DRONE LIFE

GQ (Australia) - - SOURCE -

So-called drones have, un­til now, had one ma­jor lim­i­ta­tion – an in­abil­ity to in­tel­li­gently nav­i­gate the en­vi­ron­ment. But that’s all changed with the re­lease of the DJI ‘Phan­tom 4’. This smart piece of light­weight kit builds 3-D maps (via five cam­eras and sen­sors) of the world in which it’s op­er­at­ing, us­ing them to avoid var­i­ous ob­sta­cles – trees, cliffs, or an ag­grieved neigh­bour who’s sick of the buzzing and is try­ing to swat your de­vice. What’s more, there’s a new 4K main cam­era while the en­hanced ‘Ac­tive­track’ tech­nol­ogy al­lows the drone to be flown via live video feed (good­bye two-stick con­troller), mean­ing ‘pi­lots’ sim­ply choose a sub­ject to fol­low, keep in frame, and then the soft­ware kicks in and does the rest. Just think of all the ap­pli­ca­tions for that. $2399; dji.com

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