This one, as a gear, gadget and camera nerd, was impossible to pass up.
The bait, on my Twitter feed, was taken immediately: “@c5dnews: Article: NAB 2012: $900 Quad Copter for GoPro sized cameras.” A $900 camera helicopter? Yes, please. Looking to blow a few hundred of your tax return? Here’s an approved option.
This little bird could be a game changer, which offers any pro or amateur the ability to add flight footage into their service Rolodex starting at $900 –or the NAB show special, $349. I’m imagining this will take plenty of flight time to perfect a steady flight path, once you’re dialed the footage you can produce should be pretty amazing. Providing, of course, you don’t crash and burn the copter, your camera, and accompanying livelihood.
I’ll wait patiently in line for the testing session, and in the meantime, here is some beta and links about the two models from Rotor Concept.
Rotor Concept’s high performance quadcopter (HPQ1) comes fully assembled and 100% ready to fly (RTF), HPQ1 is controlled by a 6 channel digital radio/receiver using the latest code pairing, for anti-interference & fail safe, 2.4GHZ digital spread spectrum frequency. Other than flying for enjoyment, HPQ1 can perform some real life applications for both commercial and industrial through various optional live streaming video and on-board digital video recording HD camera systems. Features the capability to carry a maximum payload of up to 12 ounces with standard blades or up to 1.2 pound using optional high performance blades. HPQ1’s flight control board is intergrated with advanced sensors such as auto barometer, accelerometer, magnetometer, 3-axis gyro and inertia based (6DOF IMU) self stabilization system. Also comes as standard is the signal loss and the low battery flight warning system which allow the HPQ1 to perform gradual auto self-landing, Fly up to 20 minutes with the included lithium-polymer battery and with 4 brushless motors. Maximum flight altitude up to 2,000 feet. Maximum flight radius up to 1 mile. HPQ1 can pair with any 4 channel radio as well. [$899]
Fully assembled and 100% Ready to Fly. HPQ-2 is the larger version of the HPQ-1. The HPQ-2 quadcopter is a foldable and comes with a 28×8.5×8.5 inch metal carrying case. HPQ-2 is capable of carrying up to 3lbs payload. Possible applications: Real estate, rooftop inspection, private investigation, law enforcement, sporting events, etc. [$1,795]
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