How You Can Buy a Drone Without Breaking the Bank

Drones are quickly becoming one of the most “must-have” items in the technology field, and if you don’t have one yet, you probably want to get one soon. But unless you work in a field that requires you to use a drone professionally, you probably aren’t wanting to spend a fortune on something you’ll end up using for entertainment more than anything else. Here’s a look at some ways you can get a drone without breaking the bank.

Be Specific With Needs

Drone prices vary wildly; toy drones can be bought for as little as $20 while professional-level drones can cost you around $1,000. One of the best ways is to make sure you don’t overspend. If you’re looking for a drone to fly around for a couple of hours on the weekends that can do some flips and basic tricks, you don’t need to spend a ton of money on something with a hi-def camera that can fly for hours on end. Before you make a decision or even start really looking, decide what you need out of your drone. Wondershare Filmora recommends that you ask yourself some questions and decide what you’re looking for. Basic recreational level drones don’t cost nearly as much as professional-level options.

Shop Around

Unless you go into a big-box store, you’re probably going to end up ordering your drone online. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, especially since it will enable you to see a wider variety of options as far as features and pricing. However, it’s vital that you do your homework on what you’re ordering from the internet. Common sense indicates that a drone with expensive parts will cost you more as a consumer, while a cheaper made drone will cost less but could have issues down the road. Domestic items often cost more while drones manufactured in China may be cheaper. When buying drones or drone parts directly from China, you need to check the company you’re ordering from carefully. While it can be a great way to cheaply find parts or models, the lack of oversight means there could be many low-quality knock-offs that won’t hold up, according to TonySourcing.

Don’t Be Afraid to Buy Used

If you’re looking to buy a relatively inexpensive drone, don’t rule out the concept of buying a used one. There’s a chance that you’re going to decide that drone flying isn’t the right hobby for you (and that’s OK), but that means other people may have decided it wasn’t right for them too. While you can find used drones for sale on social media or online auction sites, that may not be your best route. Unless you personally know the seller of the particular second-hand drone you’re looking at, check out some reputable drone selling sites to make sure you get what you’re looking for, says expert Quad Hangar.

Buying a drone doesn’t have to cost a fortune. There are lots of ways to figure out exactly the type of gadgets you want, how to use them, and where to buy. Find what you need, and happy flying!

Anafi Released By Parrot

Parrot Releases Anafi

Anafi was unveilled by Parrot just recently.  This folding drone is Parrot’s response to the Mavic Air.  Parrot is a French company who developed Anafi.  According to them, this folding drone is the product of two years of development.

The Features Of Anafi

The 0.7 pound drone is foldable.  This is for maximum portability.  The users of this drone, among them photographers, can stash it away along with their other equipment when travelling.  Or it can be just kept in a jacket pocket.  This feature is handy and convenient for drone users who are always on the go.

The Anafi is said to be clearly targetted directly at DJI’s Mavic line.  It has a 4Y HDR camera on board, and a 21 megapixel still unit mounted on a gimbal.  Parrot estimates battery life at 25 minutes.  This is quite solid, as far as this class of drone is concerned.

The Drone’s Other Features

Parrot says that the drone is the quietest in its class.  It is not literally quiet, though.  But the company’s previous drones sounded like lawn mowers.  With the Anafi, the sound has been reduced by about a third, compared with the company’s earlier models.

The drone has a controller that plugs into an iPhone or Android device, for touchscreen visualization through the FreeFlight 6 app.  It features a number of different control modes, focused on capturing different camera content.  This also include an option for following a subject, and of course, a selfie mode.

The Anafi’s Price And Availability

The drones price seems just right.  The drone costs $699, $100 cheaper than the Mavic Air.  At first glance, it does not appear to be as advanced as DJI’s latest stab at creating a truly mainstream drone.  Anafi is due to be out on July 1.  The drone will be available through Parrot, Amazon, and other “select retailers”.

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DJI Mavic Air Review

Review For The DJI Mavic Air

The review for the DJI Mavic Air is out.  This is a pocketable 4K drone you might want to have in 2018.  The drone is said to be a small one with huge ambitions.

The DJI Mavic Air packs 4k video recording, a three-axis gimbal,and an upgraded obstacle avoidance system and onboard storage.  It has a compact and foldable factor that easily slips into a jacket pocket.

Positive And Negative Features (And Qualities) Of The Drone

The best quality of the drone is its portability.  It has 4K  video at up to 100Mbps, 12MP HDR stills, near perfect obstacle avoidance, and 8GB internal storage.

Now its negative points.  The drone has slightly jerky gimbal controls.  It needs multiple batteries for a great flying experience, and its range should be improved.

DJI Mavic Air’s Price And Availability

The drone is now available in the market.  It costs $799 or 769 pounds or AU$1299) in Amazon, for the drone and its accessories.  For the Fly More Combo $999 (949 pounds or AU$ 1599).

The DJI Mavic Air is cheaper than its bigger in all ways Pro siblings.  If you buy the drone, you will also get a battery, the proprietary charger, and a redesigned remote controller.  You also get a carrying case, four propeller guards, and two full sets of propellers.

The Drone’s Image Quality

The drone has a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor and 4K video at 100 Mbps.  It also has 12MP HDR stills and 32MP panoramas.  ISO100-1600 for video and stills; ISO100-3200 for still in manual mode.  Its narrow ISO range does not affect image quality, except in low light conditions.

The Battery Life Of The Drone

The DJI Mavic Air has 22 minutes of battery life.  It fully charges in 55 minutes.  It has closer to 18 minutes of true flight time per battery.  Its remote battery life is 3 hours and fully charges in 3.5 hours.  For better performance of the drone, the Fly More bundle’s three batteries and charging hub is recommended.

The Final Verdict On The DJI Mavic Air

The DJI Mavic Air is the best drone for most people.  The reason for this is because of the fact that it fits top specs into a pocketable drone form factor.  Although its camera could have been better, it still captures excellent footages.  At $799, the drone is a very good buy.

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Nemo: Smart Submarine Drone That Takes UHD 4K Photo-Video Underwater

Don’t know how to dive or swim but mesmerized by the pull of underwater marine life? Nemo, from Aquarobotman, the smart drone that takes amazing UHD 4K photo and video will get you into the deep waters without having as much your toes getting wet. Launched at Kickstarter, it has already exceeded its goals and may be released by July 2018.

Unlike other drones in its class, it uses a “patented QAS-balance system with a 4 tandem thruster design” to give it the most stable video platform for amazing focus. To ensure clarity and vividness, Nemo has a built-in powerful lighting system, the  8 LED fill light matrix that makes undersea footages a cut above the rest. Designed by engineers, photographers, and divers, Nemo understands needs and is the perfect dovetailing of professional quality and ease of use.

With an app that is simple to use even by amateurs and a dedicated wifi signal to a depth of 100 meters, it is a fully-functional underwater drone that is priced within reach of consumers.

 

 

Controlled by your smartphone and paired with VR glasses, you can choose to store captured footage or stream it live so you can uncover mysteries and have fun exploring the depths.

It is perfect for fishing, diving, underwater photography and for conducting scientific studies even in previously difficult to reach underwater caves.

 

It takes stable photos to a depth of 100 meters or 328 ft. and captures videos at 30 frames per second. What does that mean? It means that the video is exceedingly smooth and not jumpy or pixellated. This means that you can take calculated risks and act with impeccable timing before actually jumping into the water. You’ll never have to miss out on the details or the live action ever again!

According to Aquarobotman as explained in Kickstarter, Nemo’s best features are:

  • Ultra stable UHD 4K, 30 fps camera
  • VR Goggles for a truly immersive experience
  • Immediate social sharing
  • Stable 4-Thruster technology
  • Longer diving hours with the long-life battery and quick battery changer

During its testing phase, it was put to utilitarian use like checking a ship’s engine problem and studying a pearl farm. The adventures were many: the deep-sea study of coral reefs, underwater grotto exploration, swimming alongside dolphins and manta rays in Hawaii as well as crocodile spotting in Florida.

You can still back Nemo at Kickstarter starting at $799 and have your own drone by July 2018. Its high-standard features will make this summer unforgettable whether you choose to be in or out of the water. Find Nemo and go off on an undersea adventure of a lifetime!

 

 

DJI Launched A Quieter Version of the Phantom 4 Pro

The new DJI Phantom 4 Pro is up to 60% quieter than its predecessor.

Drones are pretty much becoming a staple in photography and videography now and they do produce stunning visuals. They also provide endless uses for various industries. But the one thing a lot of people don’t like about them is the loud noise it produces. DJI’s latest Phantom 4 drones plans to solve that.

The Chinese technology company announced two new Phantom 4 drone models on Wednesday. The the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 and the Phantom 4 Pro+ V2 are now both available for purchase.

DJI claims that it managed to cut down the propeller noise by as much as 60%. That’s about 4dB less than the previous Phantom 4 model. This was achieved by using “new aerodynamic 9455S propellers and FOC ESC driver. According to the company, this offer “improved noise control and sinusoidal current”.

Apart from the reduced noise, the specs are still similar to the original Phantom 4 Pro. It still packs a 20 megapixel 1-inch CMOS sensor that records videos at up to 60fps. It also has the same flight time of 30 minutes, and sports the same design as its older brother. The newer version of DJI’s drone also retains its maximum speed of 45mph.

The Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is available now from DJI with a price tag of $1,499. The Phantom 4 Pro+ V2.0 kit that includes a remote control with an integrated display sells for $1,799.

Fliteboard™ eFoil: Fly Over Water This Summer

Is it a surfboard, is it a jetski or is it a “drone” – it’s Fliteboard! Quiet, wake-free, futuristic-looking, and smooth-sailing, it’s as close to walking over water as you can get! Definitely out of the ordinary, it sells currently at a hefty $12,000 but you can assemble your own and even take Fliteboard lessons in their school. While it gives you the sensation of flying over water, it actually is like a cross between a jetski, surfboard, and stilts. Definitely perfect for the current crop of millennials who take their adventure and travel goals seriously, it is portable, simple, fast, and emission-free and does not require wake or waves.

Not exactly for the faint-hearted nor for those who have never had surfing or jet-skiing experience, it is definitely for those who want to be one with nature in an eco-friendly way because you can actually “foil” or e-ski (for want of a better term)” alongside dolphins since the splash you create is not disruptive. Just imagine the exhilarating experience of doing this with your friends or sailing alone and taking breathtaking selfies! However, even beginners can dare get onboard as the Fliteboard can be configured to your skill level.

“You won’t forget your first time foiling.

Wings fly below while you soar above.” Fliteboard

It is easy to set-up and only needs water at least 1 meter deep to be operational; making oceans, rivers, lakes, and bays perfect playgrounds any time of the year (when water isn’t frozen). With a maximum speed of 40 km/hour and a range of 25 km., it is engaging for anyone who is thrilled with watersports. Novice and expert riders alike who weigh at most 80 kg. can foil (fly above water) for up to one hour per single charge.

Fliteboard is easy to transport and outstandingly engineered. Partially made of ballistic-grade Carbon Innegra, it durable but light enough to be as portable as an ordinary surfboard.

There are three designs including the Fliteboard PRO and Fliteboard AIR that can be customized according to wings, battery, and finishes. The handheld controller makes foiling safer with its intuitive controls. According to Fliteboard the remote control is easily updatable by smartphone and equipped with:

  • OLED color display,
  • GPS speed,
  • remaining battery power and time,
  • energy used per kilometer, and
  • access to a range of different riding modes.

The learning curve is different for everyone but Flite schools in Australia and New Zealand will soon make this a safe and enjoyable adventure. In fact, it’s been compared to riding a bike. The maximum speed achieved depends on the rider’s weight, experience and kind of wings used. During tests, cruising speed is 34 km./hour and top speed is 40 km./hr. Want to be among the first to enjoy this novel experience? Pre-order and reserve your unit now.

 

 

Drone Which Delivers Blood Invented

Invention Of A Drone Delivering Blood

A drone delivering blood has been invented. “It is like playing with a high-tech Bop It”, said Jeff Farr, a flight operator at Zipline.

All About The Drone

It is a nearly seven feet long autonomous fix winged aircraft zipping off a metal runway and into the sky. Jeff Farr is at the drone’s delivery start-up Zipline’s newest test site in California’s Central Valley. His task was to test out a white-bodied, red-winged, battery-powered glider with a ten foot wingspan. This was designed to drop medical packages midflight.

It sounded like a massive zipper unzipping. The drone shoots along an inclining metal track. The carriage that propels the drone down the runway brakes at the end. It is then sent slingshotting the drone forward and into the air.

Blood Delivery

Zipline has been testing drones which will deliver blood to save lives. During the testing, they used water packs instead of real blood. The drone will be carrying a cold package which has blood in it. The team testing on how to deliver the blood properly worked hard to make the procedure a perfect one.
According to one of the people involved with the testing of drones delivering blood is that you can get hooked up with it. Knowing that what they are doing will be a great help to save lives made them work harder to achieve perfection.

Places Where These Drones Are Used

These drones are used to deliver blood to hospitals. But it is of little use in the city. These drones will be used in rural areas where they have limited access to trauma centers and other medical facilities.

The company had signed a contract with Rwanda. It is a known fact that death rates are higher in rural areas where they do not have proper preventive care centers. These drones can be of great help because it can deliver medical supplies and blood to those rural and inaccessible places where these are needed.

The efforts of the people at Zipline may seem ordinary to others, as it may look like they are just playing, to others. But what they do not know is that these people are helping doctors and other medical practitioners save lives.

Digital License Plates To Be Tested In Dubai Starting Next Month

Dubai drivers may soon be using digital number plates for their cars.

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Vehicles have evolved so much ever since they were first invented centuries ago. License plates however, have stayed relatively unchanged. Dubai is planning to challenge that by introducing digital ones according to a report from BBC.

The city will start testing digital “ smart plates” on some vehicles in May. The plates will have digital screens, GPS and transmitters.

According to the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, these devices will help improve the emergency response time for crashes or theft. Registration renewal, parking fines and toll fees can also be instantly deducted from the owner.

Sultan Abdullah explains that the test will help determine and address any potential kinks and glitches in the technology. This includes the plates’ ability to withstand Dubai’s intense climate. The final cost for the digital plates would not be known until the trial ends in November.

However, concerns on privacy are being raised because the smart plates are fitted with GPS. This allows the transport authorities to track drivers location anytime. There is also a potential for hacking since transport authorities are able to change license numbers remotely.

The smart plates are part of Dubai’s continued effort to become an international technology hub. Last year, the city announced their plans to use drone taxis as well as high-speed Hyperloop pods for transportation.

 

Ehang Shows Off Passenger Drone’s Flight Success

Ehang shows off a footage of passenger drone’s first flight success

This week Ehang shows off their latest test flights of its Ehang 184 personal Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV). The company plans to improve the passengers experience aboard the drone and an additional manual control. So if a passenger does have a piloting experience, they can operate the AAV manually. It was also developed and tested to carry two passengers at the same time and can carry up to 280kg.

The Ehang 184 was first unveiled at CES 2015. And last year, the they were granted ASC9100C certification. AS9100 is a widely adopted standardized aerospace industry quality management system.

The Ehang 184’s Specs

Earlier this year, the company announced these specs for the Ehang 184:

• Automated flight, through a C&C Center;
• Multiple backups for all flight systems, which would take over seamlessly in the event of failure;
• A fail-safe system that automatically would evaluate the damage. If any components were to malfunction or if there were damage in-flight. And it can also determine whether the AAV should land to ensure passenger safety;
• Multiple independent flight control systems that automatically would plot the fastest and safest route.
• Vertical takeoff and landing;
• 100 percent battery operated;
• Built-in air conditioner
• Encrypted communications systems;
• Tablet console for passengers to input commands;
• LTE network;
• Weight – 260kg;
• Flight speed – 100kph;
• Cruising altitude – 500m;
• Cruising duration above sea level – 25 minutes;
• Battery charging time – 1 hour; and
• Rated payload – 100kg

The Ehang 184 has eight propellers on four arms, with each arm having one prop above and one below.

Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group said referring to the battery technology of the drone, “The power needed to lift and hold a vehicle in the air massively reduces [a drone’s] effective flying distance.”

He also added, “Until this power problem is addressed, flying drones will be more of a technology showcase than effective transportation. However it will eventually be addressed. The economics of flight will force a reasonably rapid change.”

A lot of drone makers are experimenting with hybrids running in both electricity and gasoline or diesel. Some said that there are problems in battery-powered flight such as the possibility of a catastrophic battery failure.

Tech Rental Sites Allow Consumers To Experience The Latest Gadgets Before Buying

The latest gadgets today can be really pricey.. and don’t get me wrong, it’s okay to buy those cool gadgets if they’re worth the price. Of course, there’s a long list of things to consider like how often you’re going to use it, the purpose of using it, how it’s going to help you in the long run, and the list goes on. The only way to figure out is to experience it first hand.

It seems like the Tech God heard our prayers and he gave us these tech rental sites.

Yija Wang wanted to cover her best friend’s wedding using a drone. However, a drone will cost her an arm and leg. Not only that, she knew that even she had the money to buy a drone, she wouldn’t use it often.

So, being the resourceful girl she is, Yija looked for a gadget rental site. She scored a drone for a month for less than a hundred bucks! How cool is that!

In just a click of a mouse, she rented it, paid for it, and it was delivered in front of her doorsteps.

Learn more about Yija’s story here.

Yija rented from Grover, a tech rental site. There are also other sites like Lumoid, which allows you to rent gadgets from iPad to camera kits. The rental fee starts at $30 depending on the length of rent. To secure their gadgets, these sites have damage waiver fees. And if you cant afford to buy yourself one then you can get a loan from Lån på dagen.

To sign up, you just need to put in your information and pay a refundable deposit in case the items were trashed.

After using the gadgets, the deposit will be immediately refunded after they were shipped back without damages.

Some sites also offer rent to own options.

According to a tech expert, these sites are really helpful for those who are a bit tight on cash or afraid to spend money on gadgets they haven’t tried yet. Now they are going to Debt Consolidation Company to cover their financials.

These sites are indeed safe and easy to use. However, consumers should always read the policies and make sure that the fees are reasonable.

It’s also important to wipe away all your personal info or images after using the gadgets.