The market leader in the field of video surveillance Hikvision showcased Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 in the Arena stadium of the Amsterdam its latest Hikvision UAV-MX6100A and Hikvision UAV D04JA UAV Jammer.
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The Hover Camera comes in at only 238 grams, which is just below the FAA's limit for mandatory hobbyist drone registration. It's small as well: When the propeller wings are folded, it's about the size of a VHS cassette tape. Once you open it up, you'll see all four propellers with brushless motors, all of which are apparently developed in-house. A company rep point out that to enable precise control in such a small device, off-the-shelf components just wouldn't work.
Likewise, the A.I. algorithm is also built from ground up, and it relies on Qualcomm's Snapdragon Flight platform which is running at full speed all the time. Despite this, Zero Zero Robotics' design is able to reuse some of the downward airflow to cool the chipset; and a single charge will last for about eight minutes, after that you can easily swap out the battery at the top.
What’s the main difference between Mavic and Phantom 4?The Mavic is smaller, lighter, and easier to carry with you thanks to its foldable design. Its new OcuSync transmission system has a longer transmission range and 1080p resolution. Due to its larger size, the Phantom 4 has a higher maximum speed and can withstand stronger winds.
Does the folding mechanism wear out and will it need replacing?The folding mechanism has been tested to last at least 5000 folds. It is unlikely that it will wear out during the Mavic’s lifetime.
What’s difference of camera between Mavic and Phantom 4?The two cameras have the same features, but the Mavic’s camera has a smaller FOV, is able to focus as closely as 0.5m and can be rotated 90° for portrait shots and selfies. The Phantom 4’s larger FOV makes it better suited for landscape imaging.
Remote Controller and Wi-FiWhat is the difference between using the remote controller to control the Mavic, and using your smartphone to control it via Wi-Fi?The Mavic remote controller uses DJI’s OcuSync transmission technology, giving it an increased range of up to 4.3mi (7km) in open areas without interference, FCC compliant. When using a smartphone connected via Wi-Fi, the controllable range is 80m, and maximum altitude is 50m, making it suitable for short-range shots like selfies and for setting up ActiveTrack. You can also download photos and videos directly from the Mavic to your mobile device via Wi-Fi. By sliding the Control Mode switch on the right hand side of the aircraft, you can choose easily between Wi-FI and RC mode depending on which transmission type you need.
How do I switch between the two controller modes?First, make sure that your aircraft is powered off. Then, open the small cover on the right hand side of the aircraft body. Slide the switch to the left to enable Wi-Fi control, or to the right to use the remote controller.
What sizes of smartphone can fit inside the Mavic remote controller?The Mavic remote controller can fit smartphones between 6.5-8.5mm thick and up to 160mm long, without a phone case. Phones and tablets larger than this do not fit the remote controller’s device holder.
Can I use a regular USB cable to connect my phone and remote controller?Yes, you can. However, for the best user experience, we recommend that you use a dedicated Mavic RC (Remote Controller) Cable to connect your phone.
What’s the difference between the Remote Controller Cable (Standard Micro USB Connector) and the Remote Controller Cable (Reverse Micro USB Connector)?
The phone on the left has a standard Micro USB Connector; the phone on the right has a Reverse Micro USB Connector.
The Remote Controller Cable (Standard Micro USB Connector) is compatible with: Samsung, Huawei, Motorola and more. The Remote Controller Cable (Reverse Micro USB Connector) is compatible with: HTC, Mi, OPPO and more. For Sony, VIVO, and other brands, phone compatibility differs by model. Please take care to choose the correct type for your phone.
What Remote Controller Cables are included with the Mavic upon purchase?Three cables are included in the box: one with Lightning connector, one with a standard Micro-USB connector and the third one is the USB Type-C connector.
What is the default Wi-Fi SSID and password?For security purposes, each Mavic has its own SSID and password that can be found on a sticker on one of the forearms of the aircraft and inside the battery compartment. For your first use, you can scan the QR code with the DJI GO app to connect to the aircraft*, or enter the password manually under your phone’s Wi-Fi settings.
(*Only available for Android devices).
Can I use other QR code apps to scan the QR code and connect to the aircraft via Wi-Fi?No. You must use the DJI GO app to connect to your aircraft.
How can I set the Wi-Fi SSID and password?Connect to your Mavic via Wi-Fi and then enter Camera View. Now enter Wi-Fi settings to manually set the SSID and password.
How do I reset the Wi-Fi password back to default?Turn on the Mavic in Wi-Fi mode, press the linking button and hold for 5s.
What is the benefit of dual-band Wi-Fi?The 2.4G Wi-Fi frequency was developed a long time ago, 5G Wi-Fi is newer. As 2.4G is older, more devices use this frequency, making it more likely to suffer from interference. 5G is less prone to interference as there are less 5G devices, but not all phones support the 5G frequency. You can switch between these two frequency bands in the Wi-Fi Settings menu in the DJI GO app.
PropulsionDo I have to take the propellers off when in transit?No. Just fold the propellers and you are good to go.
What happens if the propellers are not fully unfolded before flight?Once the rotors start spinning, the centrifugal force will automatically push the propellers into the correct position, so you don’t need to worry about not having unfolded them perfectly.
The Mavic’s motors are not all on the same plane. Will this affect its flight performance?No.
What’s the highest level of wind the Mavic can resist?The Mavic can withstand a level 5 wind, also called a fresh breeze. This is defined as wind speeds of 19–24mph (29–38kph).
How far can the Mavic fly on a single charge?In calm weather and under ideal conditions, the Mavic can fly up to 8 miles (13km) at 31 mph (50 kph). Real-world performance will vary though, so we urge you to monitor your battery level at all times.
Why does the Mavic have a longer flight time than hover time?Thanks to its rotor system optimized for forward flight and its aerodynamic design, when flying at the optimum speed for energy consumption, the Mavic consumes less energy then it does hovering. This is why it is able to give you a 27 minute flight time, while its hover time is 24 minutes.
Video TransmissionWhat is the main benefit of the OcuSync video transmission system?OcuSync has a range of up to 4.3 miles (7 km) with improved resistance to interference and a higher transmission throughput. At shorter ranges it can stream footage to you at 1080p resolution and also allows photo and video downloads at 40Mb/s.
What is the resolution of the live view transmitted via OcuSync?1080p/30fps for near-field transmission; 720p/60fps for far-field transmission.
What is OcuSync’s transmission latency?160ms from the Mavic’s camera to your device screen under ideal conditions.
VisionWhat is the difference between quick calibration and advanced calibration?When the Vision System fails to function normally, you can do a quick calibration in the DJI GO app, or connect the aircraft to a computer to perform advanced calibration for higher precision.
What is the difference between the Mavic’s Intelligent Vision Positioning System and an Optical Flow Vision Positioning System?The Mavic combines dual forward and downward vision sensors to realize precision hovering. Therefore, it requires no more than a patterned surface and enough available light to be able to hover stably up to 13m above the ground. Even if the Mavic is unable to identify reference points on the ground, it can still rely on its forward vision sensors to hover. In contrast, an Optical Flow system, requires information from ultrasonic sensors to supplement its view of patterned surfaces.
An example to show the difference between the two systems is when the aircraft is returning to you where you are standing on a balcony. When flying in over the balcony, drones using Optical Flow will receive data from two data sources that measure its height above the below surface differently – one being its height above the ground, and another the height above the balcony. As the data is not compatible, an Optical Flow system may become confused.
Another example is when the ground below the drone is covered by vegetation. Plants and trees do not reflect sound as well as other surfaces, causing the Optical Flow system’s ultrasonic sensors to be unable to gather altitude data.
In conclusion, the Mavic's Intelligent Vision Positioning System requires fewer inputs and is therefore more robust in its functionality.
What is the minimum distance and maximum flight speed at which the Mavic can fly while avoiding obstacles?The Mavic will automatically avoid obstacles 50ft (15m) in front of it. The maximum speed at which the Mavic is able to avoid obstacles is 22mph (30kph).
What are the conditions required for Precision Landing?Precision Landing is an upgraded version of GPS RTH. It needs a GPS signal strong enough to initiate Precision Landing, so that the Mavic can be navigated back to the vicinity of the take-off point.
Then, the aircraft needs to be able to visually recognize the pattern of the ground it took off from, for example cracks or other identifiable patterns. A uniform patch of sand, however, is not suitable for Precision Landing. Finally, the Mavic needs to capture footage of the ground during take-off to record its appearance. This means that you should give the Mavic sufficient time during its ascent, instead of flying away immediately after take-off.
ChargingCan the Mavic’s charger charge both its Intelligent Flight Battery and its remote controller?Yes, it can charge a battery and two other devices simultaneously via USB. However, it will take longer to fully charge the devices.
Does the Mavic’s battery support quick charging?Yes. The Mavic’s Intelligent Flight Battery supports quick charging at nearly 2C, with a maximum charging power of 100W. The rated power of Mavic Battery Charger is 50W, and the rated power of the Mavic Car Charger is 78W. When using the Mavic Advanced Charging Hub with a 100W adapter, the battery can be charged at 100W.
What is a Battery Charging Hub? What is the difference between the two versions of the Mavic’s Charging Hub?The two Charging Hubs can both charge up to 4 batteries at one time. In order to fully charge the first battery as quickly as possible, the Intelligent Flight Batteries are charged in sequence according to their power levels, from high to low. This gives you the fastest way of getting all your batteries fully charged.
There are two main differences between the two Charging Hubs. First, the standard Charging Hub only supports the Mavic’s 50W Battery Charger and Mavic Car Charger, while the advanced version also supports the 100W Battery Charger and Car Charger from the Phantom 4. Second, the advanced version will balance the voltage of each battery cell to improve charging efficiency. When one battery’s charging enters the second-half of its charging phase, the next battery will enter the first-half of its charging phase. With 4 batteries all at 15%, the advanced charger can get 4 batteries fully charged in 140 minutes using the Phantom 4’s 100W charger, while the standard version will need 270 minutes with the Mavic’s 50W charger.
What is the Mavic’s Battery to Power Bank Adapter?This adapter can be connected to the Mavic’s Intelligent Flight Battery, turning it into a power bank. Thanks to its high capacity, an Intelligent Flight Battery at 25% charge can fully charge the Mavic’s controller, or an iPhone 6.
What is the maximum output current for the Mavic’s Battery to Power Bank Adapter?The adapter has two USB ports which can be used simultaneously. The output voltage is 5V, and the max current is 2A + 2A.
Travel NoticeHow many batteries can I carry in the Mavic’s Shoulder Bag?Four. One mounted on the Mavic, one at the bottom of the bag, and on in each of the two side pockets.
Is the world of autonomous single-passenger drones just over the horizon? Will you be commuting like George Jetson next year? Today, a Chinese company called EHang made a splashy announcement at CES promising just that. But consider us skeptical.
The company says its 440-pound pilotless vehicle, called the 184, will hit the market at some unspecified date in the near future. The estimated cost? Anywhere from $300,000 to $400,000.
“After we launch it at CES, the goal is to do the commercialization within three to four months,” EHang CFO Shang Hsaio told Wired. The definition of “commercialization” is never made clear, so I wouldn’t hold my breath.
All EHang needs now is FAA approval, a vast network of air-traffic control monitors, and a way to figure out how to make the thing land safely after just 23 minutes in the air. Oh, we didn’t mention that? Yeah, its battery lasts a rather humble 23 minutes, or about 10 miles. For a bit of perspective, that wouldn’t even get you halfway from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica. Also, the drone doesn’t have any manual controls, so if the thing fails mid-flight it seems you’re out of luck. (To extend our LA example, you’d be crashing somewhere around Culver City.)
EHang is better known for making hobby drones like the Ghost Drone, but that doesn’t make us any more optimistic that this thing will ever make it to market in the United States.
The latest trend in flying car vaporware seems to be producing tiny drones as “prototype” vehicles and claiming that your full-sized product is just waiting for FAA approval. Flying car companies like Moller International andTerrafugia have done just that. But just because you can make a small drone doesn’t mean you can make something that A) flies safely enough to produce for the commercial market and B) will be granted FAA certification.
We have a century of similar promises about flying cars under our belt. So while we’re rooting for EHang, even if it’s ultimately just a toy for the rich, we’re still not convinced that this thing will hit the US market anytime soon. In fact, I’d like to re-up my wager that if this thing hits the market in the next year or two, I’ll literally eat the sun.
2015 was the year consumer drones took off then 2016 is poised to be the year when curious and creative people use these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to push the limits of human imagination.
That’s what happened when Intel CEO Brian Krzanich asked marketing director of perceptual computing Anil Nanduri what he would do with 100 flying drones. He wanted Nanduri to find a way to push the bounderies and show people an exciting new way to experience the wonders of drone technology.
Nanduri put that challenge to a small group of artists and technology researchers at Ars Electronica Futurelab in Linz, Austria.
The team quickly created an outdoor flying drone light show syncopated to a live orchestra.
When all 100 light-equipped drones danced and painted 3D shapes and messages in sky above Flugplatz Ahrenlohe, Tornesch, near Hamburg, Germany in early November, a new record was born.
Dubbed Drone 100, the spectacle set a Guinness World Record for most UAVs airborne simultaneously. Official Guinness World Records adjudicator Pravin Patel was on hand to verify record and congratulate the technology company.
When video of Drone 100 was first shown during Krzanich’s CES 2016 keynote two months later, he said it redefined the fireworks experience without the inherent risks of traditional pyrotechnics.
“The past can be replaced by new creativity powered by drones,” he told the CES audience. “This is what it means to reinvent experiences using new technology.”
To transform the idea into reality, Horst Hoertner, senior director of Futurelab, said he focused on the future.
“It’s the only thing that can be created,” he said. “Everything else is already created. Hope and curiosity is the drive that helps you get things done that have never been done before,” he said.
Hoertner and his team of 15 people called the drones, “spaxels,” a hybrid of “space pixels.” He said he wanted to show how drones, known to many as weapons, can be used to create beauty and socially meaningful experiences.
The four pilots were led by Martin Morth, and each pilot controlled 25 drones as they lifted off from a soccer field in Hamburg.
But before the drones could launch from the field, engineers created software that allowed the drones to follow flight paths, turn on and off lights and move succinctly with one another to dramatic orchestra music.
“We developed our own ground-controls software,” said Futurelab’s Andreas Jalsovec, who led the choreography and show design for Drone 100.
He described it as animation software that requires powerful computing performance.
He translated his hand drawing into the 3D software to choreograph the precise flying positions of each drone. “We just took technology and made art out of it,” he said.
The goal for Intel was to combine curiosity with innovation to show what’s possible for UAVs, said Nanduri’s Intel teammate Natalie Cheung.
“We’re working with aviation entities to understand what the policies are, the rules and regulations, and make sure that drones are safe so we can have light shows like this,” said Cheung. “We can work together on different goals to make sure that it’s safe.”
In November, Nanduri led the first drone demonstration inside the U.S. Capitol during a visit to influence progressive safety policies for UAVs.
“Regulatory bodies have real issues and concerns, but how do we ensure that we as an industry help solve these problems by working with agencies like FAA and NASA,” Nanduri said, who ultimately wants standard, worldwide regulations.
Nanduri said the Drone 100 project was done in a private, secure site. The audience viewed it at a safe distance.
“That was the framework in which regulators saw it as a safe, risk-based approach, and they gave approval to do a night time flight,” he said.
He said that the FAA takes safety very seriously, so it’s up to leaders like Intel to demonstrate that these new technologies bring new opportunities and economic value.
“We want the US to be the leader in defining these frameworks under which we can integrate these new technologies,” he said.
Privacy is a common concern, but the Futurelab team wanted to show that it isn’t always about drones looking at people. Instead, people could be looking at drones as a form of art, communication, or research.
Hoertner sees people as naturally curious and filled with hope, and his team poured both into the Drone 100 project.
“That driving force is in all of us,” he said. “That makes us do things that some would say are crazy and others would say astonishing.”
He said Drone 100 is an example of combing art, technology and society to reveal new possibilities.
Nanduri said this the dawn of a new era for UAVs.
“Now they are getting new human-like senses, so they can see and react intelligently, in real-time to obstacles in their environment. This will open up new, creative ways for using UAVs.”
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