Identical to final yr, we paid a go to to the annual Drone Rodeo within the Nevada desert forward of the primary day of CES this yr.
In contrast to final yr, although, the climate was horrible. As we arrived on the Clark County Capturing Complicated (and no, drone capturing wasn’t on this system), it was already windy and miserably chilly. After about ten minutes, it began raining. Unsurprisingly, drones don’t like rain and regardless that 3DR, DJI, Parrot and quite a lot of different drone producers have been available, we barely noticed any drones flying for the remainder of the afternoon. I actually hoped Parrot would fly its new Disco drone, nevertheless it wasn’t meant to be.
As an alternative, we headed inside and had a great chat with the organizer of the Rodeo and a few the distributors who have been exhibiting contained in the heated, welcoming tent the staff had fortunately arrange. Here’s what we noticed.
First off, we chatted with Drone Rodeo organizer Matt Sloan about this yr’s occasion.
We then went on to speak to the makers of the Nixie drone, which payments itself because the “first wearable digital camera that may fly.” Nixie co-founder and COO Jelena Jovanovic from Nixie explains the corporate’s unconventional drone to us.
Drones and wearables apparently go collectively somewhat properly. The FlyPro workforce constructed a comply with-me drone that comes with a (giant) smartwatch-like controller that permits you to management the drone utilizing voice enter.
And drones don’t should be difficult. What in case you might simply add a motor and a controller to a paper airplane? That’s precisely what the PowerUp FPV paper airplane does — and it even lets you use a smartphone and a digital actuality viewer to see your flight from the attitude of the paper airplane. The workforce simply completed a profitable Kickstarter marketing campaign.
Simply as we have been about to go away, Parrot CEO Henri Seydoux additionally walked into the tent (solely to seek out that his staff had already fled the chilly to go again into the nice and cozy embrace of Vegas’ casinos). So we grabbed him for a quick interview concerning the state of the drone business.
And since we couldn’t expertise it ourselves, here’s what the drone race course would’ve seemed like if it hadn’t rained…