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Fascinated by the idea of gesture-controlled drones like the DJI Spark, but not willing to drop more than $100?
This Aura drone from KD Interactive is controlled entirely via a glove — and it is just $99.
There’s no RC transmitter or phone app involved, so the control of the drone entirely is up to the way you wave your hand. Tilt your hand up, and the drone flies higher. Tilt your palm toward your body, and the drone comes to the ground. A certain flick of your wrist will also make the drone flip.
It is certainly not something that is easy to fly at first (when compared with drones that have traditional RC joysticks) but that’s the fun of it. This drone is utterly hilarious to learn how to fly. And once you get the hang of it, it’s surprisingly easy.
Here’s how it works: put a glove on your hand, then attach a watch-like controller around the palm of your hand.
The Aura drone’s wrist controller has a takeoff and land button — a handy feature in case the drone flies out of control and an emergency landing is needed. Smart drone design also comes with propeller guards already installed. You’ll inevitably crash into a few walls, so the propeller guards keep everything safe and unscathed.
The drone has 5-7 minutes of flight time — but given that you likely will have some crashes in there, it’s much longer than that in terms of play time. It comes with a range of 23 feet, but you wouldn’t want the drone to go much farther than that anyway given the gesture control.
The drone does not have a camera which may be disappointing for some, but given the low price point, that’s reasonable. If you absolutely need a camera, look elsewhere — but that’s not the intent of this drone.
The Aura drone is definitely something for the dronies out there who enjoy flying purely for the fun of it — or are looking for a new mode of flying. It’s not something you would be able to race or take pictures with, but it’s the perfect gift for lots of laughs. It is well priced and loads of fun — and a completely innovative, different idea. It is a totally hilarious Christmas gift that not just dronies — but the whole family will have fun with.
This Aura drone is controlled entirely via glove — and learning to fly it is totally hilarious was originally posted at http://thedronegirl.com/2017/12/12/aura-drone-gesture-control/ by Sally French
$1,000 is Up for Grabs Every Week – AirVuz Drone Video of the Week Contest!
$1,000 is Up for Grabs Every Week – AirVuz Drone Video of the Week Contest! was originally posted at https://dronelife.com/2018/04/08/1000-grabs-every-week-airvuz-drone-video-week-contest/ by Miriam McNabb
The Alliance for Drone Innovation
The new organization will address the same issues – but the coalition has now expanded to include suppliers and software developers of both personal and professional drones “as well as the innovative Americans who fly them for recreational, artistic, and business purposes,” says the Alliance.
“ADI is focused on promoting innovation and the growth of the unmanned aircraft industry for both personal and professional use,” says ADI. “…ADI promotes awareness among policymakers, media and the general public of how drones help society, ensuring that government policies allow everyone to achieve the benefits of safe and responsible drone flight.”
“We look forward to working with Congress, the administration, and other stakeholders on policies that promote innovation and allow the drone market to flourish in a responsible and safe manner,” said ADI Executive Director Jenny Rosenberg.
In addition to legal protections for recreational operators as mentioned above, the ADI supports a micro-drone classification exempting very small and lightweight aircraft from certain laws, and the preservation of FAA preemption. FAA preemption refers to the idea that the FAA should maintain ultimate authority over the airspace, preventing state, tribal and local governments from passing their own drone laws.
The Alliance for Drone Innovation was originally posted at https://dronelife.com/2018/04/07/alliance-drone-innovation/ by Miriam McNabb
Firefly Drone Shows: The Team Behind That Viral Video Expands Their Fleet
Press Release: Firefly Drone Shows, founded by Kyle Dorosz and Ryan Sigmon, is expanding their fleet to 200 custom-built drones and booking for a variety of outdoor events this summer. They are the third company in the United States to gain approval for performing across the country, and one of the few in the world to also possess a night waiver from the FAA for drone shows. Routines are pre-programmed, choreographed, and automated by a computer to create any design imaginable in the sky. This level of customization makes light shows an ideal alternative to traditional fireworks for corporate, private, and special events.
Firefly recently made headlines in regional news outlets, including MLive and ABC 12, after a video of their first test performance, recorded by Grand Blanc resident Kaylin Adams, went viral. Dorosz was operating 30 drones at dusk, from Holly Cloud Hoppers flying field, which piqued the curiosity of Adams plus 10-15 other drivers who parked on the shoulder of the I-75 highway to safely view the synchronized light show.
Traditional fireworks are loud, costly, can be used only once, and emit various harmful toxins. Drone shows don’t leave a carbon footprint and can be executed repeatedly, something co-founder Dorosz believes will appeal to to eco-conscious industries including music and entertainment. “We are able to create bright, impactful displays in the sky without the significant pollution or steep costs generally associated with fireworks.”
A light show can last up to 20 minutes. However, additional drones can be launched to replace drones with depleted batteries, creating a seamless and continuous light show. Anyone attending a music festival, county fair, or corporate event this summer will be relieved to know that if they spot groups of lights performing mesmerizing routines, it’s likely a Firefly Drone Show at work and not a visit from extraterrestrial beings.
About Firefly Drone Shows
Firefly provides synchronized drone light shows for corporate and private events, as well as custom applications. One of the only FAA-approved companies in the world, Firefly offers the latest technology operated by the most experienced pilots.
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