Tag archive: quadcopter [ 6 ]

3DR is dead, long live 3DR!

3DR is dead, long live 3DR!

Spreading around the troll sauce. In recent weeks, forum trolls and at least one blog have been painting a picture of 3DR having failed, shut up shop and closed its door, which even a little research can confirm is far from the truth, in some cases the discussion on 3DR is wishful thinking from fanbois drinking the DJI Kool-Aid; in some cases it’s downright lies and in other cases it’s a negative take on facts that are in the public […]

DJI announce details of the Phantom 4

DJI announce details of the Phantom 4

DJI today announced the Phantom 4, which everyone was expecting, especially with the usual SB-DJI photo leaks. We had ourselves speculated on Twitter that the legs would have sense and avoid sensors which turned out to be correct, though the addition of active subject tracking for video was a nice unexpected surprise. It was known the Phantom 4 would have a bigger battery but with a claimed flight time of 25 to 28 minutes, this is an impressive achievement; at […]

GoPro announce their new drone is called Karma

GoPro announce their new drone is called Karma

It’s been known for a while that GoPro are planning a drone for 2016, few details are known about it, other than the name, which has been revealed to be Karma. Developing a drone from scratch with its own software is no easy feat, a check on archive.org only found job adverts for GoPro’s drone team in San Mateo California, going back just over 4-5 months covering hardware and firmware, with the test lead jobs being more recent.    This […]

Updates on the 3DR Solo

Updates on the 3DR Solo

The 3D Robotics Solo made a good start at NAB winning the best drone award, a day after NAB, 3DR mentioned on social media that they plan an endurance pack as an upgrade path for those needing it, consisting of stronger motors and a higher capacity battery, presumably designed for heavier lift, hopefully allowing some more camera options.  A welcome design feature on the Solo is that each motor can be removed simply by unscrewing with no soldering being necessary. […]

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 […]

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 […]