DJI launches big FPV sale amidst coronavirus ‘stay at home’ orders

DJI launches big FPV sale amidst coronavirus ‘stay at home’ orders

If there was ever a best moment for DJI to host a big FPV sale, it’s now. In the wake of recommendations, and sometimes flat out rules to stay at home and flatten the curve of the coronavirus spread, many drone pilots have seen their approach to the hobby change. Drone pilots who used to travel for conferences, flight jobs, gathering footage or racing competitions have seen that on hold. But there’s one particular arm of the drone industry that seems to be seeing a surge: FPV drone racing. Drone Racing League founder and CEO Nicholas Horbaczewski, which started broadcasting its latest season in China at the end of January and into February (at the height of the coronavirus surge in China) said Chinese viewership reached around seven million — up 70% on 2018. By mid-March, DRL’s tryout series  attracted 300,000 viewers, a 10% jump from the week prior. And it’s not just the pros who are ramping up drone racing right now. Drone racing is on the rise among high school aged kids too. The Youth Drone Sports Championships still went on last weekend using a drone racing simulator (rather than the high school where it was scheduled to take place at, in real life). Drone racing is, in many ways, made for a stay at home lifestyle. Watching it is primarily done through online streaming. DRL is broadcast on TV channels like NBC, Sky Sports and FOX Sports Asia, and also streamed on sites like Twitter, Twitch, Weibo

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UniSA working on ‘pandemic drone’ to detect coronavirus

UniSA working on ‘pandemic drone’ to detect coronavirus

A ‘pandemic drone’ to remotely monitor and detect people with infectious respiratory conditions is being developed by the University of South Australia (UniSA) in partnership with a Canadian company. The drone will be fitted with a specialised sensor and computer vision system that can monitor temperature, heart and respiratory rates, as well as detect people […] A ‘pandemic drone’ to remotely monitor and detect people with infectious respiratory conditions is being developed by the University of South Australia (UniSA) in partnership with a Canadian company. The drone will be fitted with a specialised sensor and computer vision system that can monitor temperature, heart and respiratory rates, as well as detect people Read More

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Has General Aviation just shot itself in the foot?

Has General Aviation just shot itself in the foot?

There is an unfounded perception that drones are dangerous and going to bring down hundreds of passenger aircraft. Gatwick was shut down and chaos ensued based on zero evidence of a drone in the sky. It was a chicken licken story from start to finish that created a narrative for regulators and CUAS sales folks […] There is an unfounded perception that drones are dangerous and going to bring down hundreds of passenger aircraft. Gatwick was shut down and chaos ensued based on zero evidence of a drone in the sky. It was a chicken licken story from start to finish that created a narrative for regulators and CUAS sales folks Read More

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ArduCopter-Sitl for artificial intelligence

This video demonstrates a modified ArduPilot-Gazebo simulation for artificial intelligence (AI). A ROS subscriber is implemented with a AI python script. A human walking actor is added in Gazebo to simulate a human obstacle. More details can be found at my wiki. This video demonstrates a modified ArduPilot-Gazebo simulation for artificial intelligence (AI). A ROS subscriber is implemented with a AI python script. A human walking actor is added in Gazebo to simulate a human obstacle. More details can be found at my… Read More

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Skyfire Acquires Viking UAS to Tackle COVID Drone Ops

Skyfire Consulting has acquired a majority stake in Viking UAS, a drone design and manufacturing company operating in the military research sector. A Skyfire press release says the Maine-based company will work on drone solutions for “sectors such as public safety, infrastructure and last-mile delivery for coronavirus-related medical supplies.” “After nearly six years of helping […] The post Skyfire Acquires Viking UAS to Tackle COVID Drone Ops appeared first on DRONELIFE. Skyfire Consulting has acquired a majority stake in Viking UAS, a drone design and manufacturing company operating in the military research sector. A Skyfire press release says the Maine-based company will work on drone solutions for “sectors such as public safety, infrastructure and last-mile delivery for coronavirus-related medical supplies.” “After nearly six years of helping The post Skyfire Acquires Viking UAS to Tackle COVID Drone Ops appeared first on DRONELIFE. Read More

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