GoPro recalls Karma drone because of ‘performance issues’



We’ve seen Samsung phones and washing machines, even Soylent bars, getting recalled after consumer complaints. And now, GoPro has also told customers to return one of its own immediately.

The product in question: The action-cam maker’s first-ever drone, called Karma, which retails for $799 and has only been on the market since October 23, 2016. GoPro said a “performance issue” in units sold so far can cause them to lose power while in the air, likely sending them tumbling out of the sky.

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A statement on its official website read:

GoPro is committed to providing our customers with great product experiences. To honor this commitment, we have recalled Karma until we resolve a performance issue related to a loss of power during operation. We plan to resume shipment of Karma once the issue is addressed.

Meanwhile, CEO Nick Woodman, in a press release, said GoPro is “working in close coordination with both the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Federal Aviation Administration.” He added: “We are very sorry to have inconvenienced our customers and we are taking every step to make the return and refund process as easy as possible.”

A recalled Karma drone can be returned to GoPro directly or to the store where it was purchased for a full refund. At the moment, the company isn’t offering replacements. It has also advised anyone who has bought a Karma against keeping it, even if it appears to be working fine. Those who still want to own the lightweight, foldable drone will have to wait until shipments resume after the issue is fixed.

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During last week’s earnings call, company executives acknowledged concerns over the Karma, and yet, at the time, it made no mention of a potential recall. It’s the latest sour news for GoPro, which has recently seen its sales fall off a cliff, down 40 percent from the same period last year.


Airpeak will be Sony’s foray into camera drone market

Slated to launch in Spring 2021




The ever-competitive drone market will soon have another brand to welcome. Sony just announced its entry into the consumer drone market with the Airpeak brand, which will likely go toe-to-toe (propeller to propeller?) with established brands like DJI.

Specific details about the brand, however, remain scarce at the moment. Sony’s official website only teases a short cryptic video.

The website also mentions that Airpeak will be the culmination of “imaging and sensing technological expertise and AI Robotics” — something which Sony has with its consumer camera and robotic products.

A separate press release also confirms Sony’s plan to target video creators with the Airpeak brand. Further, the brand will bring 3R technology (Reality, Real-time and Remote) to the drone market.

The first wave of products under the Airpeak is slated to launch in the spring of 2021. In the meantime, Sony will continue to obtain feedback from users who participated in co-creating drones under the brand.

It is worth noting that this isn’t Sony’s first foray into the drone market. Last year, the company entered a partnership with ZMP to form the Aerosense company. However, that company caters specifically to the business sector. So, the Airpeak brand will actually be the company’s first for the consumer drone sector.

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How the tech world helped in the Notre Dame fire incident

Modern technology isn’t our foe at all




In light of the recent news about the fire incident that happened in the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, several companies, including those from the tech sector, have shown how much they care for the ruined 856-year-old historic landmark.


When the flames broke out, firefighters used Mavic Pro and Matrice M210 drones. The cathedral was severely damaged but thankfully, the drones helped in distinguishing where the fire had spread out. Several tweets show how helpful drones are, even during unexpected disasters like this one.

People from DJI talked about how their drones helped Paris’ Emergency Response Team in determining the fire inside the cathedral.


After the incident, many people, including popular icons all around the globe, have shown their distress about the destruction of the cathedral. Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, is one among those people. He even promised Apple would help in the progress of rebuilding Notre Dame’s ruined architectural landscape.


Most gamers can tell that the Notre Dame Cathedral is found in the gameplay of Assassin’s Creed: Unity. Ubisoft, which is also a French company, said that the infrastructure was scanned using their state-of-the-art 3D mapping technology. Using data preserved for the game may help architects and builders in restoring the cathedral. As an addition, the game is for free at the Ubisoft store to honor the fallen landmark.

Image credit: Ubisoft

It may be insignificant for most people but these all prove that companies and their existing technologies can still help in times of global incidents like this.

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DJI Mavic 2 Pro Review: 1 month in

Not a perfect drone, but…



We won’t bore you with a rundown of its specs, but instead, we’ll give you the lowdown on DJI’s new drone — what works, what doesn’t, and what’s there to love. This is our DJI Mavic 2 Pro review.


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