Consumer drones are about to get a little more military feeling. BYROBOT is debuting consumer level drones at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas the Drone Fighter, which it hopes will be big business for them. BYROBOT is a leading manufacturer and developer of flying robots for consumers use.
The Drone Fighter is an agile quadcopter that is fast and intended to be enjoyed on its own or with another drone fighter. When pairing two up together, they can compete in drone-to-drone combat with the use of infrared transmitters.
One of the most innovative features of the Drone Fighter is the ability to interact with another users device. The use of infrared transmitters and receivers allow the drones to combat each other. When one fighter is hit by an infrared beam from another Drone Fighter, the hit drone’s LED lights flash and the remote control will vibrate.
The Drone Fighter is also equipped different options to enhance the thrill of battle. Features like shields, bombs, accumulating totals and other features that bring realism home. The airborne device is also equipped with a type of Auto Land Technology that is intended to prevent the drone from crashing when it is shot down.
Using Zigbee wireless technology, the quadcopter, uses a standard remote control that allows users from beginners to experts easily control the drone. BYROBOT also has small HD cameras for the drone that allows users to capture HD video and still images. At CES, consumers will have a chance to test fly many drones that manufacturers are hoping will be a continuing big business for them.
Drones have made a huge impact in the consumer market over the last couple years, and more and more models from an ever-growing list of manufacturers are flooding the markets. A lot of questions about legality and public privacy have arisen from the consumer level drones.
DJI has seen a quick increase in drone sales over the last three years. Even with growing concerns over privacy and safety. The company is working closely with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to create rules for civilian drones.
There are already a number of safety features built in to many drones. For instance, In GPS-mode, a DJI drone will not operate within five miles of an airport. Features like this decrease the chance for something bad to take place. Pilots have raised concern about remote-controlled UAV potentially colliding with aircraft or creating other hazards at airports.
Another major concern about the remote-controlled devices is the social etiquette side. Privacy worries are a big concern when it comes to drones. Common sense would be the obvious solution, but not everyone operating a drone has common sense. One would not climb a telephone pole to look into a neighbor’s window, the same idea is that you shouldn’t spy on them with a drone.
Despite safety and privacy concerns, drones are going to be a major player for consumers at CES, with the hopes of many companies that they will bring them big business for 2015. It is not clear what a negative FAA ruling towards civilian versions would do to the ever growing business.
By Carl Auer