3DR Brings Infrared-Camera Integration to Solo Drone

Posted by Betsy Lillian on July 12, 2016 No Comments

Offering infrared-camera integration for its Solo unmanned aircraft system, Berkeley, Calif.-based 3D Robotics (3DR) has introduced new gimbals that are compatible with FLIR Systems International’s thermal imaging cameras.

Available for pre-order exclusively on OEM Cameras, the three-axis, stabilized gimbals are available with all of FLIR’s Vue Pro infrared cameras and feature tilt control with 3DR’s Solo controller. The total weight of the gimbal and FLIR camera is 389 grams, says OEM Cameras.

First introduced in April of last year, the Solo drone was pegged by 3DR as the “world’s first smart drone.” FLIR first rolled out the FLIR Vue Pro later in 2015; most recently, the company introduced the FLIR Vue Pro R, the latest member of the Vue thermal imaging camera series for commercial drones.

According to a 3DR blog, the integration brings forth opportunities in fields such as construction, solar power, utilities and agriculture.

“This marks an important step for Solo (and consumer drones in general), broadening applications from video and photo capture to the kind of data capture demanded by commercial users,” the blog says.

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