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Yuneec announces retail price for Typhoon H with collision detection

Yuneec International’s Typhoon H is now available for preorder, with deliveries set to begin in two weeks. The cost to you? $1,299.

Highlights of the Typhoon H — expected to be a huge upgrade from the Yuneec Typhoon — include proximity detection, intending to prevent collisions with obstacles. If some type of failure occurs, the Typhoon H has a failsafe system that allows it to remain stable and land.

The lightweight, carbon fiber Typhoon H has six rotors (a safety feature in case one of the motors fails), a 360-degree gimbal camera and retractable landing gear. And though it may be large in the air, it can become compact for travel, with foldable arms and propellers that disconnect easily.

The drone comes with a camera that shoots 4K videos and 12 megapixel skills. For a limited time, buyers will also receive a free Wizard controller.

The Intel-funded, Chinese drone-maker is relatively new to the drone scene, but with this latest product, is rounding out its family of drones that start at $499 for lower models.

The drone is set to be a strong competitor to DJI’s Phantom 4, which arrived Tuesday at the Apple Store. The Phantom 4 is priced slightly higher at $1,399.

How (and where) you can legally shoot commercial video with a drone

Is commercial drone use illegal in the U.S.? Nope! But there ARE are regulations at the federal, state and local levels.

But for someone intending to use a drone for something as innocuous as getting a bird’s­eye view of a cityscape, a field of crops, a wedding ceremony or a snowboard run, regulations can be confusing.

That’s why the team at AllDigital, Inc. put together the infographic below. It’s designed to help video professionals navigate the ever­changing legal landscape as it applies to drones — and especially using drones to capture video.

Infographic: What You Need To Know About Shooting Video With a Drone
Source: Infographic: What You Need To Know About Shooting Video With a Drone

DJI’s Phantom 4 is here — and incredible

This is an excerpt of a story originally written for MarketWatch.com. Read the entire piece here.

DJI has unveiled its smartest drone yet: it’s the first consumer drone to have the ability to sense and avoid obstacles and marks a huge leap in preventing drone crashes.

DJI’s Phantom 4 drone, unveiled Tuesday, has two forward-facing optical sensors that can scan for obstacles and automatically direct the drone to fly above the obstacle to avoid it. If it can’t fly above the obstacle (for example, a roof overhead or the object is simply too tall) the drone will hover in front of the object until it is manually redirected.

The drone will sell for $1,399 on DJI’s website, but otherwise will be available only through the Apple Store from March 15 to March 29. Continue reading DJI’s Phantom 4 is here — and incredible

Meet the filmmakers behind ‘Drona’

The Bay Area Drone Film Festival is set for this Sunday in Silicon Valley. Ahead of the festival, we caught up with Chafic Saad and Kris Lee, founders of Kind Motion Pictures and the creators of ‘Drona,’ one of the nominees for the Narrative/Statement/Cause category of the festival.

Drone Girl: What is your film about?

Chafic Saad: It’s centered around Kecak, which started in the 1930s as a secular art form made for tourists in Bali as a local type of entertainment. The film was made in Bali and grew off that. Every village has a different style of Kecak where they sit in a circle and do different types of chanting.

Photo courtesy of Chafic Saad
Photo courtesy of Chafic Saad

DG: How were you able to get the access to shoot this?

Kris Lee: We went for the 7th International Body Music Festival, which was in Bali this past year. We got in touch with the founders, and we got the green light.

DG: It was that easy?

CS: When we first started filming Kecak we realized it was very loud, and Kecak is vocal music. When we were filming it was a little too loud and we were asked to land it. We felt defeated at that point. We came this far, we landed the drone into Bali and now we can’t film. Continue reading Meet the filmmakers behind ‘Drona’

Drone video shows ‘ghost town’ Mount Rushmore

This story was originally written for MarketWatch.com.

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Somewhere in Virginia, a field is home to 43 crumbling presidential statues. It’s like a ghost town version of Mount Rushmore.

The sculptures were originally built for Presidents Park in Williamsburg, Virginia, an open-air museum that opened in 2004 but closed six years later. A man named Howard Hankins saved the statues from the crusher and moved them to his farm in Croaker, Virginia. Continue reading Drone video shows ‘ghost town’ Mount Rushmore

Drone-flying, hoverboard Barbie is here

 

This is an excerpt of a piece originally written for MarketWatch.com.

Mattel recently made a huge step toward refreshing Barbie’s old-fashioned image with a lineup of new Barbies with a variety of body types, skin tones and hairstyles.

Now, Barbie is flying into the future. Literally.

Mattel revealed at the 2016 International Toy Fair in New York the latest incarnation of Barbie — clad in pink, yes, but also riding a hoverboard that’s actually a real drone. The new doll is called Barbie Star Light Adventure RC Hoverboard (RC stands for remote controlled).

the toy into the air with an automatic feature that allows the drone to take off and land with the press of a button. The toy will arrive in stores fall 2016 and sell for $59.99.

The toy could encourage more young girls to have an interest in robotics and aviation.

“This will certainly attract young girls, but also parents who want to buy a toy for their daughters that would interest them in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) realm but aren’t sure what type of toy would inspire that,” said Rhianna Lakin, founder of the group Amelia Dronehart, a group for female drone pilots. Continue reading Drone-flying, hoverboard Barbie is here

DJI Phantom 3 Professional now costs less than $1,000

DJI just launched new pricing on its Phantom 3 Professional.

At $999, the Phantom, which originally priced at $1,259, is an even better deal than Black Friday, when it was going for $1,159.

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Features of the Professional include:

  • Included 4K Video / 12 Megapixel Photo Camera
  • Integrated 3-Axis Stabilization Gimbal
  • Easy to Fly, Intelligent Flight System
  • Live HD View
  • Dedicated Remote Controller
  • Powerful Mobile App w/ Auto Video Editor
  • Vision Positioning for Indoor Flight
  • And free same-day delivery!

If you’re thinking about buying one, help support Drone Girl and purchase through this link.

 

Flying a drone in the UK? Read this first

Once used mostly for military and defense purposes, drones have today worked their way into several aspects of modern life. However, the increasing use of these unmanned aerial vehicles, both for civilian and non-civilian purposes, has brought to forefront the need to have strict rules and regulations for flying them.

The UK, which imports the highest number of drones in the world requires the pilot to have CAA approval for operations beyond their ‘line of sight’.

Here’s a quick look at some more do’s and don’ts of drone usage, courtesy of my friends at Drone Builders.The-Dos-and-Dont-of-Drone-Usage-in-UK