Solo is the ultimate tool for dronogaphy. 3D Robotics has unveiled a new drone designed specifically for shooting aerial video. The Solo drone can autonomously fly itself along a predetermined flightpath, allowing you to focus on panning, tilting and zooming the camera to grab the perfect shot. Its built-in computers offer “Smart Shots” programs for automated, professional-level cinematography.
The Solo drone is full of amazing tools to automate and simplify shooting. The 3DR drone will be sold as an open platform, allowing hackers to play with the hardware and software. 3DR’s control app gives Solo a range of different flight options including Cable Cam mode, and Orbit Mode. Specs include a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor in the drone as well as an identical processor in the controller. The smart drone also features 3DRs new Pixhawk 2 autopilot, which will fly the drone back to its launch point.
The Solo alone weighs 1500 grams; with the attached Gimbal and GoPro, the total weight comes to 1800 grams. The worlds first smart drone provides up to 20 minutes of flying time, and features a Wi-Fi range of up to one-half mile. Live video from the GoPro in flight can be streamed wirelessly to an iOS or Android device.
Solo is set to hit stores in May, and will go for $999 for just the drone, and $1,399 with the camera gimbal.
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