To kick off the 2018 Winter Olympics, Intel launched 1218 drones, which formed the image of an athlete, then the olympic rings, as athletes mirrored the image below. The drone layer was pre-recorded for the live broadcast due to logistical issues, but it was still breathtaking.
Rctestflight shows off some eyepopping desert aerial photography, the most impressive of which are the nighttime shots starting at 1:09. They used multiple drones – one to capture the imagery and another to provide illumination using a powerful 1kW LED light source.
On paper, the PITTA drone is a brilliantly simple idea that should have been executed sooner. It’s a camera drone with the usual automatic flying modes, but it can also be mounted and used as an action cam or a security camera. Sadly, it only has digital image stabilization.
Directors Greg&Lio shot this video for French musician OrelSan, which features a seemingly endless cast of characters for the rapper to march through. The smooth tracking shot was captured using an expertly piloted drone. The subtitled version has a little bonus at the end.
An underwater drone that can record videos at 4K/25fps, stream at 1080p and shoot at up to 5fps. Its 12MP camera is mounted on a 2-axis gimbal for smooth shots. It works up to 98ft away, and lasts up to 2h per charge. It also has an optional fish-finding module.
This variant of Prodrone’s PD6B-AW payload drone is equipped with a pair of 5-axis robot arms. The arms can carry up to 22lb., and are nimble enough to cut, join, flick or turn various objects. The drone itself flies up to 37mph for up to 30min. per charge.
BioCarbon Engineering is developing a semi-automated large scale reforestation system. It uses aerial drones to map and analyze land, plant seeds in a biodegradable pod, and monitor the plants’ growth. The planting drones can dispense up to 100,000 seeds per day.
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You can buy drones just about anywhere that sells gadgets these days, but once you learn to fly one, it doesn’t mean you can shoot good images. This online course will teach you everything you need to capture amazing videos and still photos with your quadcopter.