Posted on September 10, 2018
If you are creative, technically inclined and have an idea for the next big innovation in the field of drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) then listen up!
Each year GENIUS NY (Growing Entrepreneurs In Upstate New York) awards innovative startups from around the world with millions of dollars in funding for their drone-based ideas and businesses.
This year they are at it again and are looking to hand out millions of dollars to startups in the drone industry.
GENIUS NY is currently accepting applications for the drone pitch competition which takes place later this year. For a chance to participate in the competition you must apply by October.
Those who are selected will move forward and pitch their ideas to a panel of judges, with a live audience present, and have their work evaluated and scored.
From there GENIUS NY will award five lucky finalists teams with a total of $3 million dollars in funding to ring their drone ideas to life.
The top team will be granted a $1 million dollar investment and the other four teams will be awarded $500,000 each. Read More
Posted on August 23, 2018
I just finished watching the live stream of the DJI Mavic 2 event…
and I have to say I am even more excited than I was when I first started reading the leaks. Why?
Well today DJI released two different versions of their Mavic drone line and they both have some impressive features that weren’t leaked before the event.
To get you up to speed you need to know there are now two different versions, the Mavic 2 Zoom and the Mavic 2 Pro.
Mavic 2 Drone Specs:
- Both drones come with 8GB of onboard storage (storage can still be increased with a microSD card)
- Both drones shoot 4K footage at up to 100 megabits per second (which means better-looking footage)
- Both drones have a top speed of 44 mph (whoa!)
- Both drones get 31 minutes of flight time (first Mavic was 28mins)
- Both drones have 10 sensors for obstacle avoidance which means they have up & down, forward & backward, left & right obstacle sensing (for added peace of mind)
- Both drones have the new OcuSync 2.0 system which means you’ll get great looking 1080p live image transmission (niceeee)
- Both drones have a maximum range of up to five miles (line of sight anyone?)
- Both drones are quieter than the first Mavic (great news)
- Both drones have the new Hyperlapse mode (sooooooo cool)
Day to night DJI Mavic 2 hyperlapse
Posted on August 22, 2018
Did you know DJI is releasing a brand new Mavic 2 drone this week?
I have to be honest, I am pretty dang excited.
The new Mavic 2 is expected to be offered in 2 or 3 configurations tomorrow for DJI’s “See the Bigger Picture” event in New York.
The event starts tomorrow, Thursday, August 23 at 10am EDT. A direct link for DJI’s live stream of the event is right here.
DJI Mavic 2 Leaks & Photos
(the prices listed above are likely for placeholder & not accurate) Read More
Posted on July 22, 2018
In today’s tutorial, I am going to show you how to hand catch and hand launch your DJI Mavic Pro and DJI Mavic Air.
Watch the tutorial here, or read the written tutorial after the jump:
Now why would you want to hand catch or hand land your drone instead of just taking off from the ground? Good question, I’m glad you asked!
Well if you’re anything like me and you love flying your DJI Mavic Pro or DJI Mavic Air I’m sure at some point there is going to be a time when your surroundings are either uneven, rocky, sandy, wet or dusty.
All of those elements can make it hard to take off and when props are spinning if there are loose particles and elements present (like dirt and sand) they can easily fly up and end up in your prop’s motors which could cause problems later down the road.
Another reason is maybe you forgot to bring a drone take-off/landing pad with you or you want to take off from a moving vehicle like a boat.
In each of those scenarios using the following tips for hand launching and hand catching your drone will be very helpful.
Before we start it is important to mention that hand launching and hand catching your drone can be dangerous so please don’t try this until you feel very experienced and comfortable with your controlling your drone.
Be sure that it isn’t windy when you are trying this and an added precaution you can also try these techniques with some hand gloves, protective eyewear, a helmet, and/or with the prop guards on the drone.
Now let’s get started!