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.
Next up in our “Ask Drone Girl” series is about getting a free or cheap drone. If you have a question for Drone Girl, contact her here.
We are a volunteer-based animal rescue. We are rural and have a very low budget, but we would like to start a YouTube channel to help raise awareness. Would you have any ideas on how/who might have a drone they could give us (or sell very cheaply) so that we can start our story telling journey?
This is a question I get a lot! There are tons of schools, non-profits or research projects that are looking to get a free or cheap drone donated to their cause. And while every cause has its merits, the harsh reality is, not everyone can pull the strings needed to get a free drone. I wish I knew the secret to getting free drones myself!!
That being said, here’s my guide to finding free or cheap drones! These 7 tips will get you a drone at way less than you would pay at full retail price:
Use the DJI Education discount to save 10%! The DJI Educational Discount allows customers with a “.edu” email address and who successfully fill out DJI’s online form to get a coupon code (typically a 10% discount) on a select group of items from its online site. The items available for purchase include everything from drones like the Mavic Pro, accessories like DJI Goggles and –for those who prefer shooting from the ground — the Osmo Mobile.
Use the DJI Better-With-Drones discount for non-profits to save 10%. Don’t have a .edu address, but you’re a non-profit? DJI offers a similar program to its DJI Education discount called its Better With Drones Discount program. Fill out the form on DJI’s website here, and when your application has been approved, DJI will send you a discount code, typically 10% off as well.
Rent a drone! Why pay $1,000 for a drone you really only want to use a handful of times, when you can pay closer to $50 to rent it for a day? Sites like Up Sonder offer drone rental services. It’s a similar model to Airbnb, where owners can post their drone up for rent, meet the customer, and the customer gets to use the drone for a certain amount of hours.
How do you inspect the ceiling of a major beer factory without having to shut the entire operation down?
In honor of International Beer Day (yep, that’s today!), here’s another example of Drones for Good.
Czechoslovakian beer giant Pilsner Urquell is now using the collision-tolerant Elios drone, by Swiss dronemaker Flyability, to run inspections of its bottling factory in the Czech Republic.
The Elios drone is designed to navigate difficult spaces. It has a rather unique frame — surrounded by a circular cage — allowing it to bounce off obstacles, rather than with more traditional drones where the propellers get caught and the drone crashes.Continue reading How to inspect a beer factory without shutting it down? Use a drone→
So rather than do the surveying portion by traditional methods, Intel Falcon 8+ drones are being used to create a model, which provides preservationists with a digital replica of the current state of the wall. Intel says that the drones enable conservation teams to produce a more effective repair schedule in a matter of days vs. the manual process, which requires a tape measure and visual inspection by people over a monthlong period. Continue reading Drones are flying over the Great Wall of China to help with restoration project→
Next up in our “Ask Drone Girl” series is about where you can legally fly drones as a hobby user. If you have a question for Drone Girl, contact her here.
I was hoping to get some info on flying my drone around Twin Peaks in San Francisco. My city is covered in helipads. Can I still fly there? Can I fly over a bridge if there is a big international shipping port nearby?
This week’s “Ask Drone Girl” question is not just one question, but a culmination of what is 100s of reader emails I get! People want to fly in a specific area, but aren’t sure if they legally can!
This post will (hopefully) answer all of those emails, once and for all! Note that this post is directed at people flying as hobby pilots, meaning you aren’t making a business out of your drone pilot (if you’re flying for commercial purposes, you need to fly under Part 107).
But if you simply have a drone that you want to take on your vacation to grab great photos for your social media profile, this is for you! Here’s your guide to knowing whether you can legally fly your drone, anywhere in the United States — in just 3 steps.
And the 100,000 milestone may dispel any fears that the drone industry was nothing more than a bubble. Sales numbers are growing in line with the growth in registered pilots, as U.S. dollar sales of drones increased 33 percent in 2017, according to The NPD Group.
A Remote Pilot Certificate is required in the U.S. by the FAA to fly drones for commercial purposes under Part 107. Those regulations required that drone operators pass a UAS aeronautical knowledge test. The test can be taken at one of the 696 testing centers in the United States and asks questions on topics such as air traffic, weather and safety. Upon passing, pilots receive a license, which is good for two years.
The FAA has issued 98,118 Remote Pilot Certificates since July 6. The pass rate on the test is 92%, according to @FAANews.