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Move over Beyonce! 540 robots perform at world’s most watched music festival

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Did you think this week’s Super Bowl was the biggest TV spectacle? Think again.

As the rest of the world fawned over the Super Bowl 50 half-time performance, over in China another spectacle was taking place.

China’s CCTV Spring Festival Gala is the most watched TV show on earth with over 700 million people tuning in each year. This year the event was held live from 5 different locations, but the highlight was this high-tech performance out of Guangzhou.

To ring in the Chinese New Year, a troupe of 540 dancing robots performed live in a synchronized display of Chinese artistry and technical knowhow. It was a performance reminiscent of the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremonies, except this one was purely high tech.

While the robots displayed only limited movement, the scale of the performance was a sight to behold. The most impressive move, was when the entire troupe performed handstands followed by what could be best described as head spins – without the spin.

Accompanied by singer Sun Nan, the performance ended with a shower of confetti from 29 drones that lit up the Guangzhou skyline with neon lights.

Via Shanghaiist

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DJI launches new Mavic Air drone

It’s the size of a smartphone!

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DJI is at it again with its consumer quadcopters.

The Chinese company has launched the new Mavic Air and it fits right between the Mavic Pro and the smaller Spark. Think of the Spark’s size but with the folding arms of its predecessor.

DJI says the Mavic Air is lighter by 41 percent compared to its previous model but receives the entire gesture system of the Spark — something that attracts consumers. This means you can make it snap a photo, make it move to a different spot, and call it back to land by simple hand actions.

Using your hand to manipulate the drone has a range limit of almost 6 meters (19 feet). Connect a smartphone and it bumps up the range to 80 meters, but using a dedicated remote will increase that to 4km.

Just like the Mavic Pro, the Mavic Air has a 4K video resolution, 12-megapixel image sensor, and three-axis gimbal. It also has HDR, and low-light shooting to help you achieve better photos in general. DJI also threw in a new software algorithm that lets users stitch together 32-megapixel shots for panoramas and photo spheres.

DJI added 8GB of internal storage to the Mavic Air. There’s also a USB-C port which is a bump up from the Pro’s micro-USB, although battery life saw a downgrade as the new Air has a maximum flight time of 21 minutes. In real-life usage, that means around 16 minutes.

Don’t let it dishearten you, since position tracking, obstacle avoidance, and the ventilation system have all been improved according to DJI.

Finally, and unlike the Pro, it comes in different colors. The new Mavic Air will be available in white, black, or red. Pricing will start at US$ 799 which is a little more expensive than the Spark but more affordable than the Mavic Pro. Pre-orders start immediately and shipping will commence next week.

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Pocket drone AirSelfie2 takes selfies to new heights

Take fly photos! This pocket drone is made for selfie lovers

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In 2018, selfies are getting even better.

AirSelfie, the company behind last year’s pocket-sized selfie drone, is at it again. Let me refresh your memory:

Yes, more selfie drones are coming this year, and they’re even better.

Announced at CES 2018, the AirSelfie2 has significant improvements. The new and improved pocket drone owns a 12-megapixel camera as opposed to the original AirSelfie’s 5-megapixel shooter. It also comes with a longer battery life and bigger storage capacity that means more photos! According to their announcement, even the smartphone app will be upgraded with the new drone release. The best part? It will come in rose gold! (And three other colors, but we all know which color is cutest.)

This powerpacked drone is still teeny at around the size of a smartphone and weighs only a little over two ounces. It’s covered with an anodized aluminum casing which can, supposedly, withstand everyday modern life. The AirSelfie 2 can travel 60 feet from home base and is equipped with a vibration absorption system and an 85-degree field of view — those landscape #OOTDs will finally be doable by yourself!

The AirSelfie 2 will retail for US$ 300 and it will be available on airselfiecamera.com March of 2018.

MORE ON CES 2018: GadgetMatch LIVE coverage

SEE ALSO: Mystery Unboxing: Name that drone!

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8 underwater drones that you must check out

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Drones have become a regular sight in the sky and soon they’re going to be taking over the waterways. (more…)

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