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Egg-shaped drone aims to crack UAV market

Thursday, September 01, 2016 - 01:36

An egg-shaped drone with a 4k camera and motion-sensing gesture control is previewed at the IFA Electronic show in Berlin. Ben Gruber reports.

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STORY: It look like a dinosaur egg from the past, but its developers say is the future of drone technology. The Poweregg has been unveiled this week at the IFA Consumer Electronics show in Berlin. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HUBER HU, CEO OF POWERVISION EUROPE, SAYING: "The PowerEgg camera can shoot 4k video and 12-meg still images. It also features a 3-axis gimbal so that the image is stabilised. Due to its unique design the legs fold up so there's no legs hiding the view [to the camera]. The gimbal enables the 360 degree panoramic shooting." When switched on, four rotor blades emerge from the egg to propel it skywards at a speed of 5 metres-per-second. Its sensor packed body ensures the drone handles egg-ceptionally well. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HUBER HU, CEO OF POWERVISION EUROPE, SAYING: "It can fly about 47 kilometres per hour; that's rather fast. And it can fly more than 2,000 metres high, though regulations ask users to normally fly below 120 or 115 metres high." The egg can fly autonomously by following a target or be piloted by either conventional remote control or by utilizing motion sensing technology to follow a users hand gestures. The UAV egg is available for pre-order with first shipments expected next month.

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Egg-shaped drone aims to crack UAV market

Thursday, September 01, 2016 - 01:36