Coastline Robotics @The Interdrone expo in Las Vegas September 14, 2015 16:34 2 Comments
In my opinion there is no better place to be for a drone lover than at a drone convention. Everybody attending loves drones, you get the latest news of the drone industry first hand, new product releases and the possibility to interact with them. And the city was the perfect setting. People use to say "What happens in Vegas stay in Vegas"... well this time is not the case.
The film festival was a very pleasant way to start the event, we were watching top notch quality videos made by professional and amateur videographers showing unbelievable places from perspectives never seen before. The main categories that were evaluated by the international pool of judges were: Natural Wonders, Cityscapes and Architecture, Action Sports, Acrobatics/Technical Skill, Storytelling, Reel and Best Overall. The winners in each category won $500 and the overall winner won $2.000 dollars with the impressive film "Jordan from the air".
The entire film was shot with a DJI Inspire and a DJI Phantom 2, equipped with the H3-3D gimbal along with a GoPro Hero 4.
Start up companies had the opportunity to showcase their new projects in a special area called "The Hangar", most of them were under development but we could see a glimpse of what is coming up on the side of monitoring devices and complementary accessories for drones and even a new social media application exclusively designed for drones.
Vufine was one of the companies that caught a lot of attention because of their ultra mini sized wearable HD display. The system designed for filming applications works perfectly with all devices that support HDMI, so good news for DJI lovers. The release date is coming next year. This project was 100% crowd funded on Kickstarter and won the title of the coolest start up company at the event.
The main course
Many interesting things happened during the event. DJI released their new filming system; YUNEEC released their new line of high performance drones and new and powerful series of sensors for industrial applications were exhibited. Many people were expecting more from traditional companies like 3D Robotics, which only had a stand with a solo simulator but not much innovation, although it was not official we heard comments about the release of their new Flight controller, Pixhawk 2 should be released by the end of this year.
Photographers and videographers using DJI’s drones to capture their images must be excited about the latest announcement made by DJI at the InterDrone convention. DJI announced what it said to be the first commercial aerial Micro Four Thirds camera. Micro Four Thirds is a sensor 8x the size of the current Inspire 1 camera and it's capable of capturing video in 4K Cinema DNG RAW format at 24-30fps.
The Zenmuse X5 features 4K video at up to 30FPS; the ability to record at 4096x2160 or 3840x2160; 16MP photographers; and 12.8 stops of dynamic range. With the Zenmuse X5, users also have the freedom to choose their own lens. The camera currently supports the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 lens or the M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 lens; DJI’s MFT 15mm f/1.7 ASPH Prime lens; and the Panasonic Lumix 15mm G Leica DG Summilux f/1.7 ASPH lens.
Accompanying the Zenmuse X5 announcement was the Zenmuse X5R, designed for recording videos in RAW. It features lossless cinema 4K RAW video, the ability to record at 4096x2160 or 3840x2160, an average bitrate of 1.7GBPS, removable 512GB SSD, 16MP photography, and 12.8 stops of dynamic range.
The company winner of the Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prize (LEAP) brought to the conference two eye catching and very well equipped designs. The TYPHOON and the TORNADO.
One thing that caught our attention was that they come with a complete set up to start making your own videos. A fully functional FPV system is built into the Radio Control and an innovative Handheld 3 axis gimbal make these kits the most complete in the market currently.
Affordable Virtual Reality
The German company Zeiss introduced the VR ONE HD Goggles, which are very practical for FPV. It has a head tracking function which has the camera move following your head movement, also it has an option to switch between line of sight or FPV and it uses the screen of your smartphone displaying sizes between 4.7 and 5.2 inches. They are available for purchase at a sweet price only $160.00 USD.
Huge birds for heavy duty work.
We had the pleasure of meeting Justin CEO and Charles the Co-founder of IDRA. (International Drone Racing Association) Also got to of hang out with The Space One FPV crew, Bob and Sid who are super cool dudes. Races are coming soon to BC!
We didn't see just drones, here is a picture of Abi from DronesPlus Las Vegas showing us the new self balancing scooter in heels no less. A very cool gadget to have for this Christmas and we'll have them in stock soon too.
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