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New drone announcements this week start with the 3D Robotics SOLO

New drone announcements this week start with the 3D Robotics SOLO

This week everyone was focussed on DJI’s new announcement, expected to be the Phantom 3, but this evening 3D Robotics stole some of the thunder of publicity with a teaser trailer of their new quadcopter, which they didn’t name.  However, in a cheeky marketing move they had the name of drone appear for a single frame in the video, it was spotted surprisingly quickly and posted on Facebook.  The Twitter account @DIYDroneSafety noted the SOLO trademark had been registered for a while […]

DJI to firmware fix Inspire crashes caused by the IMU

DJI to firmware fix Inspire crashes caused by the IMU

Firmware fixes in themselves are not normally newsworthy, this week might be an exception, as the DJI Inspire which hasn’t even made it to many of those that ordered it, is already due to have its second firmware fix. If you’ve followed multicopter groups on Twitter or Facebook you will have already seen the recent incident with the Inspire where it crashed into a garage in an automatic take off, in an unusual move DJI accepted responsibility on a post […]

DJI & 3DR target prosumers with new multicopters

DJI & 3DR target prosumers with new multicopters

It’s been a busy week with the launch of the DJI Inspire 1 quadcopter with its built in 4k camera which is interchangeable, now 3D Robotics has launched a new X8+ multicopter, albeit, it’s not really new, so much as an update to an existing product. Already comparisons are being made between DJI’s and 3DR’s multicopters given the fact both launched within close proximity, yet it’s clear the X8+ and Inspire are not really competing or likely to appeal to […]

DJI Inspire 1 Photo Leaked

DJI Inspire 1 Photo Leaked

A photo of DJI testing what appears to be the new Inspire 1 along with a curious looking dual GPS F550 have been posted on the internet, check out the photos below.  The latest multicopter from DJI is due to be revealed on the 12th of November. The photos are consistent with the patent filing DJI has made and suggest that the arms raise in flight allowing video to be recorded without arms or props in the way, much like […]

3D Robotics announces the IRIS+

3D Robotics announces the IRIS+

3D Robotics have announced the new IRIS+ with a YouTube video presented by Colin Guinn. The IRIS+ has a longer flight time than the original IRIS, now claimed at 15 minutes with a gimbal, a 3S 5100mAh battery aids this performance improvement.  The propellers have been changed for a self tightening screw on set, along with a much lighter set of landing legs, similar to designs the community itself has been making.  The official 3DR video shows that arm LEDs […]

Richard Branson invests in 3D Robotics

Richard Branson invests in 3D Robotics

Yesterday billionaire Sir Richard Branson announced on Twitter and on the Virgin website that he was investing in 3D Robotics and he’d invited the 3DR team including Chris Anderson and Colin Guinn to his home on Necker Island. The story is on the Virgin website here: http://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/a-drones-eye-view-of-necker-island Sir Richard Branson is possibly the most high profile figure to have become involved in the multicopter industry and it must surely be a significant achievement for 3D Robotics to have an investor […]