The Adorama party wasn’t the only thing going on tonight. High-end drone maker DJI also took some time to announce their newest product, the Inspire 1. The Inspire 1 brings quadcopters into the 4K era. They also announced an SDK for their Phantom line. They also brought some star power to the San Francisco with the Mythbusters’ Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage. Let’s take a look at the new announcements.
SDK for Phantom
Before we get to the new hotness, the Phantom has cemented itself as the working man’s quadcopter. DJI has its own control software, but its opening up its drone to see what others can do with a SDK Kit. The SDK will give apps access to camera controls, flight control, and telemetry. The SDK also includes encryption protocols between the app and the quadcopter. One of the first app partners is Pix4D which will allow the Phantom to perform autonomous aerial mapping.
Developers wanting access can get the SDK at dev.dji.com.
If the Phantom is the workhorse, the new Inspire 1 is Robocop. The new quadcopter is a quantum leap in looks and features above the rest of the field. The design is a transformer with the shape changing to give a full, unobstructed 360° view. it also has 18 minutes of flight time.
The camera is built-in, but modular. Its 4K at 30 and 24fps and has a CMOS sensor and has a 94° wide angle lens and a threaded filter mount. It’s attached with a 3-axis gimbal.
The new control is capable of precise control of flight and the camera gimbal. Two controllers can be used in tandem. It also has USB and HDMI-out ports
Pricing and Availability
The Inspire 1 is far form your hobbyist quadcopter and it doesn’t come cheap. The drone itself is $2899 with one controller or $3399 with two on the street, with the remote costing $650. Yes, the remote is almost as much as the Phantom 2, but you get what you pay for. You can also get the DJI Inspire 1 and its Remote from our friends at Adorama