How’s this for something amazing? A drone that not only flies well, but can fly itself to get that perfect shot for you.
You can program it to fly specific patterns/paths, or to simply follow you as it automatically adjusts the camera for the best angle. Something like this not only would provide the perfect competition for the other drones currently on the market (i.e., Parrot, DJI, etc), but would also bring something unique and highly useful with it. Currently drones have been taking the market by storm, with each model increasing in user-friendliness. Nothing gets easier than a drone that flies itself though.
Coming in the first half of 2015 (May), the Hexo+ claims to do just that! Working off your smartphone via app (iOS or Android), you are able to control all of these settings before you send it up to do its work. It will be able to track your position based on your smartphone’s location and follow you as your perform your tricks, travel or other endeavors.
No need for that bulky controller. Just tell it what you want, and off it goes. If it delivers exactly what it says it can do, this is something everyone will be asking for next Christmas.
Taking a look at some specs:
- Can fly up to 45mph (faster than the DJIs we have tested).
- Up to 15+ min flight time with camera load per battery (average)
- All your typical software failsafe measures.
- Six propellers for a smooth landing.
- An app that allows you to select “unique filming scenarios”.
- Foldable frame for easy transportation, and lightweight build.
- 3-axis gimbal for stable capture of footage.
- Supports GoPro cameras.
- Support for remote if you need it.
Once the Hexo+ is available to the public, we will try to bring a hands-on review demonstrating some of its capabilities and successes. We will make sure to have the GoPros on standby. Until then, all we can offer is a sneak peak with fingers crossed that it delivers exactly what is says.
For more information, you can visit their website here.
Updated Jan 2015: Refreshed a few points and included an interview with Xavier.