Tech Upload: DJI Brings Phantom Drone to IoT Evolution Expo

By Ken Briodagh August 17, 2015

IoT Evolution Expo is chock-full of leading edge technology, across dozens of IoT verticals, and in this column, I’ll be bringing you some of my favorites this week.

DJI technology builds some of the best drones in the market for hobbyists, photographers, cinematographers and many other applications, including its Phantom line. It keeps much of its development tech in-house so as to ensure excellent quality, and keep costs reasonable. It does this through constant R&D and a focus on transforming complex technology into easy-to-use devices. Today, DJI products are improving and enhancing the work of professionals in filmmaking, agriculture, conservation, search and rescue and energy infrastructure.

One great new feature they’ve deployed on their newest models is a special kind of sensor that spots and locks to a spot on the ground below the drone while its flying and, if the GPS sensors cannot find a signal, or have some sort of a problem, this sensor allows the drone to lock onto a location and hover there, safely, rather than getting lost.

Image via Shutterstock

While Amazon takes advantage of its special permission to test its delivery drone program, Google works in secret with NASA to test drones on private land and some jabrony drops a drug-loaded “care package” into a federal prison, people want to know what’s up with drones and being so creepy.

DJI drones come loaded with a system designed to thwart the last scenario anyway. The company keeps its firmware loaded with an ever-updating “no fly zone” list that the drone will refuse to enter. Elegant in its simplicity, right?

Keep watching this space for more cool tech, and news form IoT Evolution Expo. And keep an eye on up-to-the-minute happenings on Twitter at #IoTEvolution, @IoTEvolution and @Ken Briodagh

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Editorial Director

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