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How drones are feeding the world — and disrupting agriculture

Drone manufacturer DJI is parterning with Kansas State University to use drones in precision agriculture.

DJI’s drone technology is expected to provide more sustainable farming practices while increasing yields through projects including crop-stress monitoring, aerial imaging and precision spraying.

“Our partnership with Kansas State University is helping educators, students and researchers develop more sustainable practices that increase yields in agriculture,” said Romeo Durscher, DJI director of education. “We’re proud to part of the solution by improving agriculture for the future.”

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DJI Osmo is on sale

The DJI Osmo — the handheld gimbal that brings silky smooth drone footage to the ground, is now on sale.

Osmo’s price has been slashed from $738 to $569. DJI surprised dronies in October 2015 when they launched Osmo, which isn’t intended for drones at all. It’s a tiny, hand-held device (what’s known as a “three-axis gimbal” in videography) that integrates with cameras made by DJI and allows for video shot by people on the ground to have the smooth, gliding look of footage shot by an airborne drone. It comes with a 4K, 12-megapixel camera.

DJI will also throw in two free batteries and an extra charger if you purchase through this link this summer.

Osmo is a supplemental device for filmmakers, including the crew that made Drona.

Still, with the discounts, Osmo is priced higher than the ActionCam, a similar product by its competitor, Yuneec. The ActionCam currently retails for $549 on Amazon.

Apple Campus 2 drone footage shows construction progress

Phantom drone-maker DJI has long expressed wanting to imitate Apple — and it works — DJI has been called the Apple of drones. (And hey, they even sell drones!)

So it only makes sense that construction of the Apple Campus 2 site in Cupertino, Calif. be documented via drone.

Watch it here:

Drone photographer Matthew Roberts has been documenting the Apple Campus 2 construction site with a new video every month on his DJI Phantom 3 Professional drone, which retails for $999.

The Apple Campus 2 drone footage shows the main structure — a spaceship-like building that will be covered with 3,000 glass panels — an 100,000 square foot fitness center and a solar power-topped parking structure. Apple plans to sell excess electricity generated by solar panels at its new headquarters, joining Google parent Alphabet Inc. in efforts to trade on the energy market.

Read the rest of this article where it was originally written at MarketWatch.com.

What will GoPro’s drone look like? Here’s one clue

GoPro’s drone has been in the works for at least a few years. And though it was originally scheduled to be on the market right now, in May GoPro CEO Nick Woodman announced it would be delayed.

But PatentYogi, a patent services company with an accompanying YouTube channel, thinks it found clues as to what GoPro’s drone could look like.

Ryan Goldstein, who on his LinkedIn profile states he works as a Mechanical Engineer in the Aerial Products division of GoPro, was awarded a patent last week for a box-like drone. The patent was filed in December 2015.

GoPro does not have a single patent on drones, so it’s unlikely that this will be the exact same drone as what we will see when GoPro’s drone finally hits store shelves. But this drone might be the reason that GoPro hired him, according to Deepak Gupta, managing director at PatentYogi.

Here’s a video PatentYogi made on the patent:


GoPro did not return Drone Girl requests for comment.

The drone patented by Goldstein is called the QuadBox, which Goldstein wrote about on his website before joining GoPro. When packed, it will look like a rectangular box, so the motors, propellers, landing gear and camera would be enclosed in the main body and protected during travel — paramount to GoPro’s ambitions in the action camera space.

Do you think the GoPro’s drone will look something like this? Or will it be completed different? Leave a comment below!

 

DJI partners with Measure to step up commercial drone use

DJI on Thursday announced a partnership with Measure, a drone service provider, to increase how DJI products are used for commercial applications.

Measure is a “drone as a service company,” providing drones to commercial operations that would need a drone but don’t want to manage the drone themselves.

A farmer using Measure would pay about $1,736 a flight to cover an average-sized farm, which the USDA says is 434 acres. For a business farming soybeans, which settled Thursday at about $11.17 a bushel, that would cost $0.36 per bushel per acre, according to Measure’s own drone value calculator. Continue reading DJI partners with Measure to step up commercial drone use

How do I buy a drone?

How do I buy a drone?

There are a morass of factors you have to consider — price, safety, size, use case, and laws. My friends at Best Drone For The Job put together this info graphic that I wanted to share with you.

It’s a great primer on drone use cases, rules you need to know and other factors you need to consider when weighing which drone to buy.

And don’t forget to check out some of my latest reviews:

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Parrot’s senseFly and Skyward are joining forces

Parrot’s senseFly has been in the business of using drones for high end mapping and surveying, but it’s now in the business of airspace safety and operational tools given its new partnership with Skyward.

The Swiss-based senseFly is partnering with the Portland, Oregon-based startup to offer a package to customers that gives operators a preconfigured Skyward account with senseFly flight log import, senseFly manuals, customized pre­flight checklists, and other information specific to senseFly operations.

SenseFly was found in 2009 to develop and produce aerial imaging drones primarily for surveying, agriculture, GIS, industrial inspection, mining and humanitarian aid.

Read more: Drone Girl interview’s Parrot CEO Henri Seydoux

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Drone sale: DJI’s Inspire 1 has never been this cheap

Here’s a sweet drone sale you need to know about. DJI’s Inspire 1 has never been this cheap.

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Here are some of the discounts:

With such a sweet deal on the Inspire 1, does this mean a new Inspire is coming soon? With the revolutionary sense and avoid technology in the Phantom 4, it makes sense that a new version of the Inspire 1 would come with a similar technology.

Either way, happy flying, and buying!