This Aura drone is controlled entirely via glove — and learning to fly it is totally hilarious

Fascinated by the idea of gesture-controlled drones like the DJI Spark, but not willing to drop more than $100?

This Aura drone from KD Interactive is controlled entirely via a glove — and it is just $99.

The drone embodies the spirit of a Jedi using the Force — you don a controller on your wrist, and control it entirely with the movement of your hands.aura drone gesture control toy kd robotics

There’s no RC transmitter or phone app involved, so the control of the drone entirely is up to the way you wave your hand. Tilt your hand up, and the drone flies higher. Tilt your palm toward your body, and the drone comes to the ground. A certain flick of your wrist will also make the drone flip.

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Last-minute holiday drone deals are here on DJI Mavic, Spark and more

Holding out on buying a drone for a great holiday deal? Now may be your chance.

B&H Photo has just launched a slew of new holiday drone deals, including $100 off the DJI Spark PLUS  a free $50 B&H gift card, $300 off the DJI Phantom 4 and $400 off the Yuneec Typhoon H.

Plus, you can still nab tons of deals from Amazon and directly from the manufacturer.

Here are some of the best drone-related deals:dji mavic pro review drone girl

For photographers, small business owners and “prosumers”:

DJI Mavic Pro Fly More Combo: regularly priced at $1,149. The DJI Mavic Pro is still my favorite drone to-date, though it will cost you about twice as much as the DJI Spark.

DJI Mavic Pro Standard Bundle: regularly priced at $999

Katana Tray System for DJI Mavic: regularly priced at $49.99. The tray utilizes the Mavic’s gimbal to turn the drone into a hand-held solution for smooth, cinematic shots. It’s essentially an integrated smartphone mount, in which users rely on the drone’s companion app for framing and camera controls.

Yuneec Typhoon Hexacopter: regularly priced at $1,199. The Yuneec Typhoon H is an incredibly sturdy drone for prosumers and businesses alike. One of the best — and most noticeable — features about the Typhoon H compared to many drones is the 6 rotors, giving it a redundancy and making it a safe choice.

GoPro Karma Quadcopter with HERO5 Black: regularly priced at $1,099. The GoPro Karma Quadcopter with HERO5 Black puts your GoPro camera in the air. When you’re done flying, you can use the camera and its gimbal to get that silky smooth video on the ground.

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What’s the best thermal camera and drone for hog hunting?

Next up in our “Ask Drone Girl” series is about drones, thermal cameras and hog hunting! If you have a question for Drone Girl, contact her here.

What affordable drone and thermal camera set up would you recommend for a beginner to use for hog hunting?

Welcome to the drone world! While I am vegetarian, I can endorse your efforts for wanting to use a drone for hog hunting!

Wild hogs are an invasive species, wreaking havoc on the environment, especially in the southern portion of the United States. The 200-pound animals are destructive, damaging livestock, hurting the ecosystem and competing with native species. Couple that with their impressive fertility and high adaptability, and wild hogs cost the U.S. $1.5 billion each year.

Using drones to hunt wild hogs is an excellent use case. Add a thermal camera, and they are easier to spot. Using drones to hunt hogs has been a common practice for many years, but it used to be extremely expensive; Hunters in the past have used $15,000+ rigs to make it happen.

Now drones with thermal cameras are cheaper than ever before — and extremely easy to fly.

If you’re looking for value, your best bet is the FLIR Duo camera, which combines a thermal camera vs. a “traditional” visible light camera into one drone. It’s the same size as the GoPro Hero camera, so it will fit on any drone designed to carry a GoPro Hero (which is many of them!).

That camera runs for $999 on B&H Photo. B&H also does not charge sales tax in all states except NJ and NY, and will give you free shipping.

The easiest way to fly it is on a drone designed to mount a GoPro. I recommend the DJI Phantom 2, which runs for $500 on Amazon. The drone is incredibly easy to learn how to fly. Another option is the 3D Robotics Solo drone.

One of my favorite YouTube dronies, the Roswell Flight Test Crew, shows how it works: Continue reading What’s the best thermal camera and drone for hog hunting?

These 10 drone photos are the frontrunners to win DJI’s SkyPixel contest

Before you grab your drone and fly this weekend, here’s some drone photo inspiration.

Aerial photography community SkyPixel shared the front-runners in its 2017 SkyPixel Photo Storytelling Contest, and they’re a pretty clear indication that the competition will be tough this year.

The SkyPixel Photo contest is accepting entries for this year’s competition through Dec. 29. To enter, photographers need to submit an aerial image taken via drone anytime in 2017 to any of three categories — landscape, portrait or story. The winner will walk away with up to $15,000 in prizes, including a DJI Inspire 2 Premium ComboNikon D750 Body + 24-70 mm VR 2.8 Lens, a DJI Mavic Pro Fly More ComboDJI Spark and more.

Every year it seems the competition just gets tougher and tougher, as photographers are forced to rely not just on “pretty landscapes” but also looking for interesting patterns, paying attention to light and color, and capturing the unique shapes in the ground.

Here are the frontrunners that are expected to win the 2017  SkyPixel Photo Storytelling Contest (unless better entries come through before Dec. 29:

LINES丨By Javier del Cerro

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How to get a perfect drone photo during the Golden Hour

The following is a guest post by photographer Max Therry.

Golden Hour is that magical time of day just after sunrise of just before sunset. During Golden Hour, it seems that the entire world is dipped in a beautiful golden glow.

The clouds are lifted. The sky is clear. And the sun rises or sets in a way that your images appear soft and ethereal.

It’s famously known to be incredible for portraits, landscape shots and also — aerial photography.

What Is Golden Hour?

Golden Hour (often called Magic Hour) is the quality of light that comes during the first and last hour of the day’s sunlight. During this twice-a-day event, there’s a soft warmth to the sky that yields incredible images for photographers of all kinds.

If you’re curious about when exactly Golden Hour happens in your city day, you can visit the Golden Hour calculator website. This information is also available on smartphone apps such as Lumy. Continue reading How to get a perfect drone photo during the Golden Hour

Kespry raises $33 million in Series C funding round

Silicon Valley-based drone solutions provider Kespry today announced that it raised $33 million in a Series C funding round, led by G2VP. Shell Technology Ventures, ABB Ventures and Cisco Investments also joined as new investors in the company.

With the new funding, Kespry intends to expand internationally and in the energy utility sector.

Kespry builds drones for primarily industrial use-cases, with clients  including John Deere, Hancock Claims Consultants, Catastrophe Response Unit (CRU), Fluor, Lehigh Hanson/Heidelberg, and Colas USA. Its drones have been used in a range of situations including to carry out roof inspections in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Continue reading Kespry raises $33 million in Series C funding round

This hypnotizing drone video showcases a little-known video technique. Here’s how it’s done.

Drones were revolutionary for their ability to show a perspective our eyes were never-before used to seeing.

But filmmakers Phil Pastuhov and Ian Montgomery continue to up the game with new techniques that continue to make those aerial perspectives even more interesting.

The filmmaking duo released an art piece using DJI’s new X7 camera called “The Dying Of The Light.”

The technique illuminates the subject while placing it in a completely dark sky, giving it the appearance of a 3D-model while confusing the viewers with a unique sense of perspective and scale.

Related read: How to get a job in Hollywood as a drone pilot: Phil Pastuhov shares the secret

So how do they do it? Continue reading This hypnotizing drone video showcases a little-known video technique. Here’s how it’s done.

Applications for the FAA’s drone pilot program are due tomorrow

Want your company or local government to be involved in the FAA’s drone pilot program? You have one more day to make it happen.

The FAA’s drone pilot program, formally called the UAS Integration Pilot Program, was announced in October by U.S. President Donald Trump and .S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao. The premise of the program is that the government will select five local governments who have partnered with the private sector to test drone operations that are currently illegal, and to test and weigh in on how to legalize them.

Those types of flights that are currently illegal include night flights, flights over people and flying drones beyond visual line of sight. Continue reading Applications for the FAA’s drone pilot program are due tomorrow