GoPro exits drone market, hints at search for a buyer, partner

The leader in the action cam market continues to reduce its size and product lines in its fight to stay profitable.

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GoPro will discontinue its Karma drone and exit the category.

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GoPro’s move into the drone market is coming to an end.

In the company’s fourth quarter 2017 results announcement, GoPro said it will discontinue its Karma drone and exit the category. It cited “margin challenges in an extremely competitive aerial market” and “a hostile regulatory environment in Europe and the United States” as causes.

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MEET EVOLVE, THE WORLD’S FIRST CARBON FIBER DRONE WITH DUAL SCREEN DRONE CONTROLLER

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LAS VEGAS, Dec. 29, 2017 – XDynamics is proud to introduce Evolve, the world’s first consumer drone with a patent-awarded dual-screen remote controller and an incredibly advanced Smart Pilot System (SPS). The Evolve will empower users of all kinds with industry-grade features and functionality at their fingertips. XDynamics will showcase its’ high-end consumer drones at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, January 9th through 12th.

Inside the world’s first dual-screen drone controller is our advanced Smart Pilot System (SPS). An album manager to view, organize, sort, rename and caption aerial media files at will. Users can enhance images quickly and easily with filters and effects, then upload straight to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter without having to copy photos from one device to another. The SPS also features an alert center with clear and easy-to-read flight status indicators and flight modes which allow you to take selfies while the drone follows you or create a planned route for the drone to fly unassisted. Path planner selects multiple waypoints by locations, altitudes and directions which allow the Evolve to fly along by itself. The map preloader saves and names locations of interest offline, to view once airborne.

Aerial photography and video with XDynamics Evolve begins at your fingertips. At XDynamics we know that the amount of information we can access during flight leads to greater situational awareness while in the air and a safer flight. Evolve’s dual screens include a 7-inch viewfinder and a 5-inch multi-touch control panel. Both screens are easily visible in bright sunlight with 2 times the brightness of ordinary smartphone screens. A minimalistic approach without compromising function can be seen in the foldable dual-screen, with a button and stick layout that keep ergonomics in mind. Flight is intuitive drawing inspiration from game consoles and high-end controllers.

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The hardware inside the dual-screen remote to support these features and functionality include a 64-bit quad-core CPU, a dedicated GPU, 4GB DDR3 RAM and Android OS. The Evolve comes with a GPS module, Inertial Measurement Unit sensors, Micro-SD card slot, USB port and micro video-out port. These allow for add-ons including additional storage, FPV goggles and VR headsets.

The Evolve delivers incredible wireless live view performance with 1080p high definition video at 60fps and transmission latency below 10 milliseconds. With zero latency transmission, filmmakers can monitor framing and composition in real-time and never miss a critical shot. It is ideal for commercial, TV and film production, infrastructure inspection and other applications that require delay-free control of the aerial camera.

XDynamics’ Evolve is a quadcopter with a monocoque design constructed of carbon fiber. We integrated the body and the chassis into a single carbon fiber unit. In addition to a premium touch and feel, it provides better resistance to impact, stronger structural stability, improved flight dynamics and is stronger and lighter than competing materials.

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Our camera system is equipped with 21mm f/2.8 lens, Sony CMOS image sensor, effective pixels of 12.4M and supported by a 3-axis gimbal stabilizer. With this, the Evolve records smooth high resolution 4K video at 24fps, 2.7K at 60fps, 1080p at 120fps and 720p at 240fps. It supports RAW image file output (DNG format) and records video at 60Mbit/s.

In addition to the 4K camera, the universal mount supports a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera and panoramic camera, respectively supported by their own 3-axis gimbals. Set-up time for the additional cameras is less than 3 seconds without tools thanks to the patented quick release gimbal adapter.

Evolve’s ultra precise positioning system combines algorithms and a comprehensive suite of positioning tools. A GNSS module along with advanced optical flow and LiDAR sensors receive data from satellites around the world to develop multi-spectrum images. The Evolve provides better position tracking capabilities with higher precision than drones with ultrasonic and regular visual sensors.

XDynamics’ Evolve with 4K camera will be available in Q1 2018. It will make its official debut at CES 2018 in Booth MP25655 in South Hall 2 in the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). Both the mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera and panoramic camera will be available in Q3 2018.

Don’t hesitate to book a meeting with us at CES 2018. Send an email to XDynamics (pr@xdynamics.com) or submit a request at XDynamics.com, and we will get back to you to find a suitable time.

Ballard Launches Next Generation Fuel Cell System for Drones, Expands Insitu Flight Testing

VANCOUVER and SOUTHBOROUGH, MADec. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) today announced that the company has developed a next generation high performance fuel cell propulsion system to power unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones. Ballard has also received a follow-on contract from Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary, for extended durability testing of the next-generation 1.3 kilowatt (kW) fuel cell propulsion system to power test flights of its ScanEagle UAV platform.

Ballard and Insitu have partnered over the past two years to integrate Ballard’s prior generation fuel cell propulsion system – a complete hydrogen power system for small unmanned fixed wing and Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) platforms – into the ScanEagle platform. Successful flight testing was announced in mid-2017. Continue reading

XDynamics Announces Third Straight Year of Participation in Consumer Electronics Show, the “Super Bowl” of Consumer Technology

Hong Kong drone manufacturer, XDynamics is excited to demonstrate its latest technologies at this year’s event.

LAS VEGASDec. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Each year, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas brings together the world’s greatest innovators and dreamers from across the consumer technology spectrum. And 2018 will mark the third year in a row that Hong Kong’s XDynamics  will be making an appearance. The company will be located at booth #26427, at the heart the drone section.

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Drone Delivery Canada Corp. to Commence Trading on the TSX Venture Exchange

TORONTODec. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Further to its press release dated December 18, 2017Drone Delivery Canada ‘DDC or the Company’ (CSE:FLT  OTC:TAKOF), is pleased to announce that the Company has been accepted for listing on the TSX Venture Exchange (the “TSXV“) as a Tier 1 issuer, and its common shares will commence trading on December 27, 2017, on the TSXV under its existing symbol “FLT”.

About Drone Delivery Canada Corp.

Drone Delivery Canada is a drone technology company focused on the design, development and implementation of its proprietary logistics software platform, using drones. The Company’s platform will be used as Software as a Service (SaaS) for government and corporate organizations.

Drone Delivery Canada Corp. is a publicly listed company trading on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol FLT, on the U.S. OTC Q B market under the symbol TAKOF and on the Frankfurt exchange in Germany under the symbol A2AMGZ.

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Airborne surveillance market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.7%

Airborne Surveillance Market by Type, Product Type, Application ) And Geography - Global Forecast to 2023Airborne surveillance market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.7% between 2017 and 2023

The airborne surveillance market is expected to be worth USD 4.42 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach USD 5.81 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 4.7% during the forecast period. Rapid technological advancements, Internet of Things (IoT), amendments in laws, the growing demand for UAVs in commercial application, and the availability of low-cost UAVs are some of the driving factors for the airborne surveillance market, while air traffic management poses a challenge for this market

Airborne surveillance market for unmanned system is expected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period
Major reason behind the growth of unmanned systems is because of its lower cost, rapid technological advancements, and relaxation in regulations in different countries. This has given rise to the use of UAVs in the commercial sector. Increased funding from various investors and players motivate the companies to manufacture innovative solutions for the UAV industry, creating various opportunities in the market
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NEC and CrowdOptic launch mobility-based facial recognition for smart city security

Melbourne, 13 December 2017 – NEC Australia, a leading ICT solutions and services company, has entered a strategic partnership with Silicon Valley vision analytics firm, CrowdOptic, to bring next generation security to smart cities.

NEC Australia and CrowdOptic are jointly introducing a ground-breaking intelligent live video streaming security system enabled by real-time analysis of footage captured from fixed cameras and mobile camera sensors in body cams, smartphones, and drones.

This marks a significant improvement on video surveillance and facial recognition, which today relies predominantly on footage captured from fixed cameras.

Live, intelligent video footage combined with efficient transmission of data from mobile camera sensors enhances the impact of the world’s most accurate face recognition technology*, NeoFace®.

Naturally, mobility will play an important role in smart city technology. Using internet-connected mobile cameras integrated with NEC’s cutting edge biometrics is the future of public safety. Smart cities can now use mobile camera technologies to improve the safety of public spaces and the capabilities of first responders.

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