2016 is going to be another exciting year for the drone industry. New drone technologies are in the offing, paving the way for advanced, smarter drones, especially with the entrance of some big names who want to have their own piece of the sky.
Intel has announced its entrance into the world of drones, with its acquisition of a German drone maker, according to the International Business Times.
Intel, the world’s biggest chip maker, is positioning itself at the forefront of the rapidly growing drone market by acquiring German company Ascending Technologies to help it deploy its camera technology, which allows drones to avoid obstacles automatically. The acquisition comes after some of Ascending Technologies’ drones incorporated Intel’s RealSense camera technology and the U.S. company last year made an investment in the German company. – Read more at:
Another new development in drone making is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Flight processors.
Qualcomm, a household name when it comes to the SoCs in your smartphones, have decided to take their first step into the development of drone technology with drone-specific processors. It’s no surprise that they want to gain a foothold in this up and coming market before anyone else can swoop in and steal their thunder. – Read more at:
The company says that its Snapdragon Flight processors will bring down the cost of drones, improve their battery life, and make advanced features more widely available. […]”We believe that, with this chip, we can cut the price of the average 4K camera drone from $1,200 down to $300 or $400,” Qualcomm’s Raj Talluri told The Verge in October. “And we think we can extend the battery life from 20 minutes to 45 to 60 minutes. That will open them up to a much broader audience and a whole new range of applications.” – Read more at:
If these are not exciting enough, GoPro might be coming up with their own drones as well.
When GoPro enters the drone market, it will be interesting to see what happens. Manufacturers of other drones might stop creating conditions for GoPro cameras to fly with their drones. It seems as if there’s a battle ahead for the conquest of the skies. The other option is to partner with a company to do a drone specifically for GoPro cameras, something the 3DR Solo could have been, but it seems GoPro will go some other way, and have their own flying machine during the first half of 2016. – Read more at:
For aerial photography afficionados, hobbyists and professionals alike, this review of the best drones launched at the CES 2016 will inspire. DJI’s Phantom 3 4K tops the list, and this seems great for drone photography services. – Read more here:
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