Drone Racing, The Newest Sport in Town

With the growing enthusiasm generated by the young drone industry comes the newest sport in town – drone racing, or aptly called FPV drone racing.

In October of last year, an article by the CreatorsProjects.com talks of a trial run in France, by a group of French quadcopter racing fanatics wherein drone enthusiasts discuss what they call a “new discipline,” which involves FPV (first person view) remote-controlled quadcopter racing through a mile-long forest circuit. The pilots compete in groups of four and can only see the course through video glasses. The camera-mounted drones, which are custom-built to smaller sizes to maximize effectiveness, relay the live racing footage back to the user.

Likewise, in this week’s CES 2015 in Las Vegas, spectators were also treated to a fpv drone race, set up as part of the Drone Rodeo being put on by DJI, one of the biggest names in the business. DJI folks were there to show off their newest unit, the Inspire One, but they also invited a bunch of industry partners to help them demonstrate some of the crazier things people are doing with drones these days. The most prominent sport emerging from the boom in consumer drones is racing β€” and racing with a first-person view, or FPV racing, using video glasses, as reported in an article by The Verge.com.

Using the headsets, participants tested their drone operating skills on an intense, timed race course β€” swerving in and out of javelins as quickly as possible to get to the finish line. Sometimes this resulted in a drone or two careening out of view, losing itself in the sky. And for those who were looking to get their hands a little dirty, there was the β€œGame of Drones,” a small fighting arena in which pilots intentionally crashed their drones into one another. For this event, participants used the Action Sports Airframe, a drone body design that’s able to resist fire, water, and extreme impacts. Read more here:

Consumer drones are becoming more and more popular and in demand, its uses getting to be more diverse than ever. With drone racing clicking well among those who have tried it so far, it seems the new sport will go a long way. As Ben Popper (The Verge) says in his article: As drones become a ubiquitous toy, it’s fair to ask if this is the beginning of a brand sport with mainstream potential, or a fad that will fade after a few years. For my money, the experience of FPV racing, the feeling of flight without ever leaving the ground, is something that will captivate people for decades to come.

Meanwhile, the demand continues to grow for drones used for aerial photography services. At the CES2015 event, AirDog has been named the Best Robot or Drone: What separated AirDog from the many (many) other drones at CES this year was its clear focus. Its sole purpose is to be your dedicated aerial cameraman.


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