InterDrone, now on its third year is the premier show for drone pilots, service providers, manufacturers, and enterprise users. This year at InterDrone 2018 we saw new products from Parrot, Yuneec, ParaZero, LiDARUSA, and WiBotic.
Parrot released a package version of Anafi drone aimed at the industrial market called Anafi Work. The package includes a 1-year subscription to Pix4DModel (3D modeling software), the Anafi drone (with its 4K 180-degree vertical tilting camera), 4 smart batteries, a controller, 8 extra propellers, a water-resistant shoulder bag and more. The kit is $1,099 which is a great price as the Pix4DModel software by itself is $492 a year. For those looking to add 3D modeling into their drone business offerings then perhaps consider buying a Parrot Anafi Work kit.
For those interested in thermal imaging, Yuneec launched their new E10T All-in-One Dual Sensor Thermal Imaging camera to directly compete with DJI’s Zenmuse XT2. Yuneec’s thermal offerings, such as the previous CGOET camera, feature a low-light 1080P RGB sensor with a thermal overlay as to provide more detail than just having a thermal camera. The camera comes in 320×256 or 640×512 infrared pixel resolutions and will start at $4,999. The E10T is only compatible with the Yuneec H520 commercial drone.
A company innovating for greater drone safety is ParaZero. As the ParaZero team continues to work with the FAA they hope drone operators will be able to fly over people if they have the Parazero SafeAir system installed on the drone. The ParaZero SafeAir system has four key components: a dedicated emergency computer with various independent sensors that detects flight failure, a drone power shut off device to stop the propellers, a buzzer to alert people in the area, and a patented pyrotechnic parachute that enables the drone to descend safely to the ground. The SafeAir system is currently available for the Matrice 600 and Matrice 200 line of drones with smaller systems for the DJI Phantom and Mavic coming out later this year. UPDATE: ParaZero announces the first ever FAA waiver for flight over people with the SafeAir system.
For mapping rough terrain with lots of detail and accuracy, LiDARUSA featured their M200 Series Snoopy LiDAR package. The package includes a custom integrated Velodyne LiDAR Puck LITE sensor on a DJI Matrice 200 series drone. In years prior, LiDAR systems were typically flown on larger hexacopter platforms such as the Matrice 600 due to the weight. Now, with LiDAR sensors becoming more compact and products like the ParaZero SafeAir system, operators can fly with more expensive payloads on smaller drones with even more confidence.
This year WiBotic featured their wireless charging module specifically for the DJI Matrice 200 series of drones. The system has 3 parts the power landing pad, the energy receiver, and an onboard charge transformer. The power landing pad is what the drone lands on to charge from. The energy receiver is on the leg of the drone; this draws current from the power pad. Next, the onboard charge transformer takes the power from the energy receiver and changes it into the correct values for the drone batteries to charge from. The WiBotic autonomous wireless drone charging system is targeted toward drones fleets with the capability to charge quickly and minimize drone downtime.
Every year at InterDrone we see new payloads and innovating drone product integrations. InterDrone has quickly become the place that drone manufacturers, integrators, and innovators meet yearly to exchange ideas, share data, and display what they’ve been working on. Are you planning on attending InterDrone 2019? Let us know!