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The Pros and Cons of Aerial Drones 0

The Pros and Cons of Aerial Drones

Unmanned aerial systems (UASs) – also referred to as drones – have been around for a while. The recent explosion in adoption and the inherent potential of UASs show that drones are here to stay. According to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the industry will be worth US$100 billion in the next decade. No doubt, there is still a lot of resistance, but flying machines are already integrated into daily use. We will take a look at both the pros and cons of drones below. 

The Pros

Potential for development: Unmanned systems have the capability to transform many sectors of the economy with commercial deployment. Weather forecasting, maritime monitoring, search and rescue operations, oil and gas exploration, agriculture, telecommunication, and other human endeavors stand to gain a lot with the incorporation of UAS. France, Australia, and Germany are a few countries that have given permits for commercial drones as they see the possible benefits. 

Efficiency and cost management: Compared to manned operations, unmanned vehicles save more money, and are energy-efficient. Imagine paying workers to spray crops on a large field or using trucks and planes that burn fossil fuels to deliver packages. Some aerial vehicles are already doing this excellently, but there is room for more exploits. In carrying out these services, the drone industry will require manufacturers of parts, maintenance engineers, software developers, and so on, adding jobs that might be cut off. If the argument is that they add less than they take, then why did we allow technology develop this much?

Safety of human lives: This is one of the biggest bases on which the development of unmanned systems has ridden on. With advancements in technology, we could make a call and avert problems elsewhere, but with drones the person(s) would only be there only if need be. Flying machines hold many prospects in unmanned cargo handling, scientific research in hard-to-reach areas, coordinated security operations, inspections in difficult or dangerous scenarios, surveillance, and may other areas. Use of drone technology could open up more threats to human safety, but regulations and good management will alleviate the risks. 

The Cons

Possible abuse: This is most likely the biggest threat to drone technology. Drones are known to be used by the military for law enforcement operations, so many people are wary that the technology is vulnerable. Debates regarding gun control, wars, and foreign policies abound, so many fear the repercussions of abuse of the privileges. Drones have cameras, and with them being more accessible, owners could abuse it in violating the privacy of others. 

Legal concerns: The legal framework surrounding the drone industry is still developing. There are still a lot of cases regarding the use of unmanned systems by law enforcement agencies for surveillance of civilians. Telephone surveillance laws took a lot of time, and with data still being refined, legal concerns have slowed the developments of UAS.  

Public Perception: A flying machine crashed on the White House lawn, and some were seen flying over Paris, fueling public rage as they were untraceable. The public is yet to be fully convinced as they see unmanned systems as robots that would cause more harm than good. 

 

After looking at both sides of the divide, the advantages clearly override the disadvantages. However, the concerns raised would have to be addressed for drone technology to get widespread acceptance. 

 

  

  • Alex R

The Best Toy Drones 0

The Best Toy Drones

When drone enthusiasts attach “toy” to any flying robot, it does not mean toys for kids and toddlers; rather, they are referring to a super fun and efficient aerial UAVs but less expensive. Toy drones are excellent entry points for newbies into the drone world. They are more affordable, and crashing does not inflict pain like a $1000 flying gadget. They do not offer superfluous and advanced features but are fun to fly for both adults and children hobbyist. To select the best toy drones for yourself, we will be suggesting few drones which are sold below $150.

  1. AIR HOGS STAR WARS ULTIMATE MILLENNIUM FALCON: Air hog is indeed air friendly. It amplifies the “fun” in flying a drone. It is an indoor flying robot that is entertaining to fly around. Built with Styrofoam which will not damage household furniture, this flying machine can be purchased in many online stores for $120. 
  2. HUBSAN X4 H107C: This is a stunt drone that can be flipped to any side while flying. It can be flown by both experienced and beginner flyers. It can be purchased for less than $50, and it is one of the best drones for kids
  3. SKY VIPER HD V950 VIDEO-DRONE: It delivers hobby and beginner level performance coupled with a body that doesn’t break easily from crashing. Installed with a video game-like controller that makes it easy to pilot, this drone is ideal for kids. Despite being one of the best camera drones, this drone can be gotten for just $90. 
  4. TRAXXAS 6608 LATRAX ALIAS QUAD-ROTOR RTF HELI: This is a product of one of the best toy drone maker. It is very easy to fly with four rotors for power. It charges fast and can speed close to 10-minute in the air. You can use AAA batteries and is sold for under $100
  5. UTO DRONE U960 (MJX X600) HEXACOPTER: This is ideal for beginners who are learning to fly in FPV. The mounted camera can stream live video to the app on your mobile device. It can also record 8-minute of flight time and the battery can be fully charged in 2-hours. You can get this flying toy for $90. 
  6. UDI U818A UPGRADED VERSION 2.4GHZ QUADCOPTER WITH CAMERA: It debuts as one of the toy drones with the best camera. It can record photo shoots at 640p. With a flight time ranging between 7 to 9-Minute, this drone can be charged fully within 2hours. At $100, it is a good deal for an entry-level drone. 
  7. HELI-MAX 1SQ RTF QUADCOPTER WITH 2.4GHZ RADIO: It uses four independently controlled rotors to fly, and the Triple Axis Gyro Stabilization makes it ideal for both outdoor and indoor purposes. Despite being without an in-built camera, this flying machine flies incredibly well for its standard. Amazon sells it for around $94.
  8. SYMA X5C: With a sporty glossy white finish, this drone is one of Amazon’s best-selling RC drones. The 100-minute fully charged drone would run of power in 7-minute of flight time. It is controllable up to 50m and equipped with an HD camera that records 720p video. With room for Micro SD card, this flying toy is affordable at $70. 

If you want to buy a toy drone for your tech-savvy kids, you need to consider any of the toy drones mentioned above so that they will always be proud of you. 

  • Alex R

I WANT TO BUY A DRONE 0

I WANT TO BUY A DRONE

 

Buying a drone as a professional photographer, businessperson, or hobbyist is one of the most interesting ideas around at the moment. Drones, formally known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, have many important uses, including but not limited to Hurricane Hunting, Aerial Video Photography, 3-D landscape mapping, Journalism, Farming, and Search and Rescue. In recent times, there has been astronomical growth in the commercial drones industry, according to a forecast by Consumer Electronics Show (CES), that is expected to witness more than 2.8 million sales in the U.S. So, your decision to join millions of people in flying this technological masterpiece is understandably an interesting prospect.

 

Considering its numerous importance, buying a drone is very easy, but the difficulty lies in deciding which drone to buy of the numerous drones available for sale in the market. Buying a good drone for a cheap price is the vantage point for many prospective buyers, but there is more to it that meets the eyes. Actually, a stable drone in terms of video quality and stabilization, no matter how low your budget is, will cost you nothing less than $500. Some of the essential factors that you should consider before buying a drone are as follows:

  • The size of the drone (5-10m for moderate usage) 
  • It’s weight (an average of 3lb) 
  • The number of its rotors 
  • Whether the camera is integrated with Gimbal or not (A Gimbal is a pivoted support that stabilizes the camera while allowing it to rotate in several directions),
  • Its video resolution (720p, 180p, 4k, 2.7k) 
  • The megapixels embedded in the camera (12mp is advisable for capturing raw and still jpg)
  • The operating range of its live video feed (strictly 720p)
  • Its accessible media format (microSD, microSDHC, and microSDXC)
  • Its automated flight features such as follow, waypoint, orbit, return-to-Home, etc.
  • Its battery life 

 

 DJI products are easily the best bet when it comes to getting reliable drones. They are rather inexpensive given the technology embedded in their products, and they are the pioneers in the nascent market for commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). Some of the company's top products to consider are the Inspire 1 with a starting price of $2,900, the DJI Phantom 4 at $1,399, the Phantom 3 professional at $1,000, the DJI Phantom 3 advance at $899, and the DJI Phantom 3 Standard at $500. These drones and many more drones can be bought online at dji.com and dronesetc.com.

  

  After deciding which drone to buy, it is equally advisable to check the guidelines of the regulatory body in charge of flying small unmanned aerial vehicles in your locality. For example, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) formulates rules for flying drones within the U.S. Violating these rules attract heavy fines between $400 and $5,500, depending on the gravity of violations, and one outliner at $1.1 million for commercial drones. The guidelines are made to regulate the activities of hobbyists who fly drones carelessly and recklessly. So, remember to check the rules guiding the flying of unmanned aerial vehicles in your country before embarking on your flying adventure in order to enjoy your drone to the fullest.

  • Alex R

Drones and Social Media 0

Drones and Social Media

When you hear of drones, you think of the military, warfare and surveillance. When you hear of drones and social media, you begin to wonder “what has drones got to do with the social media? Yes, they’ve got things in common. In fact, quadcopters and the social media are great pals. UAVs allow you take aerial view photographs and shoot films. These films and photographs are shared on social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook. Just close your eyes and imagine people filming themselves while performing skating stunts and then uploading it on their social media page for the world to see. Now open your eyes and read this article because what you’ve just imagined its now possible.

  • Get live news: The first thing people use in events is their phones. They want to take pictures, record videos and share them on their social media page. But unfortunately, phones can’t capture all the views that they would like to see. Today, drones can capture photographs as they fly and send them directly to your smartphone. You can watch live outdoor concerts, campaigns, outdoor weddings through your phone. Users now have access to live stream and can watch events as they unfold. 
  • Marketing tools: Organizations have continued to use social platforms to advertise their products and services in recent times. People know that through social media, they can get trending celebrity gossips, political events, fashion shows and the like. Quadcopters can capture aerial photographs and videos with drones, while platforms such as Facebook and Snapchat can broadcasts the news with these flying machines. Product adverts or commercials can be filmed with drones and advertised their products on social media.  

Marketing initiatives have taken a whole new turn as people and organizations are delving into drone application because of its many features. Today, event planners use social networks to share events covered by drones. These robots just make photography and video filming enjoyable. 

  • Makes tourism appealing: Before going on vacation, you want to browse the internet for pictures and videos of your vacation interest. Most of these pictures you find are aerial view photographs. You can’t wake up one morning and decide to travel to Japan for vacation simply because you need to view pictures or videos of Japan, its hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions. According to Airnest, Twitter applied for a patent right to allow them to connect drones to their social platform. We think it’s a welcome improvement because it allows you broadcast news from an external view. Travel and tourism industry showed how quadcopters had improved their marketing initiatives and therefore increased sales.
  • Grow small business: Social platforms are common places where you share everything. Businesses are beginning to get the social network vibe. Real estate firms, for example, use drones to take pictures of properties for sale and then post them on their LinkedIn page or Snapchat.

The role that UAV play in the social media is huge and multifarious. Drones provide the pictures and videos, while the social media shows them to the world. We believe that this partnership will create room for more amazing possibilities for our curious minds.

   

  • Alex R

DJI Vs. Blade 0

DJI Vs. Blade

Do you wonder what great features the two drones – DJI Phantom 4 and Blade Chrome – come with? Are you probably among those who are planning to buy one of these two flying robots but not so sure of which drone to go for? Or do you belong to the category of people who really want to know what both drones share in common as well as what set them apart? If this is what you want, we are here for you. In this article, we’ve helped you find out the common attributes and the differences between the two drones.

Structure 

The DJI Phantom 4 drone is designed with a magnesium material, a carbon fiber rotor, and LED lights that are not foldable. It comes with a separate controller and a mobile device for which you need to download an application before you can use it. DJI Phantom 4 is available in white and is 1,300 grams in weight. In contrast, Blade Chrome is designed with a plastic body with an average size of 15.7 inches and 400 wingspans. Just like the DJI, Blade Chrome weighs 1,300 grams and comes in white. 

 

Camera

 

The DJI Phantom 4 has a high-quality camera resolution of 12 megapixels against the Blade Chrome's amazing 16 megapixels. Both have 4k video Max resolution, 3-axis mobilization and a microSD card. The live view quality of DJI is 120p and the live view speed is 60fps, whereas Blade Chrome has a live view speed of 40fps. While the image size for DJI is 4000x3000, that of Blade is 1920x1080. 

 

Flying flexibility 

 

In terms of flight capacity, Blade beats DJI. With its 30-minute flight time and speed of 40mph, Blade Chrome is more reliable and smarter. Though DJI has a flight time of 28 minutes, it has a higher speed of 45mph. In addition, the payload capacity for Blade is lower than that of Blade, which has 462 grams as payload. While DJI has a temperature range of between 0°C and 40°C and is equipped with a vision positioning system that enables it to position itself when used indoors without GPS signal, Blade has neither. Also, with its camera and two distance sensors, DJI Phantom 4 can scan the ground below, an amazing feature that makes the position hold possible. Unfortunately, this feature is missing in Blade Chrome. However, what are present in both drones are such great features as GPS compatibility, automatic landing, return home function, follow me function and flight planning. However, the altitude and position holds and collision avoidance are features known only to the DJI drones. 

 

Control

 

Being a remote-controlled drone, Blade Chrome can be flown up to 400 meters away from you. And if it is 300 meters far away, you're still in control. It is incorporated with a controller frequency of 2.4 GHz. Unlike Blade drones, DJI flying machines can be controlled using a mobile device holder connected to a smartphone or tablet. It also comes with a transmitter power of 23dBm, 7.4 controller voltage and receiver sensitivity of 23 dBm. 

 

Battery

 

The DJI drone has a battery capacity of 5,340 mAh, battery power of 15.2v, and Lithium Polymer 4s as the battery type. Blade drone, on the other hand, comes with a battery capacity of 5,400 mAh with 11v power. Its battery type is Lithium Polymer 3s. 

 

With just five years into the industry, DJI now controls 70% of the drone market with billions of dollars in profit. Their Phantom series, one of which is the Phantom 4, have become widely accepted by many drone lovers. In terms of quality, Blade Chrome cannot be overlooked, too. As seen in the features above, Blade Chrome is an exceptional model. In any case, only the consumers can decide which brand of drones is better between these two drone companies. 

  • Alex R