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…]
Company becomes the fully-native, cross-platform solution for drone operators
SAN FRANCISCO — September 14, 2016 — Kittyhawk, the drone fleet management company, is proud to announce the availability of its industry-leading platform on Android. Commercial drone operators can now use Android devices to easily adhere to the recently-introduced FAA Part 107 regulations, and benefit from the same pre-flight intelligence, post-flight insights and in-flight peace of mind that has already served thousands of their peers. With Kittyhawk for Android, the company now becomes the full-featured platform with native applications for iOS, Android, and the web.
Kittyhawk is solving the growing challenge of how to manage commercial drone fleets and their operators. The new Android app allows users to check airspace and weather; create and share checklists; log flights visible to everyone in an organization; and keep track of all their assets like aircraft, locations and battery cycles. For those operating in teams, this means vital group and fleet information can be shared seamlessly across an entire organization and to every pilot in the field—ensuring collaboration and creating a culture of safety.
“After nearly two years of evolving the Kittyhawk experience on other ecosystems and completing a recent financing round, we knew it was time to invest in expanding into Android,” said CEO Jon Hegranes.
“We believe drone software and tools should be as cool, reliable and innovative as the aircraft we fly. Our launch on the Google Play Store is another big step in fulfilling this vision.”
Kittyhawk is rapidly becoming the standard fleet management choice for all drone pilots, including the estimated 600,000 commercial drones coming online this year alone. New regulations for both hobbyists and commercial operators is making intelligent drone management critical for every flight. With more than 10,000 flights logged to date, Kittyhawk is helping pilots of all skill levels quantify their abilities and maintain their craft more accurately than ever before.
“I’ve been flying things large and small for years and I was thrilled when I found Kittyhawk—in many ways, they are doing for drones what software like Foreflight did for traditional aviation,” said Arlo Watkins, a private pilot and one of the first RPIC Certificate holders in the country. “The Android app makes it even easier to collaborate across all my devices, and is a perfect complement to the iOS and web applications we’ve been using for the last year.”
Kittyhawk is a completely free and unlimited platform for pilots with any fleet size. It also offers premium subscriptions for more serious individuals or organizations that need team features and enterprise-grade service.
Download Kittyhawk for Android for free from the Google Play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=io.kittyhawk.
Kittyhawk is the drone fleet management company. Based in San Francisco, California, the venture-backed company was co-founded by tech entrepreneurs and sUAS experts Jon Hegranes and Josh Ziering. Kittyhawk’s mission is to make it easy for commercial drone operators to create a culture of safety by giving them critical pre-flight information and valuable insights derived from data after their flight. Find out more at https://kittyhawk.io/.
Amazing! Now you can sit indoors by the fireplace and get some idea of what it is like to fly a Parrot AR Drone!
The new app is available both for Android and IOS and costs less than $2.50. This makes it a inexpensive investment for any newbies thinking of getting into quadcopter flying. Although the app is by no means perfect, it does represent a decent value and will at least you some indication of how your real AR can be controlled.
The app offers various scenarios, including indoor (large warehouse) flying and outdoor as well as a mock-up of the official Parrot Race course for the finals in Las Vegas! You can adjust the point of view as being from the ground (on takeoff) or being the front camera or the bottom camera on the AR Drone.
I’d like to see telemetry added so that an on-screen counters show you speed, height, battery life, etc.
A few screen shots are shown below. You can also check out a video of the flying at: