At CES, a whole new flock of fly-high, fly-fast, fly-bad drones were introduced and now the category is suddenly destined to be the next monstrous consumer category. Some were so small they fit in the palm of your hand. In fact, I think I stepped on one in the show’s crowded aisles … but it might have been popcorn. I couldn’t see with all the folks mobbing the show floor, but I distinctly heard a crunch. Speaking of crunch, just in case you missed the “hot” news, Bezos’ Amazon drone delivered some guy a box of popcorn and suddenly the postal and every delivery services are facing extinction? [Read more…]
I’m curious about the business strategy DJI is demonstrating by shipping the remote control of the latest version of the ever popular Phantom series with a built-in (optional) android based tablet. This is the first remote across the entire DJI platform which will incorporate a native screen. Early specs indicate the built-in screen will be brighter than an iPad and have a slightly higher resolution, but comparing the hardware specs in not my goal here. [Read more…]
You’ve heard it a million times: the ag-tech / drone community loves to discuss forecasts that indicate world population is going to double in the next 50 years, and in that period farmers must double their output in order to meet demand. [Read more…]
A dirty little secret in the drone industry: many (non-DJI) drone companies are using ArduPilot as the brain in their aircrafts, and they’re not always holding up their end on the bargain. ArduPilot is a GPLv3 open-source project which allows it to be used on commercial products for free. Companies that use ArduPilot are required to acknowledge its use to the end user, and provide source code when shipping product (along with a few other stipulations). [Read more…]
If you’re reading Drone Coalition you’re probably excited about the future of the drone industry, and you’re curious where career opportunities exist across the industry. Although there are endless opportunities to provide aerial services as a drone operator, I refuse to go that route and this discussion will focus more on “platform” companies (typically Saas) that have the potential to scale globally.
Most of our projects are either free or minimally monetized. This being the case it is challenging for me to avoid falling into the operator trap. Sure it is fun going for broke in the ‘independent drone app’ hustle, but at times you’ll find yourself thinking it would be nice to have a paycheck. [Read more…]
I was invited to the GoPro new product launch and media event in Lake Tahoe this week and will be sharing info, updates and my first impressions hands-on with the new GoPro Karma drone and gimbal system, as well as the new HERO5. Check back for updates throughout the day!
After experimenting with my own kit build of the “Osmo Rover v1.0” here on Drone Coalition, I took it to NAB this year and got a chance to have a great discussion with Joe at Eclipse Rover about the design hurdles in perfecting UGVs (Unmanned Ground Vehicles) for cine/video use. So we’ve agreed to run several of his models through a series of tests, configurations and some real-world production to see what the best combination of UGV and camera configuration provides is with the best results.
(Author- Jeff Foster)
Who hasn’t dreamed of becoming a pilot? Sitting in the cockpit, stepping on the gas, taking-off and seeing the landscape pass right before their eyes Today, Parrot makes this dream accessible to everyone with Parrot Disco, the first easy-to-fly, fixed-wing drone designed for a fully immersive flight experience. The ultra-lightweight, Parrot Disco is powerful, reaching 50 mph and offering 45 min of flight time. [Read more…]