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Old 24th October 2015, 12:20   #1
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Hi,

This is not a thread about the old-style photography using drones by seasoned human operators.

This thread is about the upcoming technology (launching in 2016) which will have drones auto-following and auto-photographing a user that is wearing a long range bluetooth tracker. This results in some mind blowing videos. Their cost is not exactly cheap but not too expensive either.

But imagine - going on a vacation and having a drone take videos of your family having fun. This is going to be revolutionary once the price becomes more affordable!

Say hello to Lily ($799):


and woof to AirDog ($1599 but without a camera):


In case there are others, please feel free to add.
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Thread moved from the Assembly Line (The "Assembly Line" Forum section) to the Gadgets Section. Thanks for sharing!
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Thanks for the link. A lot of people have been sending this to me, since I do have an interest in aerial photography...

The thing is that a lot of people are making awesome looking (simulated) product demo videos, along with tall claims - getting people excited, and then taking their money through crowd funding sites like Kickstarter. What they deliver in the end, is usually disappointment.

It's like being able to market a product however you like, take peoples money in advance, and then start making the product.

I don't think Lily goes through a crowd-funding site, but check out this quote from a Guardian article:
Lily’s manufacturer has opened pre-orders for the device at $499 (£319), with buyers charged immediately rather than when it ships, which the company says “helps us reduce risk”.


Drones are especially susceptible to this over-promising since:
1) They are the current 'cool' item of the year
2) People don't know the reality of what is possible and what is not
3) Drones currently on the market are rather expensive and have short flytimes

Anyone who owns a drone or has ever built one knows that technology just isn't at a point where some of the claims in these videos can be true (especially the battery life part). The more battery capacity you add, the more weight you add -- simply put, it just cancels each other out. Even the top of the line Phantoms with 5,000 mAh packs are advertising 15-18 minute flight times.

Typically IF (not WHEN) these products finally make it to the market, they are:
(a) later than promised
(b) more expensive than promised
(c) less flight time than promised
(d) worse video quality than shown in the "demo" video

The ZANO drone is one such example (it raised 3.58 MILLION dollars on Kickstarter!):
- Zano drones struggle to achieve lift-off
- Zano: Highly-anticipated selfie drone released even though promised features not ready
- Zano drone ships this week, despite apparent design issues


That said, if you want an indoor drone to play with. Go out and buy a Hubsan X4 on ebay from a Chinese seller. It'll reach you in India for $40-$50, and it's the most fun you can have with a drone for that price! Takes some practice to get good at flying it too.

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One video that I know of, that uses drones:


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The thing is that a lot of people are making awesome looking (simulated) product demo videos, along with tall claims - getting people excited, and then taking their money through crowd funding sites like Kickstarter. What they deliver in the end, is usually disappointment.
Interesting - TFS Rehaan.

here's the other video i found about AirDog on Engadget:
http://www.engadget.com/2015/01/06/a...-sports-drone/

Nice enough - not as outstanding as the Lily video but looks promising. What do you think?
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The thing is that a lot of people are making awesome looking (simulated) product demo videos, along with tall claims - getting people excited, and then taking their money through crowd funding sites like Kickstarter. What they deliver in the end, is usually disappointment.

It's like being able to market a product however you like, take peoples money in advance, and then start making the product.


Drones are especially susceptible to this over-promising since:
1) They are the current 'cool' item of the year
2) People don't know the reality of what is possible and what is not
3) Drones currently on the market are rather expensive and have short flytimes

Anyone who owns a drone or has ever built one knows that technology just isn't at a point where some of the claims in these videos can be true (especially the battery life part). The more battery capacity you add, the more weight you add -- simply put, it just cancels each other out. Even the top of the line Phantoms with 5,000 mAh packs are advertising 15-18 minute flight times.

Typically IF (not WHEN) these products finally make it to the market, they are:
(a) later than promised
(b) more expensive than promised
(c) less flight time than promised
(d) worse video quality than shown in the "demo" video

That said, if you want an indoor drone to play with. Go out and buy a Hubsan X4 on ebay from a Chinese seller. It'll reach you in India for $40-$50, and it's the most fun you can have with a drone for that price! Takes some practice to get good at flying it too.
Agree with you there!

The bigger and heavier the battery the more reduced flight times.

I recently built a Phantom 2(full rebuild from ground up, using parts only! Borrowed the NAZA FC from my FC40)
Now, it has a Zenmuse H3-3D gimbal, Flytrex, iOSD and video transmission capabilities. Also, now I can use p2 batteries!

Have always loved the aerial perspective photography!
Lily, on paper(video) looks ideal for a truly autonomous aerial platform, but then we never know that they might have used a Phantom 3 or likes to get that footage!
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