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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 […]

Solo firmware 2.0 delivers multipoint cablecam and more besides

Solo firmware 2.0 delivers multipoint cablecam and more besides

3DR released their new firmware for the Solo over a month before it was due, this delivered the promised functionality shown at CES and more besides, as well as the headline feature which was the multipoint cablecam which has a time lapse mode, also included was orbit with freelook and Airmap integration; thankfully Airmap is information only and doesn’t prevent take off. The multipoint cablecam has already been received with a positive reception from Solo users, allowing for complex moves […]

3rd party developer finds a critical bug in DJI’s API

3rd party developer finds a critical bug in DJI’s API

A critical bug was found in DJI’s API, the API is a layer between the software and the flight controller that allows applications to easily interact without the need for code being written to execute on the flight controller itself. The bug was announced not by DJI but by Autoflight who write applications that provide additional functionality for DJI products, the bug could impact any number of applications though, not just Autoflight’s software. Any application accessing the command enableVirtualStickControlModeWithCompletion is at risk. […]

CES 2016 was rather boring

CES 2016 was rather boring

We’d not posted in January, none of the CES 2016 news really excited us, well except maybe the Yuneec Typhoon H, mainly for the fact it was affordable with a UK price of £1399 and it was a hex which makes a change from entry level models being quads, finally the promise of obstacle avoidance was exciting, albeit we’d want to see it in action outdoors in the hands of real users to be truly impressed. Meanwhile DJI didn’t have […]

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 […]

New product from DJI called Demorpheus

New product from DJI called Demorpheus

DJI has recently registered the trademark for a new product called Demorpheus, the description for which suggests it is a new flight controller or add-on sensor unit, possibly a consumer version of Manifold which is an embedded Linux computer used with DJI’s Matrice 100.  As seen in DJI’s Matrice and also 3DR’s Solo, companion computing seems to be the future with tasks such as advanced navigation and image recognition offloaded to companion CPUs running flavours of Linux so a consumer […]