Enjoy your food or a video game? There’s a social network for that, all designed around bringing you together with like-minded people who all enjoy what you enjoy. If you are a fan of drones, then why not try DJI+Discover, the social network for drone users.
Create a profile and ask all those questions you’ve wondered about new parts, how to build your personalised drone or the best drone on the market with like-minded people. If you just like the idea of drones you can also use the app to search for professional drone pilots or even drone photographers (that is people who take photos and videos with drones).
With options to filter a map of your surrounding area between all, social and professional, you can quickly filter out the people you want to connect with. As an added bonus why not check out its recommended flying spots and the user-submitted photos, seeing the area around you from a drone’s point of view.
With options and choices galore, why not check out the app if you are interested in, want to hire or just curious about drones and their users. With the ability to quickly organise and share materials, drone users should check out the app and share their photos for the world to see with aspiring and experienced drone users.
One of the world’s leading drone manufacturers, DJI, launched a beta version of its geofencing software to the US and Europe. Geofencing intends to address many of the recent incidents involving privately owned drones being flown in inappropriate airspace, by limiting the flight of drones in restricted airspace due to either official regulations or safety issues.
This new feature to be rolled out to DJI drones is named Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) and has two major functions to drone owners. Firstly, it will keep operators informed about areas that may have flight restrictions in place for any reason. It makes use of live information about any areas with temporary restrictions for a number of reasons, from disasters to crowded stadium events. Additionally, it will highlight any locations that are restricted for security purposes, for example, the airspace of prisons and power stations. Secondly, GEO will limit drones from taking off in these restricted zones, so as to deter potential mischief or harm caused by inappropriate use.
Of course, drone users may have legitimate reasons to fly their drone in an area deemed to be potentially restricted. Allowances have been implemented for such circumstances, as operators with verified DJI accounts will be able to unlock the flight restrictions in some areas, however, only if they supply valid credit or debit card information or a mobile telephone number. This will allow any unauthorized or unsafe drone use in these restricted areas to be traced back to its owner. DJI assures that the information supplied by operators will not be collected or stored and unlocking flight restrictions will come at no cost. This feature will not be available in all restricted flight zones, with locations such as Washington DC remaining a no-fly zone even with verification.
Currently, GEO is only in beta, and will require both an update to drone firmware as well as a version of the DJI Go app, available via an APK file for android users or by emailing email@example.com for the iOS version. For those unwilling to play with beta firmware, a release version from DJI shouldn’t be too far behind. Hopefully, initiatives like GEO combined with legal restrictions on drones and mandatory registration should bring a sharp drop in drone-related incidents. So long as those in charge of the restrictions are not too harsh, legitimate drone operators should not find too much issue with the restrictions either.
DJI will disable its drones over Washington, DC after an earlier incident which involved one of its Phantom drones crashing on the White House lawn.
The Chinese company told The Wall Street Journal that they will be using their GPS tracking system to remotely disable their drones from flying in the city. The company says that they have already utilised this capability to prevent flight near airports, but this will be the first time they have used it in a city. According to The Verge, the FAA already has a restriction on flight in the Washington, DC area, so such a restriction could have been implemented regardless of the recent incident.
It was on Monday that a DJI Phantom drone crashed on the lawn of the White House, an incident that was traced back to a (former?) government official who was flying the drone for “recreational purposes” at 3am (we’re as confused as you are).
Drones are becoming a pretty big subject of debate at the moment. Law makers are hastily trying to figure out how to regulate them, thanks to issues with privacy, aviation, commercial use and the safety of those walking beneath them. But one thing we don’t see in the press all too often, is when drones try to smuggle illegal drugs across borders.
One such drone tried, but failed. In a big way. The drone you see in the image above was found in a Mexican car park, not too far from the US border. It was carrying 2.7kg of methamphetamine – clearly a load too heavy for this dji Spreading Wings 900.
According to Mashable, the border authorities estimate that 150 drones have been involved with smuggling drugs into the US since 2012 – something that will no doubt be of concern to US lawmakers. It wouldn’t be surprising to see stories like this used as arguments against more liberal drone regulations, with the FAA and the FCC already looking at much more stringent rules for RC pilots.
Drones are expensive, but at the same time they’re things we send dangerously whizzing through the air. This guy learned those things the hard way, when he decided it would be a good idea to jump into a freezing canal to save his drone.
There’s little else to say about this, but just watch the video bellow. It’s hilarious.
GoPro is reportedly planning to introduce a line of consumer drones.
The Wall Street Journal says that the company, famous for its line of rugged High Definition cameras, will introduce its own drones next year. They say the drones will cost between $500 and $1000.
They say the move to sell drones is in response to a wave of competition to GoPro’s products from a number of companies including Sony and HTC. As a notable example, HTC recently introduced its RE Camera, a rugged, viewfinder-less camera that’s designed to be used for the same purposes as the GoPro. Although, that product may not fare too well considering its inhaler-like appearance.
The Journal also points out that it’s not just about cameras themselves – a number of drone manufacturers who previously provided special attachments for the use of a GoPro, are now including their own high definition cameras. This is most evident with the DJI Phantom, a drone which was often paired with a GoPro by its users, but its successor, the DJI Phantom 2 Vision, includes its own camera.
In a video interview with Frank Wang, the founder of the Chinese DJI drone makers, told Reuters that the future of drones depend on regulators. If successful it can become one of the biggest new markets.
It is not surprising that Frank Wang sees potential in this market. He started the company seven years ago with just a couple of people having fun and hoping to be able to support themselves. Last year the company made about 125 million revenue, targeting 4-5 times that much this year.
The danger for the company lies with government regulations. The Chinese market is mentioned to be much more relaxed in the regulation then for example the U.S, allowing for all the drone flight you’d like below 120 meters and in a 500 meter radius. Many countries are in the process of loosening their regulations when it comes to drone-flight and the FAA is also starting to approve some commercial applications.
DJI’s main product is the Phantom II, a ready to fly, lightweight-flying-camera drone that everybody can use. When creating the technology needed for their flying drones, they discovered that it could be used in other areas as well. They have now expanded into the handheld movie business, using the same camera steady and wireless video transmission technologies already developed.
Frank Wang compares the the current evolutionary state of flying-cameras to the time when the Apple II was launched. Before that time, computers were build in garages out of individual components. The release of the Apple II made the PC available for everybody and it is the same way with multi-rotor technology. Everyone can use the Phantom II.
He continues to tell that he believes the public concerns will subside within a couple of years. “When the general population learn about the potential of flying drones they will embrace them,” Wang told.
Thank you Reuters for providing us with this information