Everyone’s favorite drone manufacturer, DJI, has introduced two new drones to its product lineup. The Mavic Pro Platinum has a quieter and longer flight compared to the original, while the popular Phantom 4 Pro gets a new color. Also, the user-friendly Spark drone has a new software feature!
Mavic Pro Platinum
The first upgrade to the original Mavic Pro brings in new electronic speed controllers and propellers, reducing its overall noise by 4dB or about 60 percent quieter than the original version. Not only that, the new model flies longer by 11 percent or up to 30 minutes of flight time.
These upgrades don’t hamper the portability of the Mavic Pro we’ve come to love. It’s still an easy-to-use, yet powerful drone with a 4K stabilized camera and 7km range, and FlightAutonomy technology makes it even more intelligent against obstacles up to 15m away.
The Mavic Pro Platinum will retail for US$ 1,099 and it’s now up for pre-order through DJI’s online store. A Fly More Combo will be available at a later date for US$ 1,399.
Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian
The more professional cousin of the Mavic Pro gets a cosmetic makeover. If you’re in the market for a better drone or maybe looking to purchase another Phantom 4 Pro for your hobby or profession, then you’ll be glad to know that it now comes in a matte-gray Obsidian color shell. It also features a magnesium, electroplated, and anti-fingerprint coated gimbal.
The Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian is coming out this month for US$ 1,499.
Spark firmware update
DJI’s consumer drone, which is still relatively new to the market, gets a firmware upgrade. To be included in the upcoming DJI GO 4 app is the new Sphere Mode. With it, the Spark will be able to take panoramic pictures and lay them into a spherical shape, much like a “tiny planet” effect.
Other additional updates coming are:
- A new gesture to start and stop video recording
- Enhanced QuickShot video features for more cinematic control
- A 180-degree photo shooting mode and improved photo image resolution
- Full integration with the DJI Goggles
- Optimization of the PalmLaunch function for better stability after takeoff
- Improved control accuracy under the QuickShot Dronie mode
Expect the update to come later this year.
Drones fly luxury Dolce & Gabbana handbags on the runway
Who needs models when you have drones?
Dolce & Gabbana stepped up their game this year during their fashion show in Milan. The Italian luxury fashion house flew drones carrying handbags on the runway, stunning the crowd.
See the spectacle for yourself:
— Tyler McCall (@eiffeltyler) February 25, 2018
The show ran nearly an hour late for the big surprise. According to Fashionista who attended the event, “Signs and announcements in several different languages pleaded multiple times for audience members to turn off their personal Wi-Fi and hot spots.”
Of course, it isn’t easy to ask a 600-strong audience to turn their internet connections off before a spectacle, resulting in these quadcopters flying a bit craggy. It’s possible that those reluctant to follow the organizer’s requests caused an interference with the drone flights. Who wouldn’t want to capture a surprising performance and share it on social media? We live in the social media age, guys!
But the fashion house was prepared for any unfortunate accident if the drones were to malfunction and crash on someone’s head. People dressed in white walked alongside the drones, ready to intercept or offer help if an incident occurred.
Fortunately, the show went on without a hitch. As the drones buzzed off, actual human models were back on the runway wearing D&G clothes for the Fall Winter 2018/19 collection. Maybe it isn’t time yet for technology to enter the world of high fashion, but it’s a great start.
Airbus’ drone taxi successfully flies autonomously
This is the future!
Just last month, European aerospace company Airbus flew its autonomous air taxi for the first time. The electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft hovered for 53 seconds on its own and we only got a glimpse of it through photos. Well, the company has just released a video showing what it’s capable of.
A giant drone taking off and hovering for less than a minute before coming back down isn’t really an astounding sight. Although, this is quite an achievement since it’s a totally different aircraft from what Airbus has been producing and the fact that it’s all-electric is already a feat in itself.
As you can see, this less-than-a-minute demonstration of autonomous flight is actually a breakthrough since it’s one of the first to ditch the use of an engine or a gas-electric hybrid and relies solely on a battery to fly. The company said it aims to produce an array of autonomous eVTOL aircrafts that fly from rooftop to rooftop to help alleviate traffic on the road. Airbus envisions this through the use of the latest technologies.
“Our goal is to democratize personal flight by leveraging the latest technologies such as electric propulsion, energy storage, and machine vision,” said Vahana Project Executive Zach Lovering.
It might not happen anytime soon, but we’re one step closer to realizing a future where you hail flying taxis that don’t need their own drivers.
Kentucky Flying Object is a drone from KFC India
Flies longer than a chicken can!
KFC really knows how to tickle our gadget fancy. Last year, the fast food chain produced their own smartphone; now, we’re looking at a drone you can assemble using the packaging of their latest chicken wings flavor.
For a limited time — from today until tomorrow to be precise — select KFC branches around India are offering the DIY drone for “select orders of Smoky Grilled Wings.” Although the website doesn’t specify how many are being given away, chances are you’ll have to fight for one.
Colonel Sanders would have definitely scratched his head at the thought of such a product, but we can’t deny that this is all sorts of awesome.
You can see it in action here:
KFC provides instructions on how to assemble the drone on their website. Once complete, you can control the KFO (yes, Kentucky Flying Object) through Wi-Fi using your smartphone and an app.
They aren’t kidding calling this “the most fly meal ever.” If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one, make sure to lick your greasy fingers first.
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