Tag: DJI

DJI Improves Drone Geofencing

Facing tighter FAA regulation on recreational drone use, the world’s leading manufacturer of the vehicles, China’s DJI, today announced improved geofencing technology to refine airspace limitations for drone flights near airports.

DJI’s updated Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) Version 2.0 will be phased in starting next month when the revised zones will take effect for airspace around airports in the U.S. Upgrades in other parts of the world will follow, the company said.

DJI has selected PrecisionHawk to provide the data for the system, replacing the company’s previous geospatial data provider. DJI collaborated with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the American Association of Airport Executives in developing GEO 2.0.

According to DJI, the new system creates three-dimensional “bow tie” safety zones surrounding runway flight paths and uses “complex polygon shapes around other sensitive facilities, rather than just simple circles.” The new restrictions better reflect the actual safety risk, while enabling more flights to the side of runways where the company says the risk is lower.

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From Startup to Empire: The Evolution of DJI Drones

The following is a guest post by Ali Crane of Dr. Drone, Canada’s first DJI Store.

Similar to the evolution of the Smartphone, personal computer, and internet, drones have quickly grown from a DIY hobby to a mainstream technology used all over the world. Fast-paced innovation has made today’s drones smaller, safer, and more affordable than ever, while flight features and camera quality have continued to improve at rapid speed.

The company who has risen to lead the pack of this billion-dollar industry is DJI, a drone manufacturer based in Shenzhen, China. DJI currently controls approximately 72% of the global drone market, according to a 2017 study by Skylogic Research, and has become infamous for their dedication to innovation and powerhouse production, consistently releasing a steady stream of industry-leading drones while their competition struggles to keep up pace.

The Inception of DJI 

The drone empire known today as DJI began in the university dorm room in 2006 of founder Frank Wang, who had a lifelong fascination with UAV systems. Deciding to pursue his passion after graduating from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Wang moved his start-up to the manufacturing metropolis of Shenzhen, China, funding the venture with his remaining university scholarship money. The move to Shenzhen would later prove to be a key to the company’s future success.

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DJI Releases The Phantom 4 Pro V2.0

Meet The New DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0

News broke early this week about a new and exciting partnership between drone giant, DJI, and Microsoft. Now the company has announced a new “ideal choice” for both consumers and professionals in search of a reliable and powerful imaging solution that caters to diverse needs and operations, the new Phantom 4 Pro / Pro+ V2.0.

The Phantom 4 Pro/Pro+ V2.0 retains all the features of the original Phantom 4 Pro. This includes 30- minute max flight time, 7km max transmission range1, 5 directions of obstacle sensing, Burst Mode stills at 14fps, and a 1” CMOS Sensor that records 4K 60 fps video.

The new Phantom 4 Pro v2.0 also features an OcuSync HD transmission system, which supports automatic dual-frequency band swiping and connects to DJI Goggles wirelessly.

The onboard camera has been redesigned to use a 1” 20mp CMOS sensor. A custom engineered lens made up of eight elements is arranged in seven groups, it is the first DJO camera to use a mechanical shutter, eliminating rolling shutter distortion which can occur when taking images of fast-moving subjects or when flying at high speed.

In effect, it is as powerful as many traditional ground cameras. More powerful video processing supports H.246 4K videos at 60fps or H.265 4K at 30fps, both with a 100mpbs bitrate. Advanced sensors and processors ensure everything is captured with more image detail and the image data needed for advanced post-production.

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Microsoft and DJI team up to bring smarter drones to the enterprise

By Frederic Lardinois

At the Microsoft  Build developer conference today, Microsoft and Chinese drone manufacturer DJI announced a new partnership that aims to bring more of Microsoft’s machine learning smarts to commercial drones.

Given Microsoft’s current focus on bringing intelligence to the edge, this is almost a logical partnership, given that drones are essentially semi-autonomous edge computing devices.

DJI  also today announced that Azure is now its preferred cloud computing partner and that it will use the platform to analyze video data, for example. The two companies also plan to offer new commercial drone solutions using Azure IoT Edge and related AI technologies for verticals like agriculture, construction and public safety. Indeed, the companies are already working together on Microsoft’s FarmBeatssolution, an AI and IoT platform for farmers.

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The world’s largest consumer drone maker wants to be the world’s largest commercial drone maker

WRITTEN BY Mike Murphy

The world’s largest consumer drone manufacturer is making a serious push to bring drones to a wider audience of commercial customers.

At an event in California today, March 28, DJI announced the launch of two new products—a thermal-imaging sensor for its drones called the Zenmuse XT2, and a new development kit that’s meant to make it easier for drone owners to slap their own custom sensors, parts, and payloads onto their drones.

In short, it’s a way to turn the commercial drones that DJI sells into open platforms for their customers to do with them as they please.

Read More: Quartz

DJI Mavic Pro can light up the sky with these LED propellers

By Thomas Luna

A company called ledpropeller is now offering LED flash propellers for DJI drones. Each propeller has a battery and a strip of LED lights to illuminate the sky with red, yellow, blue, green and white colors. Besides increasing a drone’s visibility, the lights can be used to create long-exposure photographs. This third-party accessory was reviewed and tested by YouTuber Captain Drone, and here is his video:

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