Spring has finally sprung ... more so in some parts of the world, as snow skiing is still underway near me! Summer's on the way. And hey, many of us in the United States have a three-day weekend coming up! All of which causes a not-so young man's fancy to lightly turn to thoughts of ... drones!
After all, they're the hottest thing in consumer electronics at the moment. They're cool. They're fun. They're edgy (just ask the FAA). And they're increasingly inexpensive, as more suppliers (and their products) enter the market. Makes you want to go out and buy one and fly it around in the Colorado Bluebird Sky, doesn't it?
But which one(s) should you get? That's where this article comes in. Most of the following candidates are already available for purchase in advance of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. And if not, there's always the July 4th weekend, or the Labor Day weekend, or the (insert favorite upcoming holiday weekend in your locale) weekend.
DJI Phantom 4 Ask anyone who's already played around with a drone, and they'll probably tell you that aside from the initial elementary learning curve of figuring out how to launch, fly, and land the darn thing, the two biggest issues with them are keeping them from running into things (walls, trees, other drones, etc) and keeping them video-recording in a stable manner whatever you've got the camera trained on at the time.
Market leader DJI's latest Phantom 4 quadrotor strives to solve both of these problems. It leverages its integrated camera not only for video capture but also, in conjunction with an on-board Movidius Myriad 2 processor, to tackle a variety of computer vision tasks ... object detection and avoidance, for example, as well as object recognition and auto-tracking. Check out the following promo video for more details: