1Drones at 2016 CES: From Paper Airplanes to One-Passenger Vehicles
2Qualcomm Taking to the Air
Qualcomm, best known for its mobile chips for smartphones and tablets, in September 2015 unveiled Snapdragon Flight, a platform that pulls together everything from processing power to navigation, 4K video and cameras onto a 58mm-by-40mm board. At the show, Tencent and ZeroTech demonstrated a commercial drone called Ying based on Snapdragon Flight.
3Intel Brings Drones to the Stage
CEO Brian Krzanich has said systems like drones are key parts of the company’s growth strategy, and at CES, demonstrated how drones from Yuneec armed with Intel’s RealSense 3D camera technology can avoid obstacles. Last year, Intel invested $60 million in Yuneec, and, as CES got underway, announced it was buying drone software maker Ascending Technologies.
4Yuneec and Its New Drone
5DJI Brings WiFi to Its Phantom Line
6Drone Videos Made a Bit Easier
3D Robotics introduced a few new features for its Solo drones. This includes the mobile app and multipoint cable cam that lets users fly to a spot, frame the shot and then mark it in the app rather than having to create a flight plan ahead of time in the app. Users also can save the flight plan in the app.
7Using Drones for Humanitarian Work
8Out of the Box, Into the Air
9The Flying Camera
10A High-Tech Paper Airplane
PowerUp Toys introduced a drone made of paper that consumers fold and then, using directions, install all the components—including a power supply, onboard computer, WiFi system and propulsion system. The device weighs two ounces and can be controlled via a smartphone or a virtual reality headset. It launches with the swipe of a finger.
11Have Drone, Will Travel
Odyssey Toys at CES introduced the Pocket drone, a UAV that features collapsible rotors that tuck into the body of the vehicle. Once the rotors are stored away, the device reportedly is about the size of an Apple iPhone 6. It also includes a built-in camera that shoots 720p video, WiFi and a microSD card.
12A Drone With a Futuristic Feel
13Rinspeed Has It All
At CES, the company not only introduced Etos, a concept car that can drive itself, but also one that comes with its own drone. It also has its own landing pad for the drone on the back of the car, which itself is based on a BMW i8. Designers said there are multiple uses for the drone: For example, if the car is stuck in traffic, the driver can use the drone to map out alternative routes.
14Get in the Drone and Go
Chinese drone maker EHang unveiled the Ehang 184, a concept vehicle that can carry a single passenger weighing up to 220 pounds over short distances. Through an onboard tablet in the cockpit, the passenger can input a destination, and then goes along for the ride as the drone automatically takes off, flies and lands. The 5-foot-high drone has four arms, eight rotors and weighs 440 pounds.