has raised over $160,000 — with an estimated shipment date of May 2015.

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Parrot MiniDrone Rolling Spider

Rolling Spider Drone Review

Parrot Rolling Spider Drone

Parrot Rolling Spider Drone

The brand new Parrot MiniDrone Rolling Spider flying drone has caused quite a stir in the world of portable drone kit enthusiasts. Its compact size and ease of assembly have made it an instant favorite with model makers and flying drone lovers all over the world. It is also the perfect gift to give to kids and teens in order to develop a healthy fascination with the emerging science of dronography.

The Parrot MiniDrone Rolling Spider is noted for its amazing agility. This rolling mini-quad has the ability to adapt to conditions both indoors and outdoors with equal aplomb. The spider drone is a compact flying drone that rips through the air, flips and thanks to its removable wheels, rolls from floor to ceiling.

The Parrot mini drone is one of the surest, most reliable drone flyers currently available on the market place, and one of the few that can achieve a full vertical take off. It is specially equipped with a built in ultrasound that will analyze flight altitude at a distance of up to 4 meters. After this height has been achieved, a precision engineered pressure sensor takes over in order to control the drone. Simply put, if you’re searching for the ultimate in quadcopter efficiency, the Parrot MiniDrone deserves to be at the top of your 2014 wish list.

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Parrot’s Bebop Drone is Your Fisheye in the Sky

Parrot has unveiled the new Bebop drone kit designed for both indoor and outdoor flying. The new Parrot Bebop Drone (AR.Drone 3.0) features a full HD video camera, built-in GPS, image-stabilizing sensors and Oculus Rift compatibility.

Parrot Bebop Drone

Above: Parrot Bebop with kid pilot
Image Credit: Parrot

Parrot’s third generation drone uses a 14-megapixel fisheye camera that records in full HD. The recorded video can be viewed in real-time on a smartphone or tablet, which is used to control the drone with an iOS or Android app.

The Bebop also offers a range-boosting Skycontroller. This device holds the tablet and acts as a Wi-Fi relay, boosting the tablet’s signal by 36dBm and expanding the drone’s range out to 2 kilometers – the Bebop UAV has a flight time of 12 minutes and is designed for aerial photos and videos – perfect for droneography!

Drone footage can be viewed in real time on a phone, tablet, HDTV or virtual reality headset such as Oculus Rift for a drone’s eye view.

If ever the Bebop’s propellers come in contact with anything, they automatically stop spinning. They’re also now made of a softer plastic to do much less damage with whatever they do come in contact with.

Both devices are slated for release sometime in the fourth quarter of the year—right in time for the 2014 holiday shopping season.

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Parrot Mini Drone

Parrot Mini Drone

Lightweight and Fun to Operate

Parrot Mini Drone

Parrot Mini Drone

If you are looking to take your drone to places that it has never been before, then the all-new Parrot Mini Drone may just be the perfect drone for you. The new offering from Parrot, the French GPS maker turned drone manufacturer, is a spin-off of the company’s popular AR model and it comes in at an astounding one tenth the size of the original, larger version. While the drone kit’s size limits the amount of weight it can hold and the drone does not come with a camera, it does offer a set of removable wheels that will help you take your drone to places that were previously thought unimaginable.

You will enjoy rolling along walls, floors and ceilings with a signal from your mobile phone to your drone kit via low power Bluetooth versus the WiFi option of the original. The rolling drone is flight operational at the push of a button. The Parrot Mini Drone’s wheels can be raised remotely for flights operations. With this dual functionality, the Parrot Mini Drone is likely to find many fans who demand a smaller drone with unique capabilities. The tiny UAV is so compact that you could actually fit one into the pocket of your jeans, if the need presented itself and you may be able to launch it without detection. The acrobatic actions of the Parrot Mini Drone are fascinating and should keep drone enthusiasts excited for many hours of flight and ground operations.

The Parrot Mini Drone was unveiled along with the Parrot Jumping Sumo Drone at CES 2014.

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Parrot Jumping Sumo Drone

Jumping Sumo Drone

Parrot Sumo Drone

Parrot Sumo Drone

The technology company Parrot has unveiled a new and exciting gadget at CES 2014. This is none other than the Jumping Sumo, a robot that can be controlled by smartphones. This drone device will undoubtedly be groundbreaking in the tech world and should generate a great deal of interest in the public.

The Sumo is a rolling drone that operates on the ground and has a pair of heavy duty rubber wheels that makes it move. In addition, the drone kit includes a camera at it’s front that allows users to view content remotely. The Sumo bot moves fairly quickly and can even literally stop on a dime. It can jump into the air at up to 80 centimeters, including over obstacles or gaps, and is capable of making sharp turns of 90 degrees while in motion. The jumping drone bot relies on Wi-Fi to function and can use 2.4GHz or up to 5GHz.

In addition to these great features, the Jumping Sumo also has a pair of headlights made from LED lights, which gives it a cute eye like appearance. The miniature robot is reminiscent of Parrot’s earlier release that is considerably larger and should be a hit with any technology fanatic who needs the latest and greatest gadgets. It is said that the Sumo will be available soon but there is no definite release date yet.

The Parrot Sumo Drone was unveiled along with the Parrot Mini Drone at CES 2014.

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Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter

Phantom 2 Vision Drone

Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter

Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter

The original DJI Phantom UAV quadcopter – four rotors in an X configuration – has already proven its capabilities for precision flight and stable hovering and has been employed as a platform for drone photography.

However, while the Phantom required purchase and mounting of a camera to utilize the Phantom’s flying ability, the Phantom 2 Vision includes a quadcopter based on the original Phantom and a powerful camera on a tiltable mount.

The Phantom 2 Vision is a physically and digitally integrated drone kit that provides its owner with a quick and easy aerial dronography experience in a single 2.6 lb. (1160 g) package.The Phantom quadcopter, with its 25 min of flight time provided by an advanced Li polymer based battery, provides plenty of time to investigate and visually capture anything within the Phantom’s nearly 1000 ft. (300 m) flying radius given the Phantom’s power to fly at up 33 ft./s (10 m/s) horizontal speeds and up to 20 ft./s (6 m/s) vertical speeds. The quadcopter’s hand held flight controller communicates at 5.8 GHz ISM over this (open area) radius.

The high performance camera supplied with the Phantom 2 Vision – looking much like a surveillance camera – shoots 14 megapixel still photos and 1080p30/60i HD video to its included 4GB micro SD card. The camera allows 140°, 120° and 90° views. Additionally, up to a 35° downward tilt can be remotely controlled—along with all camera parameters – through the supplied DJI VISION App for iPhone, iPad and certain smartphones. The Phantom 2 Vision drone kit will be featured at the CES 2014 Conference.

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AR Drone Power Edition

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Power Edition

AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition

AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition

Summer may be on its way out, but don’t let that stop you from having some fun outside with the AR.Drone 2.0 from Parrot. The Power Edition drone kit offers some pretty cool features absent from the standard model, and it’s really easy to get it up and running. If you’re not familiar with these toy drones, let’s go through a rundown of what they’re all about.

The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 is a fun little flying quadricopter that runs off mobile devices. Think of an RC copter for your iPhone or Android; as long as you have a Wi-Fi signal, you can run this off of basically any Android or iOS device. The AR Power Edition drone is about the size of a large RC car, and it has a 720p front-mounted camera so you can see the world through its eyes, and record the journey. The Power Edition UAV is perfect for dronography.

The Power Edition domestic drone comes in different colors and with additional propellers, either as replacements or for customization purposes, something that was lacking with the previous version. The drone app has also seen a marked improvement this time around, something owners of the previous Drone will be happy to see. The Power Edition possesses the FreeFlight control system, allowing pinpoint controls based on the pilot, rather than the Drone’s current direction, which sets it apart from other similar toys, as well as RC devices with which you may be more familiar.

It comes complete with two extended life high-density batteries, allowing for over 35 minutes of flight time – 50% more than the previous the UAV. It costs $369.99, which is more pricey than the original, but with so many new additions, it’s a fair increase. The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Power Edition is available online and from many retailers.

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Drone It Yourself Kit

DIY (Drone It Yourself) Kit

Drone It Yourself Kit

Drone It Yourself Kit

The effects of technological advancement are all around us. As robotics, automation, and unmanned transport evolve into something more than pipe-dreams, the world looks on in anticipation. What will be next? Bringing home such specialized and previously unattainable forms of technology is exactly what Dutch inventor, Jasper van Loenden, has recently done; introducing the Drone It Yourself Kit.

Packed ergonomically within the convenience of a suitcase, the Drone It Yourself Kit gives anyone the power to make a drone aircraft out of virtually any lightweight, household item. Want to make a bicycle wheel drone? That’s easy. How about a flying teddy-bear? Fit him with the kit, and off he goes. So, how does this civilian-ready, drone kit actually work?

Jasper Van Loenden recently created the drone kit, which is composed of attachable propellers and the other apparatus required for flying. Fit your item of choice with the UAV kit, and it is instantly able to take flight. Made of 3d printable ABS plastics, the kit is widely considered a civilian engineering masterpiece. The plans for the suitcase drone kit were subsequently made available online for anyone who wants them – free of cost.

The implications of such a kit are naturally immense. With military-like quality, anyone can potentially put a presence in the sky. With such presence comes subsequent abilities and choices. It is yet to be seen how impactful or non-impactful this new, easily obtained, technological offering may turn out to be. However, for now, it is certainly a great example of technological power making its way straight down to the regular civilian, you and I, at ground level.

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Aerial Photography Drone | UAV Photography

Dronography

Aerial Photography drone

Aerial Photography drone

Drone technology is relatively new and provides multiple possibilities. Drone photography (dronography) can do what traditional photography cannot. Consider the rich and full view of sporting events, the details that could be captured with drone technology at events like the Superbowl. Without the barriers of traditional photography, there is no limit to the moments that could be captured.

Other big events would benefit greatly from the use of drones as well. Think about catastrophic events like natural disasters and the many advantages to the use of drones. Drone Journalism is likely to become a big part of news coverage as the technology continues to emerge and advance. The key to drones is that they can go where people can’t. Droneography could capture news worthy shots that a reporter couldn’t get close to.

In addition to the big events, other “news worthy” items like celebrity news and fashion lend themselves to the use of drones. While it may not be great news for those in the spotlight, drone photography could be extremely lucrative for the celebrity chasing paparazzi out there. Considering the high price for the right celeb pic, and the difficulty to get these highly prized shots by traditional methods, drones could become a huge money maker in the celebrity news business.

It’s not just big events and famous people that are potential uses for UAV photography. Drones can be used for anything from basic areal photography to environmental research. some of the best opportunities are smaller events. Consider private events like weddings. People hire wedding photographers to capture their once in a lifetime special moment, but a traditional photographer is limited, where as a drone can uniquely capture a memory like nothing else.

Stay tuned for pizza and sushi drones!

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