UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) or drones for both consumer and commercial use are growing at a dramatic rate as sales grew by 60% in 2016 reaching 2.2 million units according to Gartner which focused only on drones that could connect to the internet leaving out models classified as “toys” which typically weigh under 250 grams. Gartner also noted that the future growth remains strong as sales are projected to continue to increase annually by 39 percent and will surpass $11 billion by 2020.
The popularity of drones is not just limited to individual users wanting a cool remote control plane that can take photos as well as videos but the real opportunity for computer VARs is in commercial applications where the data collected by the drones whether it be images, videos or other information can be analyzed through computer hardware and software to help businesses within a wide range of industries become more efficient.
In fact, the opportunity for computer VARs to introduce drones as part of an overall solution resides in many markets where they already have vast experience such as real estate, disaster response, police, fire, insurance, engineering, inspections, utilities, oil, gas, construction and more. But perhaps the most promising opportunity is in agriculture where drones are used to survey crops, check water levels, review irrigated land mapping, and even fertilize. The information delivered by the drone can be analyzed to determine the areas that need the most attention or focus giving the farmer vital information related to the production of his crops.
Like most categories, the drone market is not limited on the number of manufacturers offering solutions but DJI offers one of the most robust product line ups, maintains an R&D staff of over 1,500 employees and depending on the drone category has 36% to 67% market share in the US. DJI drones have been used in search and rescue during floods and hurricanes as well as used for inspection of cell towers, filming the Walking Dead, helping farmers fertilize, and much more.
Hover Camera is a brand of easy-to-use self-flying cameras designed to capture people from unique perspectives. Its award-winning carbon fiber design lends itself to aesthetic appeal and a truly safe experience, allowing you to release and grab it while flying. It also packs loads of smart technology in a device just 0.53 oz light, making it the perfect drone for photo and gadget enthusiasts alike.
- DJI Drones
- Hover Camera Passport Drone
Spark is a mini drone that features all of DJI’s signature technologies including intelligent flight control, mechanical gimbal, and built in camera. The spark includes a powerful propulsion system to maintain steady flight in winds up to 31mph and can fly for up to 16 minutes on one charge.
The Mavic Pro is a small yet powerful long range drone capable of reaching distances of 4.3 miles and flying for up to 27 minutes. The Mavic Pro includes a 4k camera capable of 30fps video and has 5 vision sensors. Flying at long distances has its challenges so the Mavic Pro has FlightAutonomy technology which senses obstacles up to 49 feet away and allows the drone to bypass, brake or hover to reduce accidents.
Phantom 4 Pro
The Phantom 4 Pro is equipped with a 1 inch 20 MP sensor capable of shooting 4K/60fps video and Burst Mode stills at 14fps. The camera design uses a mechanical shutter eliminating rolling shutter distortion that can occur when taking fast images at high speed. The 1 inch 20MP sensor is four times larger than the standard sensor so the larger pixels have a maximum ISO of 12800 as well as increased contrast. The Phantom 4 Pro includes 5 directional obstacle sensing, supports long range flight and has a flight time of approximately 30 minutes.
The Matrice 200 is an enterprise class drone built to IP43 level durability so it is capable of flying in sub-zero temperature, and has an enclosed case to ensure water as well as weather resistance so it can fly in a variety of conditions. This product is ideal for search and rescue, power line, wind turbine and bridge inspection.
Matrice 600 Pro
The Matrice 600 Pro is ideal for professional aerial photography. With a maximum payload of 6kgs it can support a range of camera options including the Ronin-MX Gimbal, DJI Focus, Red Epic, and Micro Four Thirds. The Matrice 600 Pro also supports 6 independent batteries and can reach speeds of up to 40mph. The optional charging station can charge all 6 batteries in less the two hours.
The DJI Agras MG-1 is an octocopter designed for precision variable rate application of liquid pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides, bringing new levels of efficiency and manageability to the agricultural sector. The powerful propulsion system enables the MG-1 to carry up to 10kg of liquid payloads. The combination of speed and power means that an area of 4,000-6,000 m² can be covered in just 10 minutes, or 40 to 60 times faster than manual spraying operations. The intelligent spraying system automatically adjusts its spray according to the flying speed so that an even spray is always applied. Equipment used in plant protection operations is susceptible to dust and corrosion, leading to high cost of maintenance and shortened lifespans. To counteract degradation, the MG-1 is designed with a sealed body and an efficient, integrated centrifugal cooling system. As it flies, the surrounding air enters the aircraft body via the front inlet, equipped with a triple filter system that keeps dust and particulate matter from entering. The air then passes through each of the aircraft’s arms to the motors, capturing heat from all components and the entire structure before exiting and dissipating the heat to the surrounding air. The combination of cooling and filtering increases the expected lifespan of each motor by up to three times.
Hover Camera Passport Drone
The Hover Camera Passport is designed and manufactured by Zero Zero Robotics. It is engineered to be a safe, portable, and an easy to fly camera that can take 13MP images and 4K video from unique perspectives. What makes this drone unique is the technology that is packed into a device that weighs 0.53 oz and is about the size of an iPhone 6S Plus when folded.
Safe to Use
The Hover Camera Passport’s propellers are enclosed in a unique carbon fiber cage that protects the user from the high RPM spinning blades and also protects the drone during flight or storage. The casing allows for easy take-off and landing as you can easily grab it while in flight.
The Hover Camera Passport’s wings that support the propellers can be folded down like a book making it easy to carry in your hand, in a backpack, or in a purse. This means the Hover Camera Passport can be taken almost anywhere and be easily launched to capture those unique moments in your life.
Easy to Use
The Hover Camera Passport doesn’t require any flying experience and can be flown right out of the box. Simply unfold the wings, tap the power button and release the drone. It will hover in place waiting for your next instructions. The Hover Camera Passport can be controlled using a Smartphone with the Passport app or with its unique AI you can program it follow you and take photos with a simple hand gesture.
Owner Mode – Auto Follow
Using Hover Camera Passport’s Owner Mode which is a face detection technology, the drone can track your face or body and accompany you on your journey for a truly smartphone free flying experience. It can also be set to Orbit so it will circle around you capturing a 360 degree panoramic video featuring you in your environment.
The Hover Camera Passport comes in two packaging options. First is the Essential version which includes the Hover Camera Passport drone, one battery, an AC Adapter, Charger, an extra battery, carrying bag, and documents. The Hover Camera Passport Deluxe includes everything in the Essential package plus a USB cable, four extra propellers, repair screw drivers, extra screws, a case strap, and a protective storage case.