I have to be honest, I'm a guy who loves the idea of drone technology but, like many, I have been reluctant to buy a drone because I've watched one after another of my friends crash their drones into trees, buildings, rocks and just about anything else that happened to be around. Crashing a drone has never bothered me when I was testing my flying skills on those cheap toy drones that you can pick up for $25 to $50. But crashing a pro-level drone that costs $1,000 or more? -- well, let's just say that I have not wanted to test my skill level with a price tag like that. So I've continued to see my friends fly their drones and sometimes lament their skills when they are not enough to avoid the trees, buildings, rocks -- and even people -- that sometimes get in the way. Throw in the drones I've watched flown into lakes and seas and my sense of economy winces at the thought of throwing away money like that.
Enter the Yuneec Typhoon H: Drones Smart Enough To Avoid Obstacles
CES 2017 showed off many incredible devices and technologies. One of the ones that I found very compelling was the Yuneec Typhoon H, a drone that uses the latest Intel Smart technology to internally map and track its 3D surroundings and avoid obstacles. How cool is that? I doubt that it is going to save you from a powerful gust of wind that throws your drone into an obstacle that is simply too close to avoid, but short of that I think my reasons for delaying my own entry into the world of drone cinematography are disappearing.
Intel's RealSense™ Technology is quite remarkable and is sure to silence some of us who have chosen to wait in our timidity, as we watch our friends wonder how to pull their drone down from a tall tree or rock ledge that only birds should visit.
Check out this video from Yuneec and Intel and see what you think...
Typhoon H PRO with Intel RealSense Technology from YUNEEC on Vimeo.
CES 2017 was quite an event this year and the Yuneec Typhoon H is one of the tools that I took notice of that have elevated drones to a level that the excuses for not using one, are quickly disappearing.
What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear them.