Flir created a minor sensation few years ago with the Flir One thermal imaging attachment for smartphones costing only a few hundred bucks. Building on this, Flir have launched the Duo, a dual sensor compact camera designed to be carried by drones. John gives Todd a quick demo of the new Duo and see if you can spot the GNC cameraman.
The Flir Duo combines both visible light and thermal sensors into a single camera which can be carried by any drone that attaches GoPro cameras. The visible resolution is full HD at 1920 x 1080, whereas the thermal camera is only 160 x 120. This might seem poor but the resolution of thermal imaging tends to be much lower. Flir has a nice trick called MSX blending where the visible and thermal images are combined to give more detailed pictures. There’s a demo here.
There a two versions, the Duo and Duo R, with the latter providing calibrated radiometric temperature measurements, i.e. it can tell accurately how hot an object is. The Duo is priced at US$999 and the Duo R is $1,299. Available now.
Flir have partnered with drone makers Autel Robotics and paired their Duo with the X-Star Premium drone for an all-in-one package including customised flight software. Oddly the package appears to be available only to US military and no word on price.
Todd Cochrane is the host of the twice-weekly Geek News Central Podcast at GeekNewsCentral.com.
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Extreme Flyers is the creator of Micro Drone 3.0. They are at CES 2017 showcasing four new features of Micro Drone 3.0, which is at the forefront of drone technology.
Micro Drone 3.0 made crowdfunding history in 2015, becoming the highest funded Drone campaign of all time on Indiegogo. Micro Drone 3.0 is an advanced, sophisticated and personal Drone, with a HD camera that allows you to stream live video directly to your smartphone. With its completely modular design, Magnetic Wi-Fi Camera and cartridge battery system – Micro Drone 3.0 is totally unique.
Micro Drone 3.0 has four new features:
Wide Angle Camera Lens
The new module incorporates a wide-angle lens and auto light balancing; allowing pilots to capture the best footage and adjusts to their environment. This snaps on much like the original camera module.
After two years miniaturizing the technology, Extreme Flyers will be showcasing Micro Gimbal at CES. It is the world’s smallest gimbal, combining an integrated camera, gimbal, compression engine, and Wi-Fi Module (that synchronizes sensor data with video footage frame by frame) to create smooth aerial shots.
WiFi HD Downlink
Extreme Fliers new WiFi HD Downlink feature allows pilots to wirelessly transfer raw HD footage to their smartphones. This app update does away with the need for any wired connections, as SD card footage can now be downloaded directly to your phone over the air.
Carbon Fibre Racing Kit
Building on Micro Drone’s modular design, Extreme Flyers have developed a new Carbon Racing kit to allow all Micro Drone 3.0 users to place their existing Flight Board and motors into a limited edition carbon fibre frame. Alongside a new Analogue camera, users will now be able to take part in professional FPV Racing.
Extreme Flyers are at CES 2017 in the LVCC South at Booth #21764.
You’ve probably taken plenty of selfies. Now, there is a piece of technology that will bring selfies to a new level. Keyshare Technology has announced the launch of their Kimon “selfie” drone in the U.S. Market. Kimon aims to be the first successful mass market selfie drone.
Selfie drones have been hovering on the horizon for some time now. The Kimon, which was successfully introduced in China in July 2016, is the first to deliver on the promise of these devices. Selfie drones eliminate the standard selfie limitations – small photo area due to the length of your arm or selfie stick – while delivering quality photos at an affordable price.
The Kimon is easy to use, portable, has a replaceable battery and is capable of taking quality photos with a high-definition camera. All its features are tailored to provide a great selfie taking experience including:
- 16 million pixels camera that supports 4k/25fps video recording
- Simple, smartphone-controlled operation with one-touch start-up, take-off, hovering, landing, and return
- G-sensor-controlled by moving your mobile phone
- Multiple shooting modes that include photography, video recording, burst mode, slow motion, time-lapse photography
- Five selfie-taking modes: 360-degree panorama, 45-degree shot, follow shot, panoramic selfie and standard selfie
- A positioning module that enables easy selfie-taking under 3-meter high – a key feature for indoor environment without GPS signals
The Kimon, with a MSRP of $399, is practical, affordable, and functional. The Kimon comes in 5 colors – yellow, white, blue, green and pink – and can operate for up to 15 minutes on one charge, the best battery performances among devices under $500.
The Kimon will be featured in Booth 1621 in the Westgate Hall at CES 2017.
A friend pointed me in the direction of this video and Robert McIntosh, who clearly has some skillz when it comes to both flying drones and producing compelling footage. There’s a trick to this sequence which you’ll spot fairly easily but it’s still very impressive fun.