Edgybees Pioneers AR Game for DJI Drones
Israeli augmented reality (AR) startup Edgybees hit the headlines last week, when it announced the launch of the first ever AR mobile app for DJI drones. Giving a nod to Formula One’s premium competition, the Drone Prix app has been developed using DJI’s own kit for software development.
The mobile app will work with a number of DJI’s drones, including the Mavic Pro, Phantom 4 and Phantom 3. The concept is to allow users to hone their aerobatics skills without the risks currently associated with doing so. At present, pilots who aspire to compete in the world’s top drone racing competitions, are continually faced with the threat of damaging their drones, along with others’ property, in order to put their skills to the test.
The Drone Prix removes real world dangers from the equation, replacing them with their augmented reality equivalents, thus providing a safe training and learning experience. It is also expected that the app will become popular with new pilots who are looking to learn the basics of drone flight in a safe manner.
The game takes pilots through AR obstacle courses, which must be negotiated in the manner of arcade-style computer games. Just like its virtual predecessors, Drone Prix also allows pilots to pick up prizes and rewards throughout the course, adding another level of excitement to the action. Furthermore, pilots can save their scores to a worldwide leader board, according to their performance, points and time.
Not only that, users will be able to compete directly online with other pilots around the world. There are over 30 courses in total, providing the whole range of difficulty levels. The app itself is fully compatible with the most popular social media platforms, too, meaning it won’t be long until enthusiasts compare scores and performances on Facebook.
Edgybees’ addition to the world of drone racing comes about as a result of DJI’s openness to contributions from developers around the world. The support given by DJI to startup companies and developers looks destined to cement DJI as the globe’s top drone platform. Not only that, it is already providing the Shenzhen company with new business opportunities.
Those lucky enough to attend DJI’s New Pilot Experience Program, will be able to get a first-hand taste of what the new app is all about. It will also be made available to users at the Korea DJI Arena. Thanks to Drone Prix, it surely won’t be long until the top drone pilots have a new generation hot on their heels.
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