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Re: GPS Follow Me Drones
« Reply #15 on: May 03, 2020, 06:13:56 AM »
New Mavic Air 2 look promising. I am super impressed by how these drones adjust for wind.  So cool to watch. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opBrhp3Ti-8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHs9xgb9FeU
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Re: GPS Follow Me Drones
« Reply #16 on: July 07, 2020, 12:49:04 AM »
I ended up buying the DJI Mavic Air 2 a few months back.  After a morning Wing session and some lunch, I was completely roached.  Droning seemed like a great afternoon, and it was.  I headed down to the beach and it was blowing 30 with top gusts over 40.  It was a great day for a high wind test.

This drone is a technological masterpiece.  It is unbelievable to me that this even exists.  Sitting on my shaded park bench (under a tree that was going nuts in the wind) I flew this through 3 batteries.  A lot of the time the drone was almost a mile away.  I was getting about 20 minutes per battery and I wasn't pushing it on any of them.  I shot video of a winger, a windfoiler and a few SUP's.  The drone fly's predictably and is downright stunning in high wind.  I watched the video on my computer and the quality is outrageous.

The only downside (and its a big one) is that the active track system is useless for our sports (at least in this wind).  It will not recognize a winger or a sailbaord at all.  It gives and error when you try (cannot identify subject).  It will pick up and follow a SUP but it won't hold it for long.  Bummer.  That left me manually following riders.  This is possible but it seriously limits what I had hoped this might do. 

I will need to try it in lighter winds and see what it can do but so far it seems like active track is more geared at cars, bikes, people, boats, etc. 


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Re: GPS Follow Me Drones
« Reply #17 on: July 15, 2020, 06:49:49 PM »
Someone should put together those two devices:

 - a drone that could hold a decent payload
 - Soloshot 3 cam

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Re: GPS Follow Me Drones
« Reply #18 on: July 15, 2020, 07:59:55 PM »
Thatís basically what skydio is.

Btw, saw in tech trades today that they got $100 million for enterprise drones. So expect some crazy awesome toys to spin off of that.

 


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