Shenzhen-based Tovsto may be a new brand in consumer drones having been in the market for only a year but that hasn’t stopped it from fielding an impressive lineup of drones ranging from small FPV racers to industrial drones.
Monthly Archive: January 2017
It’s good to see trickle down technology made available in toy drones from time to time. WLToys’ latest Q393 is one such toy drone to feature technology that was once only available in more advanced drones — telemetry.
The Nimbus 195 racing drone can slam into walls, crash into mud and water and continue flying. Heck, even the propellers won’t break and it can get rolled over by a car and still survive. It is quite possibly the most durable racing drone ever produced.
All is not well with the Lily Drone. The company which planned to build it and took $34 million in advance orders has decided to pull down the shutters and is promising refunds for all customers. To make matters worse, it is now the target of a lawsuit.
In a bizarre move not long after it removed the Phantom 3 Advanced, Professional and 4K models from its online store, DJI has announced that it is terminating production of the Phantom 4 — making it the Phantom with the shortest lifespan since the range was introduced a few years ago.
The US Army, in a joint effort with the Marine Corps, is currently developing a hover bike drone which could be used to resupply soldiers on the front lines of a battlefield. The project is called Joint Tactical Aerial Resupply Vehicle (JTARV) and has been in development at the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) for over two years.
Last Saturday, the very first intercollegiate drone race in the US was held inside the Purdue Armory in West Lafayette, Indiana. The event was organized by the Purdue Drone Club — one of the largest drone clubs in the US.
Just a few days ago, DJI discontinued the sale of the Professional and Advanced versions of its Phantom 3 aerial photography drone leaving only the Phantom 3 Standard. This is disappointing news, especially for those who see the P3 Pro and Standard as excellent value for money and hope to get their hands on one.
Not content with their success in the drone market, DJI appears to be making serious moves into other areas of photography. Recent reports from a number of sources suggest that the Chinese tech leader has already bought itself a hefty chunk of one European camera maker.
The rivalry between DJI and GoPro in the portable aerial photography drone market was one of the most epic UAV battles we saw in 2016. So epic that both companies fumbled after releasing their products. Julio Ventura takes a look at how these two big boy toys compare to each other.