GoPro Developing Line Of Consumer Drones

Posted: Nov 27 2014, 5:38am CST | by , Updated: Nov 27 2014, 6:45am CST, in News | Technology News


GoPro Developing Line of Consumer Drones
  • Consumer drones mainstream
  • High def camera
  • Control from tablet or smartphone

The company is planning to Start the sale of Multirotor Helicopters With High-Definition Cameras Late Next Year

The GoPro certainly had a lot of popularity on its plate and building up on that,, the company has decided to expand further from its core business and introduce some amazing consumer drones. The company’s concept of wearable video cameras had been welcomed with open arms and the product was most happily embraced by surfers and other sports enthusiasts. Those who are familiar with this plan say that the company plans to introduce these drones with cameras and the wait is going to be till next year.

These aren’t going to be any ordinary remote controlled drones; GoPro isn’t child’s play after all. What the company is planning to achieve is the introduction of multirotor helicopters which will be equipped with high def cameras and they will be available to the consumers by the end of next year. Of course something of this caliber wasn’t going to fall under the affordable range and the price tag of between $500 and $1,000 means that GoPro is all business.

In the recent years, the trend of owning unmanned aircrafts for fun has increased. Seeing a flying plane or helicopter high in the air would have been a sight of awe for many years ago but people no longer stop and stare at these as they have become more common. And we can see just how mainstream this industry has become by the entrance of a big consumer-electronics brand. As technology has advanced a step further every time, it has been getting easier to keep up with different ways to building these helicopters and planes and this has led to a considerable smaller form factor as well as cheaper price tags.

The concept of consumer drones similarly isn’t an old one; these are typically lightweight helicopters and have cameras attached on them which can easily be controlled though tablets or smartphones. With the popularity of these, the regulators have been keeping up in order to ensure safety and privacy but the US regulators have now allowed for these drones for those who have taken it up as a hobby. This holiday season, the devices are expected to be the hot sellers and are already high in demand and what has been adding up to the hype is the new concept of ‘dronie’ which is the drone’s own version of the selfie.

GoPro has made this entrance into the consumer drones at the perfect moment when its own market-leading camcorder has received intense competition from rivals such as Sony Corp. and others. The company has been operating since the past 10 years and only recently in June it declared itself public and ever since then it has been investing heavily in research and development to maintain its lead in the camera business. Within the first 9 months of the year, the company shipped nearly 2.8 million units and this was an increase of 15 percent as compared to last year.

source: wsj

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/32" rel="author">Ahmed Humayun</a>
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