DRONE VOLT, an embedded artificial intelligence expert and manufacturer of professional civil drones, has announced the release of a new version of its HELIPLANE v.2 drone. It’s the introduction of its new latest generation VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) drone destined for the surveillance, inspection and photogrammetry sectors. As a professional UAV, the HELIPLANE v.2 drone combines the advantages of multirotor UAV with those of fixed-wing UAV. The transition between the two modes of flight allows to overcome runways for takeoff and landing.Continue Reading →
Today, SkyPixel and DJI announced their Aerial Photo and Video contest that is open for any aerial content shot by drones. This is perfect time to bust out your drone and take some great shots during the holiday/winter season. The contest started today and will run till February 18th, 2019. Continue Reading →
Back-to-School is fast approaching and parents or college students are already preparing for the school year. The first day of school is always one of the most important days of Back-To- School. I recall everyone on the first day of school looking dapper with their new clothes and showing off their new technology for the year.
Below is a list of unique products to check out for Back-To-School to make sure you are stunn’ on the first day of school! Continue Reading →
DJI, the current world leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, just announced they will be delivering its new Spark mini drone to the first wave of purchasers. Shipments of the Spark will now be arriving in stores and homes around the world. Spark is a full-featured mini drone that fits in almost any bag, ready to launch within seconds to shoot 12-megapixel photos and 1080p videos stabilized with a two-axis mechanical gimbal. Continue Reading →
Throughout history man has dreamed of flying. Today, Bionic Bird offers the opportunity to experience that extraordinary sensorial adventure: to fly like a bird. Bionic Bird takes on the heavens with a range of 100 meters. Even apartment interiors don’t scare it! The Flying App is ultra-sensitive and intuitive: a wave of the hand, the bird obeys. In the sky, Bionic Bird is the only flying object in the world that does not frighten birds away.
Bionic Bird is packed with micro-technologies weighing less than 10 grams. Bionic Bird mimics both the soaring of an eagle and the rapid flapping flight of a swallow. Even real birds think it’s one of them! Outside, Bionic Bird can fly with a range of up to 100 meters with speeds up to 20km/h. The Bionic Bird can fly indoors if the tail is set to slow mode. Continue Reading →
I feel like 2016 was the year of drones, well at least for me anyhow. They were all over the place during SXSW and ACL festivals in Austin; you could look up and see at least 20 drones. Not to mention I too own a medium sized drone.
Mota sent me their JETJAT ULTRA drone which is the world’s easiest drone to fly. It’s specifically designed for all ages starting at 8 years old for ease of use young or mature. When I got the JETJAT I immediately had to unbox it; who doesn’t like a little drone fun during the work day? I decided I wanted to record the unboxing so everyone could see for themselves how small the JETJAT drone really is.
When you unbox it you will notice that the drone is docked on the remote it comes with which makes it very portable to go anywhere. The JETJAT ULTRA mini drone fits in the palm of your hand with a weight of 7.2 ounces and the dimension of 3.5 x 3.1 x 1.7 inches. It has a 640 x 480 HQ Camera that can record high quality videos and take photos while in the air.
The JETJAT ULTRA drone comes with 4 propellers, Accelerometer and 6-axis Gyroscope, 4 Channel Controller with 3 Speed Modes, and remote with adjustable grips and dock for your smartphone and the JETJAT ULTRA drone. The JETJAT ULTRA has a 5 minute air time and can go up to 100 feet. The JETJAT also live streams to your phone, can do aerial flips, and has a powerful thrust coupled with some never before seen new features. The JETJAT ULTRA also has been integrated with Mota’s latest product, the TAMO C-Future Virtual Reality Headset. In the app simply turn on VR mode and your phone is ready to be placed into the VR headset for virtual flight.
After unboxing you will need to add AAA batteries and to charge the drone with the USB cable that comes with the drone. During that time I suggest downloading the JETJAT ULTRA app so you are ready for lift off after its done charging. When the JETJAT ULTRA is finished charging you will need to turn it on and set up the Wi-Fi for it. To set up your Wi-Fi for the drone go to your WiFi settings and there should be an option to connect directly to the drone, note that it must be turned on for your to connect your WiFi to it. Now you’re set for lift off!
To lift off go to the JETJAT ULTRA app and click play once you get to the app. You will be taken to a screen with your menu options up top that include photo, video, playback, speed, gravity, 360 flip, balance, reverse and controls tabs. Below the menu is your flying remote control with VR and the takeoff and landing buttons. This will be used as the remote control for your drone.
Once you’re ready press the takeoff button and your drone will immediately lift up then hover till you start using the controls to fly it. You can also press the takeoff button and throw the drone in the air, it will hover in the air till you start using the controls to navigate it.
When I tested out the JETJAT ULTRA drone it was very easy to lift off and I started recording it as soon as it was in the air. Unfortunately I am a horrible driver to a point where people don’t want me driving them anywhere. I’m also not so great at all the driving video games so I was interested to see how my driving skills were with a drone. As you can see from the videos below I had a few crash landings and finally landed it. It was very easy to fly somewhat except my navigation skill are also not so great so there were a few “”running into the wall” instances. Excuse the mess, I’m decorating for the holidays.
I tried the throwing it in the air takeoff and the first 10 times I threw the JETJAT ULTRA it would drop straight to the ground. I also tried the 360 aerial flip which was easier to do vs. throwing it in the air lift off!
All in all it has been fun testing out this tiny little drone. I think it’s perfect for those who like to fly them indoors and for kids due to its ease of use. It starts around $107.00 on Amazon not including shipping. If you would like to purchase the JETJAT ULTRA on Amazon click here and it you want more information about Mota’s JETJAT ULTRA drone click here.
For your entertainment and giggles here is JETJAT ULTRA Save-A-Drone Flight Safety poster and my unboxing blooper. Happy Tuesday Hi-Tech Chic fans!
Mota’s Safety Poster
Without further ado…
Out of all the Drones I have reviewed or written about in the past couple years this concept and Kickstarter campaign is one of my favorites. Why? Admittedly there is a lot of selflie action in my life. I also have a big family and the AirSelfie would solve a lot family selfies problems plus no one would be left out of the photo.
What is the AirSelfie?
AirSelfie is the worlds smallest portable drone with a camera that is integrated into your mobile phone cover. It’s hard to believe, right? I had to watch the full video on Kickstarter to see how something this small can be integrated into your smartphone. The AirSelfie’s 5-megapixel video camera and four propellers are enclosed in an Italian-designed lightweight (52g) aluminum case that measures 3.72 x 2.65 x 0.42 inches. Continue Reading →