Berkeley, Calif.-based drone company 3D Robotics has officially launched what it says is the industry's first consumer unmanned aerial system with ‘follow me’ technology.
Called the IRIS+, the system has hardware and software upgrades to the company's previous IRIS model, including new features such as self-tightening, screw-on propellers; LED orientation lights; an improved power system; and lighter-weight arms and legs to provide longer flight times. The IRIS+ remote controller has also been upgraded to provide the user with real-time telemetry data in the display.
The IRIS+ implements the company’s 3PV (3rd Person View) follow-me technology in a user-friendly aerial photography package. The aircraft, which has a flight time of 15 to 20 minutes, can be used for applications such as safety, photography, videography and agricultural mapping.
The UAS will follow and stay centered on the user. It includes automated mission planning, compatible with Mac, Windows, Android and Linux. With free DroidPlanner 2 software, users can plan flights by drawing a flight path on any Android tablet or phone, which allows for hands-free flight control.
The IRIS+ can be purchased for a price of $750.
To coincide with the launch of the UAS, 3D Robotics recently opened a marketing office in Texas as part of an effort to pivot from the business-to-business and hobbyist sectors to more “out-of-the-box ready” products for the everyday consumer.
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