Monday, October 12, 2015

A Drone Market Changer

Drone Changer
Once it has been proven that its Indiegogo campaign is successful, observers believed that the FlyBi drone could be the most fun, most user-friendly unmanned aerial vehicle out there. Why? Because the innovative flyer integrated a few key features missing from other drones currently on the market.

The big one is, of course, the goggles. Unlike other drones that beam what their cameras see to the user's phone or laptop, the FlyBi will come with a set of goggles that display the drone's feed right in front of the operator's eyes. The goggles also have sensors that will move the 1080p camera in the drone as the operator move their head around, in effect, they get the chance to look around at their surroundings from the vantage point of sky-high drone.

Because the user's eyes will be occupied with all that gawking, the inventors of the FlyBi have also come up with a unique way to control the drone - a wrist-mounted joystick. Surrounding the joystick are two bezels - one controls height and the other rotation. There's also a small screen that shows the video stream from the drone and a button that can be pushed to record video or still images.

Adding to the ease of the FlyBi is the fact that it can swap out its own batteries. When the drone sense a low charge, it will return to its docking station, called the "Helideck" - which doubles as a carrying case - for an automatic battery swapping.

The drone also can follow its owner through the wristband, and it can save a flight path that it can repeat again at the press of a button. This would be useful if the user wanted to create a timelapse video or have their drone monitor a certain flight path on a regular basis.

Of course, this article started with a key word, "if," and should investors back the project, just remember they are investing in the idea of the FlyBi, not a finished product they are guaranteed to receive. The little drone is making some big promises, so the idea of "buyer beware" particularly applies here.

If that doesn't scare investors off, they can get a FlyBi and a wrist remote for the early-bird price of US$ 545. After that the price climbs to a whopping US$ 795. Drones are expected to delivery in June 2016, but with a project this complicated and involving so much tech, drone enthusiasts should expect delays.

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