Vantage Robotics Launches 4k ‘Snap’ Drone with Blade Protection


San Francisco-based Vantage Robotics has released the Snap drone, a versatile flying camera with a safe and portable design.

The Snap, now available for pre-order, includes a 4k, gimbal-stabilized camera and offers 20 minutes of flight time and a top speed of 30 mph. The aircraft, weighing 500 grams (1.1 lbs.), is easily transportable and folds to fit into a backpack.

Snap features patent-pending blade protection and a magnetic, break-apart design so that it can be flown safely around other people.

After cutting his hand on a plastic-bladed quadcopter three years ago, Tobin Fisher, CEO and co-founder of Vantage Robotics, partnered with Joe van Niekerk, co-founder and chief technology officer, who was a winner of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Grand Challenge and a designer of ultra high-end gimbals for military drones.

Together, the company says, they built a team of Stanford-trained engineers and snap-hero-300x127 Vantage Robotics Launches 4k 'Snap' Drone with Blade Protectiondesigners to create Snap.

“People are the most interesting subjects for any video, so we wanted to make a flying camera that was actually safe to use around them,” explains Fisher.

The pre-order price for Snap, which is expected to ship in spring 2016, is $895. Standard retail will be $1,295, the company says.

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Terrific idea