The day I have dreamed of is officially here: the day of cute drones.
Dronemaker DJI today announced a partnership with Line Friends to create a new version of its DJI Spark drone based on the popular character, Brown.
The new drone is simply DJI’s Spark, but this Line Friends drone is painted brown with the face of the iconic, stoic bear, Brown, on the surface of the drone’s body. The controller also has a picture of the adorable bear on the back.
Line Friends are featured characters based on the stickers from messaging app Line. Line is a messaging app primarily popular in Japan and Taiwan, though its characters are gaining popularity around the world, including via a store in New York’s Times Square.
The DJI Spark is DJI’s smallest drone, and was the first of its drones that could be controlled purely by gesture control. The DJI Spark’s camera can detect its user’s body movements such as raising and lowering your hands or waving them. It then can interpret those gestures to follow commands such as flying up and down, or taking a picture. The DJI Spark can even land in the palm of your hand.
It has a battery life of 16 minutes with a camera supported by a two-axis gimbal. With a 1/2.3” CMOS sensor, it can capture 1080p video and 12 megapixel still photos, and has onboard sensors that allow it to detect and avoid obstacles.
This is DJI’s first characterized drone — and hopefully, not its last. The Drone Girl is a big-time Star Wars fan, so I’m hoping for a Porg drone.
Which characterized drone would you want to see?