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This DJI Phantom Flies Up The World’s Tallest Building

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest building in the world, so of course, trying to fly a Phantom drone to the top of it is a great idea. These guys take their DJI Phantom 1 with a GoPro Hero 3+ and attempt the huge climb, and wind up reaching an astounding height of 2,425 feet, right alongside the 124th floor of the building. The surrounding views are incredible, and this sets the bar for future attempts to climb this monstrous building with a drone.

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State Farm First U.S. Insurer to Get FAA Drone Exemption

Source: Chicago Inno
By: Jim Dalike

State Farm announced Tuesday that it is the first insurer in the United States to receive FAA approval to test drones. The company said it plans to use the Unmanned Aircraft Systems to assess damage during the claims process after a natural disaster.

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Bloomington, IL-based State Farm plans to conduct test flights at private sites in Bloomington, and then begin testing in real-world scenarios, the company said.

“The potential use of UAS provides us one more innovative tool to help State Farm customers recover from the unexpected as quickly and efficiently as possible,” Wensley Herbert, Operations Vice President of Claims, said in a statement. “We will continue to provide the same personal, good neighbor service State Farm is recognized for, with assistance from these high-tech devices.”

State Farm first asked for FAA approval back in October to begin testing drones to assess areas hit by a catastrophe. Flying drones commercially is illegal in the United States, but companies can file for an exemption from the FAA. The FAA has, however, revealed plans to legalize commercial drones under proposed regulations, but it’s expected to take at least two years before regulations are finalized.

Fellow Illinois-based company ComED also recently received FAA approval to fly drones, and will use the unmanned aircraft systems to inspect power lines and assess damage after a storm. Clayco, a Chicago-based real estate design-build construction contractor, and Woolpert, an engineering design firm with an office in Oakbrook Terrace, also both received the exemption.

Motorola Solutions, based in Shaumburg, also made drone-related headlines this week as it investedin CyPhy Works, a Massachusetts-based drone maker that has created technology to keep the devices in the air longer before needing to charge.

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3DR Launches $999 Solo: The Smart Drone

Ladies and gentlemen, Solo has arrived.

Below is an email from 3D Robotics announcing their latest $999 consumer drone.

We set out a year ago with the promise of not just creating the best drone, but the best overall aerial filmmaking experience imaginable. While this meant giving Solo smooth and powerful flight dynamics, it also demanded we make a smarter drone, one that could abstract users from flying so they can focus on getting great video. We know that what you really want is great shots. You want a professional tool that enables you to get those shots easily and consistently, right out of the box. Solo delivers on this promise: You get the shot, every time.

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We’re proud to introduce you to Solo: The Smart Drone. Why is Solo smart? We’ve integrated 1 GHz computers in both the copter and the controller for the best and smoothest aerial photography experience imaginable, including many world-first technologies and a host of built-in safety and support features. Solo will be available in May, starting at $999.

The Controller

Solo is the world’s first drone to wirelessly deliver HD video from your GoPro® to your iOS or Android mobile device, at distances up to half a mile away. Solo’s controller has an HDMI output for live HD broadcast—to FPV goggles, high-quality field monitors, Jumbotrons at live sports events, even news vans—and with a staggeringly low video latency your live video is immediate and fluid for an “in-the-moment” feel. For instant social sharing of your aerial videos, you can even record the live video stream directly from the mobile app to your device’s camera roll. And this is just the beginning; check out below to see all of the Controller’s features:

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Introducing, Smart Shots

Solo’s intelligence unlocks powerful and one-of-a-kind computer-assisted Smart Shots (patent pending). Just set up the exact shot you want in real time, then tap “play” on the app and Solo will execute it with a level of precision and a soft touch that even seasoned cinema pilots can’t match. And with a list of Smart Shots to choose from, the perfect shot is always just a few taps away. Cable cam and Orbit allow you to create a known and safe flight path along a virtual track in space, freeing you to shift your focus to getting the shot you want; or simply hit “play” and let Solo fly itself while simultaneously working the camera for you, as smooth and even as an expert cameraman. Follow mode lets you go completely hands-free, while Solo keeps up with your every move. Solo also features a one-touch aerial Selfie for a dramatic and customizable establishing Smart Shot of you and your surroundings. It’s all in service of Solo’s guiding principle: Get the shot. Every time.

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The Solo Gimbal

We worked closely with GoPro®, the world’s most popular action camera company, to make the first gimbal capable of fully controlling the GoPro. Solo gives you the exclusive ability to start and stop recording video while in flight, which means that when it comes time to edit you have a reel of “fat free” GoPro footage and no longer have to deal with huge, cumbersome file sizes. You can also snap photos, change FOV, FPS and exposure compensation and much more—through Solo’s mobile app at long range, or dedicated buttons on the controller. The 3-axis Solo Gimbal stabilizes the camera to within 0.1 degrees of pointing accuracy and powers the GoPro the whole time so the camera’s battery won’t die midflight. Combine with Solo’s controller and get fine-grain tilt control, including angle presets and instant speed adjustment; or you can just hit “play” on the mobile app and let Solo’s computer fully control the gimbal for the perfect shot. The Solo Gimbal delivers all of these advanced capabilities while providing a painless and tool-free method of installing and removing the GoPro. We even include The Frame by GoPro installed with Solo, so you can easily snap in your GoPro and get a live HD video feed out of the box, without a gimbal.

solo drone gimbal

I’ll leave you with some words from our CEO.

“Solo is a breakthrough in intelligent flight. It’s not just smarter so that it can do more; it’s smarter so that you have to do less. We’ve turned the Hollywood toolkit into software and allowed everyone to experience what it’s like to make epic video, both behind and in front of the camera. Solo will expand our concept of what a drone can be and do, using advanced autonomous technology to make creativity easier. Rather than needing skill to capture a great shot, you can let the software do the work. Even better, you can be in the shot—you can be the subject of your life’s story, not just the director.” — Chris Anderson

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The Winner Of The DJI Aerial Footage Contest

This is the video that was deemed the best in the world by DJI, the company that makes the always popular Phantom drone models. DJI put on a contest for the best drone footage captured with their products. The video was produced masterfully by Deyvisson Bastos Silva. All I can say is that right from the start, it becomes very clear why this video was deemed to be award-winning. Absolutely stunning stuff right here.

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A Look At The DJI Inspire 1 Drone

Brought to you by The Verge, this is an in-depth look at the DJI Inspire 1 drone, the latest offering from the company that created the very famous Phantom drone models. You’ll learn how the Inspire 1 varies from the Phantom and other DJI products, and see just how full-featured this drone is (hint: it’s incredibly impressive). The Inspire 1 has made a lot of noise in the drone market, and for good reason.

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