3D Robotics launch new X8 Modular Drone

3D Robotics X8 Modular Drone

North American drone company 3D Robotics announced the launch of the X8+, a tough, ready-to-fly personal drone that extends the capability of 3DR’s fully-automated flight platform into the professional realm.After the heavily hyped launch of the new DJI Inspire 1 “prosumer” drone with a $2800 price tag and 4K camera, 3D Robotics now released the X8 modular drone.

3D Robotics X8 Modular Drone

Basically, 3DR has taken care of making a tough robot that can fly—consumers can now build on that platform and make of it what they can. Maybe it’s easiest to think of the X8+ as a power drill that users can outfit with different bits. Beyond photography and videography, for instance, it can be used to generate highly precise maps and 3D models, collect aerial data in automated and infinitely repeatable flight paths, carry different sensors for gathering data beyond the visible spectrum, generate point clouds for accurate ground survey, and can even be outfitted with magnets for real delivery potential. The aluminum frame can take the elements, but it’s also light enough to maximize aerial mobility; it folds into a compact and easily transportable form perfect for on-site use in areas like mining, construction, search & rescue, agriculture and professional cinematography.

The $1,350 price tag sounds great, but that does not include camera and gimbal. Built a realistic minimum setup and the price goes to $2,200 with only a basic GoPro H3.

But it’s more than a flying camera. It’s really the first drone at a consumer price point that could be called an intelligent tool.

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18 November 2014