3D Robotics (3DR) has announced a smartwatch integration with its recently released IRIS+ unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platform. In addition, it has now officially acknowledged Sir Richard Branson as the latest investor in the company.
3DR explains that the smartwatch integration makes on-the-go use of the IRIS+ and its 3PV Follow Me technology easier. 3PV keeps the IRIS+ camera centered on you as you move, and wearable technology expands the possibilities of what you can do with the camera while you’re in action, 3DR says.
Because a smartwatch sits on your wrist and isn’t held in your hand as a phone or tablet would be, the company explains, its screen is more accessible and less obtrusive to activity if you want to operate Follow Me modes in action. From the smartwatch screen, you can switch modes mid-flight with the tip of your finger: tell the drone to follow left, follow right, lead you, or circle.
Branson, the billionaire business mogul and founder of the Virgin Group, recently posted a series of drone endorsements to Twitter and his website and said he enlisted the services of 3D Robotics to capture an aerial photospread of his Necker Island in the Virgin Islands.
Chris Anderson, 3DR CEO, and Jordi Muñoz, chief technology officer, have both contributed articles about the future of drones to Branson’s Virgin blog. Additionally, 3DR says it has released a welcome postcard video shot entirely during the team’s visit to Necker Island.
“It’s amazing to see what a little flying object with a GoPro attached can do. Before they came along, the alternative was an expensive helicopter and crew,” stated Branson, in a release from 3DR. “I’m really excited about the potential 3DR sees in drones. They can do a lot of good in the world, and I hope this affordable technology will give many more people the chance to see our beautiful planet from such a powerful perspective.”
The IRIS+, with the free integrated smartwatch application, is available for purchase for $750.
Photo courtesy of 3DR