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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 […]

The Guinnmeister is back on form with new video tutorials

The Guinnmeister is back on form with new video tutorials

It wasn’t so long since that we had no choice but to Photoshop an imaginary image of what 3D Robotics future tutorials would look like with Colin Guinn back at the helm of a multicopter marketing team, however, now it’s for real. It’s strange to see Colin no longer being the face of DJI but keeping to form with both a workbench with a logo background and flying on a field whilst demonstrating the IRIS+.  There is a sad loss […]

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 […]

3D Robotics IRIS to get enhancements this year

3D Robotics IRIS to get enhancements this year

One of the reasons we’ve not got around to doing a full IRIS review was we wanted to do so with a gimbal of our choosing installed on the IRIS as the 2 Axis Tarot fine though it is, is long in the tooth now in this fast moving industry. So we’ve been holding off to see if 3D Robotics could come up with a solution to the problem users in general were reporting, that once a gimbal was installed […]

APM & Pixhawk gets drift mode – aeroplane style control for multicopters

APM & Pixhawk gets drift mode – aeroplane style control for multicopters

A recent firmware offering has brought a new flight mode, called drift mode which causes the flight controller to take over the yaw, the effect is aeroplane style flying with a single stick. The APM wiki suggests drift mode will be good for: FPV flyers who are looking for a dynamic, plane like flight as well as loiter-like position hold. New flyers who want to try a more intuitive and easy to learn flight mode. Anybody who would like to […]