Current state of reducing UAV piloting workload.

Here are a few products that illustrate the current state of reducing the workload of piloting a UAV, at least for drones below a certain pricepoint:

The Hexo+ dispenses with the traditional joystick-based controller; instead, the hexacopter is controlled entirely through an app that abstracts flight control as a set of “cinematic camera movements”. The company claims that customers will “soon” be able to customize and combine these movements. https://hexoplus.com/product/hexo_drone_3d

3DR has introduced a new feature that lets the operator set up any number of keyframes that the drone will follow along, moving the camera as needed. https://3drobotics.com/solo-drone/

Sensefly’s eMotion app lets you photograph an area by specifying: the area, the desired ground resolution, and amount of image overlap. The drone flies the needed flight path without operator intervention. https://www.sensefly.com/drones/emotion.html

Sensefly’s eXom, which is purpose-built for inspection tasks, has 5 ultrasonic sensors and 5 low-res video cameras, and does offer some obstacle avoidance capabilities. https://www.sensefly.com/drones/exom.html

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About jeffmershon

Director of Program Management at SiriusXM.
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