It’s not everyday you get invited to Sir Richard Branson’s private Island, Necker, so why not film it? That’s exactly what Chris Anderson and his team from 3D Robotics did… and the footage is amazing.
If you’re thinking about getting the new DJI Phantom 3, think again! 3D Robotics have just released Solo, “the world’s first smart drone and with a price tag of $999 and with it’s open source flight controller, this UAV could take some market share away from DJI.
Solo is a breakthrough in intelligent flight. It’s not just smarter so that it can do more; it’s smarter so that you have to do less. We’ve turned the Hollywood toolkit into software, and allowed everyone to experience epic video, both behind and in front of the camera. — Chris Anderson.
The 3DR Solo is available for pre-order via 3DR’s store.
3DR are releasing a new “prosumer” next Monday, and they’ve created a teaser video to wet your appetite. Apparently it’s going to be so easy to fly, a monkey could do it 😉
Checkout the teaser video below.
UAV mapping is getting easier by the day. From agriculture to mining and construction, companies are looking for real time mapping to increase efficiency and boost revenue. Reliable hardware and cost effective software tools are now readily available to be up and mapping in days. The video tutorial below walks you through the basics of getting started.
It’s like Google Play but for drones!
Unlike other APIs for drones, there are no levels of access to DroneKit; it’s completely flexible and open,” said Brandon Basso, VP of software engineering at 3DR. “The platform works on laptops as well as mobile devices. Best of all, once an app is created, the app automatically works on any computing platform—the interface is always the same.
Kike Calvo from National Geographic reviews 3DR’s Iris+. Well worth a read if you’re considering purchasing a platform for aerial photography.
The Iris was co-developed by Chris Anderson, who was the editor-in-chief of WIRED Magazine until 2012. In October 2007, Anderson flew a remote-controlled aircraft equipped with a camera over Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which ended up crashing into a tree. Despite a bit of a rough landing, this experience inspired him to co-found 3D Robotics, a robotics manufacturing company which was a spin-off of the website DIYdrones.com. Today, 3D Robotics produces the Ardupilot series of autopilots, which are based on the Arduino platform.