Who says quadcopters have to look alike? Jin Xing Da (JXD) Pterosaurs offsets two of the propellers to allow it to maintain the form factor of a flying dinosaur…sort of. This is designed as a toy, but it does have a built-in camera and operates like most quadcopters.
Are you a fisherman who wants to see what the fish sees? Then get a PowerVision PowerRay. This tethered submariner drone can take your line and lure wherever you want (or at least in the water). It even works with PowerVision VR Goggles. The detachable Fishfinder can also be used standalone to provide details about fish distribution, temperature, and depth, and even deliver fish alerts. Fishing doesn’t seem fair with the PowerRay.
The Thunder Tiger (TT) Robotix SeaWolf is a more conventional underwater submersible vehicle in form and function. It has a wired remote control. The system runs with an OBL 320 KV brushless motor. It is compatible with the GoPro that mounts in the front of the submarine.
The Hover Camera Passport not only folds up (right), but has advanced tracking features such as face and body tracking. The drone is encased in a lightweight carbon fiber box. It is only 242 grams so it does not have to be registered in the U.S. It will fly for 10 minutes at up to 8 m/s. It communicates via Wi-Fi.
PowerVision’s PowerEgg folds up into an egg shape. It has a flip down landing gear, is designed to support a stabilized 4K camera, and can stream to a device up to 5 kilometers distant. The flight time is 23 minutes courtesy of a 6400 mAh battery. The GPS system can be set up to limit the flight to specified areas in addition to preventing flight too close to the person with the controller. It can be set to orbit a point with the camera tracking that point in addition to flying a preplanned path.
Cleo Drone only weighs 65 grams and fits inside a 92-mm by 92-mm by 32-mm box. It will fly for 15 minutes and charge in three times that. The 13 Mpixel camera streams 720p video and can record 1,080p video. Plus, it fits in the palm of your hand, or pocket, or whatever.
Mota JetJat Ultra has a 100-ft. range, five minutes of flight time, and gyroscopic stabilization. It can stream video to a smartphone or tablet as well as taking still images. Of course, the remote device will need to save these multimedia artifacts because there is no storage in the tiny quadcopter. Plus, it fits into the controller for safe keeping.
Technology Editor Bill Wong saw quite a bit at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show. Here are some of the drones he came across. Most were quadcopters of a sort, but there were some interesting alternatives as well.
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