Flying Machines

Dec 082014
 

Parrot Bebop Drone With Skycontroller Range Extender
The Parrot Bebop Drone is designed to allow you take awesome pictures and record amazing movies from the height of the skies, offering FPV (First Person View) footage via a dedicated free iPhone or Android app.

The Parrot Bebop Drone roughly measures 12-in (28cm) square and 1.5-in (3.6cm) tall, weighs around 14.5 ounces (that’s a maximum weight of 410 grams), is powered by a rechargeable battery which allows up to 11 minutes of flight at speeds up to 45mph (75KMH) in winds up to 30mph (50KMH). The drone is equipped with a 14MP 180-degree angle of view f2.2 fish-eye lens camera capable of recording full-HD 1080p MP4 movies or taking JPEG and Adobe DNG picture files.

ALSO CHECK the X4 First Person View Quadcopter By Hubsan Hobby and this Flying Eagle POV Video.

Both, the Parrot drone and the installed camera, can be controlled via the iOs (iPhone, iPad and iPod) or Android FreeFlight Parrot app which connects to your phone or tablet via Wi-Fi and has a range of about 980ft (300 meters). For those looking to extend the flying area of the drone, Parrot offers a Skycontroller addon which features an amplified Wi-Fi radio and 4 antennas to boost the device’s range up to 1.2 miles (2kilometers). The Skycontroller addon runs on Android and allows image output to smartphones, tablets as well as HDMI screens and TVs and VR sets such as the Oculus Rift (via HDMI), Zeiss Cinemizer or Sony FPV.

$499+ | BUY NOW
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Oct 092013
 

Witch Wilga Motorized Flying Kite
The Witch Wilga is a cool flying kite equipped with a small engine available in two flavors – 40-61 two stroke or .45-.72 four stroke. The RC controlled kite features a 3-4 channel radio controller and a huge wing area that help it to easily float and to safely land – also check the Flying Zombie Shark.

$109.99 | BUY NOW
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Aug 312013
 

Terrafugia Transition - The Flying Car

Hybrid vehicles get more and more traction these days. And when I say hybrid I do not necessarily mean gas/electric powered vehicles (although those are getting a lot of traction too) but I am referring more to vehicles ready to assure transportation in various mediums – take for example the Rinspeed sQuba Submersible Car which acts as both a submarine and a sports convertible or the Track N Go system which allows regular pickups to transform in snowmobiles.

Today we’ll see a new breed of transformer cars. The Terrafugia Transition is a street-legal car which turns into a fully functional airplane in less than a minute. Drive it or fly it upon your wish …

Here are some of the Terrafugia Transition features:

  • It can fly in and out over 5,000 public airports in US
  • Public roads and highway legal and safe
  • Automated electromechanical wings folding takes less than a minute
  • Takeoff roll – 1700 ft (518 m) over 50 ft obstacle
  • Features two places and a small cargo area
  • Factory built – no assembly required
  • Cruise speed – 100 mph (160 km/h)
  • Flying range – 410 mi (660 km) plus 30 min. reserve
  • Car mode mileage – 35 mpg (6.7 L / 100 km)
  • Equipped with a full vehicle parachute for emergency situations

While the Transition already sells in US for $270,00o. Terrafugia has big plans about improving the car-plane‘s aesthetics and functionality. Their next model, the TF-X, will be available in the following years and will feature vertical take-off, transportation for up to 4 passengers and many more.

Let’s hear you in the comments … What’s your take on these new multifunctional vehicle approach? Do you see yourself driving/diving/flying one soon?

$270,000 | BUY NOW
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Nov 212012
 

Individual Use Helicopter Ready

Flying was the biggest humanity dream. While in the last century or so the aviation advanced incredibly, we are still lacking a reliable individual flight machine that can take us from home to work and shopping on daily bases.

Japan’s Hirobo might do it tough! This individual helicopter prototype might be ready for civil use by 2021 and it’ll first be used in emergency and disasters situations.

Powered by a fully electric motor minutes the Hirobo helicopter can fly with up to 60 mph (100 km/h) for about 30 minutes. Due to the electric motor, the personal helicopter will be a silent one, allowing an increased flight comfort as well as (when used in emergency recovery situations) easier spotting people in need of help.

The estimated cost announced is around $375,000.
So … how do you feel about it? Do you think air highways can become a reality? Let me know in the comments …

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