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Cheung said she sees the light-show drones as offering a lot more than some passing distraction at a football game or concert. Intel plans to apply what it’s learning from light shows to industrial uses for its other drones, like coordinated drone search parties and inspections of cell towers. More broadly, Cheung views the light shows as a way of introducing drones to the general public in a more positive way, as a balance against controversies like delivery drones potentially taking away people’s jobs.”We’re able to change how people are looking at drones,” she said. “They see it as a fascination.”

Merging tech and art

Cheung joined Intel in 2011 after graduating that year from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a master’s in electrical engineering and computer science. After a rotational program for engineers, she landed an opportunity as a research analyst for the CEO.

That led to a chat in the hallway with Krzanich in 2015 about using 100 drones to create the Intel logo in front of a company building.

“We didn’t know the answer at that time, but said OK, I think we can do this. What do we need to do to make this possible,” she said.

inteldrones2A close-up look at an Intel Shooting Star drone. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET

In November of that year, Cheung helped organize a team in Germany that flew 100 Hummingbird drones made by Ascending Technology, snagging a Guinness World Record for the most drones that were airborne simultaneously.

“I realized there that we were just scratching the surface and we had just gotten into something that was much bigger than I expected,” Cheung said with a Shooting Star drone sitting by her during our conversation.

After the Germany test run, Cheung took over the new light-show team and helped pulled off four international shows using 100 drones in 2016. That year, Intel also acquired Ascending Technologies and later introduced its own Shooting Star drone.

The hardware of a Shooting Star is fairly simple. The drone weighs about as much as a volleyball, is made of foam and plastic, and carries an LED payload that can flash red, green, blue or white. It doesn’t have cameras. The Shooting Star, flying outdoors, is guided by GPS, and the Mini drones use a similar tech called the Intel Indoor Location System. And, no, neither drone is available for sale to the public.

Intel built software to program groups of hundreds of these drones that can be operated by a single drone pilot, helping it create intricate moving shapes and logos for festivals, sporting events and movie premieres all over the world.

Each show can take months to plan, needing to coordinate the aerial animations, local permits and on-site preparation. To ensure safety, the drones are programmed with two geofences to protect the audience and with multiple emergency protocols, Cheung said.

Last year brought a breakout for the drone light shows, with the drones turning into windmills and a Ferris wheel at the Coachella music festival, making an appearance at Singapore’s National Day parade and doing an eight-week run at Disney World in Florida — not to mention the Super Bowl.

Intel kicked off 2018 with its new Mini drone and created a 250 Shooting Star drone show that integrated with the Bellagio resort’s famed fountains and ran during CES. Cheung said the drones will also visit the Winter Olympics, and her team plans to find more ways to bring together new features into shows, similar to the Bellagio presentation.

“We’re continuously pushing ourselves,” Cheung said. “I want to show this off everywhere and have the capability for audiences around the world to see what a drone light show is and see a different aspect of how you can merge technology and art together.”

LOS ANGELES, CA. – SolarDrone, established from the laboratory of National Taiwan University, teamed up with experts in photovoltaic and UAV technologies to tackle the enduring problem of drone flight time. The product will be showcased at CES2018 Eureka Startup Marketplace (booth#52105), where some of the newest technology trends are featured.

SolarDrone’s solar-powered quadcopters have been re-designed, re-engineered, and reprogrammed to be able to extend its flight time from less than 30mins to hours. In order to achieve this feat, the team focused on developing a light weight form factor and sufficient power harvested from the solar panels. SolarDrone’s flight time extension not only increases pleasure for recreational drone usage, but also opens up possible new applications in agricultural, security, rescue, and exploration.

Key features:
1. Hours of continuous flight
2. Excellent safety – No gasoline/battery, no explosion
3. Foldable frame and solar module – Easy for transportation and convenience
4. Gimbal stabilized – 4K/HD videos, 16M photos
5. Vertically take-off and landing – No need for runways

“At SolarDrone, we have combined the domain knowledge in the areas of photovoltaics, control, and communications to significantly extend the flight time of drones.” says Dr. Ching-Fuh Lin Founder, SolarDrone. “With this achievement it opens up the unlimited possibilities of what drones can do in the future.”

For more information, visit: http://homepage.ntu.edu.tw/~lincf/index.html

Consumer Electronics Show, LAS VEGAS – January 8, 2018 – Kittyhawk, the market leader in commercial drone operations software, today announced new features to its best-in-class platform. Kittyhawk is adding an automated flight system to their Flight Deck feature set to work in conjunction with its recently released secure live streaming feature.

The new automation features allow operators to plan missions in the Kittyhawk mobile application and then execute the entire flight from takeoff to landing with unlimited waypoints. Like all Kittyhawk features, great care has been taken to create a safe and useful user experience. The app has incorporated safety features to ensure that operators are not able to initiate an automated flight to a place beyond the range of the radio and drone; like trying to launch a mission in California when you’re currently in New York. The Kittyhawk software uses the geolocation of the operator to show only flights that are possible to complete — avoiding potentially expensive and dangerous mistakes.

“Enterprise customers are constantly asking the Kittyhawk platform to do more and more across the entire workflow,”  said Jon Hegranes, Co-Founder and CEO of Kittyhawk. “The addition of automated flights coupled with encrypted live audio and video streaming further validates our industry-leading market share.”

Working in conjunction with select enterprise customers, Kittyhawk’s automated flight system is the perfect compliment to their recently released multi-channel secure live video and  audio streaming feature. For example, a law enforcement customer can set the drone to fly the perimeter of a scene and their entire team can securely access a video feed right from their mobile devices and give audio feedback to the operator in real time. A filmmaker can set a path perfectly parallel to a bridge and get that perfect shot with an absolutely consistent speed and altitude. The opportunities are endless.

“Automated flights are the first step in an exciting roadmap of new features for the enterprise team in 2018. We’ve been working closely with our industry-leading enterprise customers to really understand their challenges and we are excited about the solutions Kittyhawk is delivering to them.” Says Josh Ziering, Co-Founder and Chief Pilot.

These new features join the long list of industry-leading pre-flight, inflight and post-flight features including weather forecasting, risk assessments, flight profiles, live air traffic, secure data encryption, secure domestic cloud storage and much more.

About Kittyhawk

Kittyhawk unifies the mission, aircraft, and data to empower safe and effective drone operations. Based in San Francisco, the company develops real-time flight operations and management solutions for professional pilots and fleet managers across a multitude of missions. Established industry leaders in media, insurance, oil and gas, rail transportation, as well as education, law enforcement, fire and emergency management agencies around the world all rely on Kittyhawk for their end-to-end drone operations. Discover more at https://kittyhawk.io

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Jan. 3, 2018 — Pioneer of underwater technology, GENEINNO will feature in CES Las Vegas 2018. The company will bring its cutting-edge underwater drone camera – Poseidon I, which has helped thousands of snorkelers explore treasures underwater.

Since 2013, GENEINNO has stood out as a company willing to push forward the discovery of the underwater world by incorporating creativity, research and exploration. From intelligent robots to powerful underwater drones, GENEINNO has always given its fans reasons to stay in the game.

At CES 2018, GENEINNO will showcase Poseidon I, presenting its special features to loyal fans and the general public.Among other exciting displays, the company wants to show audiences how modern technology can and will help to make the most use of precious resources underwater.

Furthermore, the new generation of Titan, which comes with 4k camera and 150-meter-depth capacity will astonish the audiences. Six thrusters bring a more powerful impetus. Four thousand LED lights also illuminate the world under the surface of the waterIn addition, TItan has more features which can be discovered live at CES 2018.

The fans who have experienced GENEINNO technology are excited. Many consumers cannot wait to see this ready-to-dive camera in operation. The fact that it is easy to connect with any devices, underwater optimized, and has a full HD camera with 1080p video streaming and recording capability, will amaze the audiences with no doubt.

Among other features, Poseidon has a deep sea exploration capability of 120 meter under the water. Its onboard rechargeable lithium batteries give up to 5 hours of uninterrupted underwater exploration experienceIt can also deliver unprecedented connectivity with Wi-Fi topside units. Poseidon is expandable and easy to upgrade, allowing for more updated add-ons and modules. Its speed is quite high, reaching up to 2 meters per second. For even more advanced connectivity and control, Poseidon comes with a powerful Bluetooth controller. Meanwhile, Poseidon’s sensors enable it to detect and identify the depth and the temperatures underwater. All these amazing features are what a diver eager for when choosing a drone.

Being at CES 2018 in Las Vegas will give consumers an opportunity to experience cutting-edge technology brought by GENEINNO.

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Jan. 3, 2018 — Pioneer of underwater technology, GENEINNO will feature in CES Las Vegas 2018. The company will bring its cutting-edge underwater drone camera – Poseidon I, which has helped thousands of snorkelers explore treasures underwater.

Since 2013, GENEINNO has stood out as a company willing to push forward the discovery of the underwater world by incorporating creativity, research and exploration. From intelligent robots to powerful underwater drones, GENEINNO has always given its fans reasons to stay in the game.

At CES 2018, GENEINNO will showcase Poseidon I, presenting its special features to loyal fans and the general public.Among other exciting displays, the company wants to show audiences how modern technology can and will help to make the most use of precious resources underwater.

Furthermore, the new generation of Titan, which comes with 4k camera and 150-meter-depth capacity will astonish the audiences. Six thrusters bring a more powerful impetus. Four thousand LED lights also illuminate the world under the surface of the waterIn addition, TItan has more features which can be discovered live at CES 2018.

The fans who have experienced GENEINNO technology are excited. Many consumers cannot wait to see this ready-to-dive camera in operation. The fact that it is easy to connect with any devices, underwater optimized, and has a full HD camera with 1080p video streaming and recording capability, will amaze the audiences with no doubt.

Among other features, Poseidon has a deep sea exploration capability of 120 meter under the water. Its onboard rechargeable lithium batteries give up to 5 hours of uninterrupted underwater exploration experienceIt can also deliver unprecedented connectivity with Wi-Fi topside units. Poseidon is expandable and easy to upgrade, allowing for more updated add-ons and modules. Its speed is quite high, reaching up to 2 meters per second. For even more advanced connectivity and control, Poseidon comes with a powerful Bluetooth controller. Meanwhile, Poseidon’s sensors enable it to detect and identify the depth and the temperatures underwater. All these amazing features are what a diver eager for when choosing a drone.

Being at CES 2018 in Las Vegas will give consumers an opportunity to experience cutting-edge technology brought by GENEINNO.

LAS VEGAS, Dec. 29, 2017 – XDynamics is proud to introduce Evolve, the world’s first consumer drone with a patent-awarded dual-screen remote controller and an incredibly advanced Smart Pilot System (SPS). The Evolve will empower users of all kinds with industry-grade features and functionality at their fingertips. XDynamics will showcase its’ high-end consumer drones at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, January 9th through 12th.

Inside the world’s first dual-screen drone controller is our advanced Smart Pilot System (SPS). An album manager to view, organize, sort, rename and caption aerial media files at will. Users can enhance images quickly and easily with filters and effects, then upload straight to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter without having to copy photos from one device to another. The SPS also features an alert center with clear and easy-to-read flight status indicators and flight modes which allow you to take selfies while the drone follows you or create a planned route for the drone to fly unassisted. Path planner selects multiple waypoints by locations, altitudes and directions which allow the Evolve to fly along by itself. The map preloader saves and names locations of interest offline, to view once airborne.

Aerial photography and video with XDynamics Evolve begins at your fingertips. At XDynamics we know that the amount of information we can access during flight leads to greater situational awareness while in the air and a safer flight. Evolve’s dual screens include a 7-inch viewfinder and a 5-inch multi-touch control panel. Both screens are easily visible in bright sunlight with 2 times the brightness of ordinary smartphone screens. A minimalistic approach without compromising function can be seen in the foldable dual-screen, with a button and stick layout that keep ergonomics in mind. Flight is intuitive drawing inspiration from game consoles and high-end controllers.

The hardware inside the dual-screen remote to support these features and functionality include a 64-bit quad-core CPU, a dedicated GPU, 4GB DDR3 RAM and Android OS. The Evolve comes with a GPS module, Inertial Measurement Unit sensors, Micro-SD card slot, USB port and micro video-out port. These allow for add-ons including additional storage, FPV goggles and VR headsets.

The Evolve delivers incredible wireless live view performance with 1080p high definition video at 60fps and transmission latency below 10 milliseconds. With zero latency transmission, filmmakers can monitor framing and composition in real-time and never miss a critical shot. It is ideal for commercial, TV and film production, infrastructure inspection and other applications that require delay-free control of the aerial camera.

XDynamics’ Evolve is a quadcopter with a monocoque design constructed of carbon fiber. We integrated the body and the chassis into a single carbon fiber unit. In addition to a premium touch and feel, it provides better resistance to impact, stronger structural stability, improved flight dynamics and is stronger and lighter than competing materials.

Our camera system is equipped with 21mm f/2.8 lens, Sony CMOS image sensor, effective pixels of 12.4M and supported by a 3-axis gimbal stabilizer. With this, the Evolve records smooth high resolution 4K video at 24fps, 2.7K at 60fps, 1080p at 120fps and 720p at 240fps. It supports RAW image file output (DNG format) and records video at 60Mbit/s.

In addition to the 4K camera, the universal mount supports a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera and panoramic camera, respectively supported by their own 3-axis gimbals. Set-up time for the additional cameras is less than 3 seconds without tools thanks to the patented quick release gimbal adapter.

Evolve’s ultra precise positioning system combines algorithms and a comprehensive suite of positioning tools. A GNSS module along with advanced optical flow and LiDAR sensors receive data from satellites around the world to develop multi-spectrum images. The Evolve provides better position tracking capabilities with higher precision than drones with ultrasonic and regular visual sensors.

XDynamics’ Evolve with 4K camera will be available in Q1 2018. It will make its official debut at CES 2018 in Booth MP25655 in South Hall 2 in the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). Both the mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera and panoramic camera will be available in Q3 2018.

Don’t hesitate to book a meeting with us at CES 2018. Send an email to XDynamics (pr@xdynamics.com) or submit a request at XDynamics.com, and we will get back to you to find a suitable time.

Contact

Lane Walcoff, Sales Manager
lane.walcoff@xdynamics.com
pr@xdynamics.com

XDynamics designs, develops, manufactures and markets high-end drone products for consumers and professionals. The company is committed to empower users with freedom and autonomy through drone technology, unleashing unlimited creativity in aerial videography and spatial data collection.

Each year, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas brings together the world’s greatest innovators and dreamers from across the consumer technology spectrum. And 2018 will mark the third year in a row that Hong Kong’s XDynamics will be making an appearance. The company will be located at booth #26427, at the heart the drone section.

It’s been a busy year for XDynamics: The company has not only been working on developing four specific drone platforms, but has also cooperated with Maxim’s, a local food and beverage industry leader, to bring drone delivery another step closer to reality with a successful delivery trail in Hong Kong Science Park earlier this year. In a year marked by accomplishments and bold innovation, XDynamics will arrive at CES with the firm intention to make an impression in the competitive drone industry.

After testing and optimization, the Evolve carbon fiber quadcopter has arrived. It’s the world’s first consumer drone equipped with a dual screen controller. The focus in the last few months has been to create a rich and immersive user experience without sacrificing safety. Evolve is scheduled to hit the shelves later this quarter, and XDynamics will be taking pre-orders for the first time during CES.

Other highlights at CES will include a demonstration of the flying ability of the D-02, XDynamics’ next-generation aerial platform for professional drone cinematography and industrial applications. The company will also unveil its next two industrial products, the G1 and F1.

All XDynamics drones are made of carbon fiber, and each is equipped with not only the company’s trademark dual screen controller, but also with Amimon’s “zero latency” wireless broadcasting technology. Together these make flying more simple, enjoyable and safe.

After two years of intense product development, XDynamics aims to show everyone at CES they’re a force to be reckoned with in the drone industry. To book a meeting with the XDynamics team at CES, email enquiries@xdynamics.com. The company will also be available for meetings in the days leading up to CES, from January 5 to 8.

XDynamics expects 2018 to be a pivotal year for its long-term success. The company has selected Irvine, California as the home of its first U.S. office which opened earlier this year.

About XDynamics

Founded in 2015 and headquartered in Hong Kong, XDynamics designs, develops, manufactures and markets high-end drone products for consumers and professionals. Its development team consists of industry-leading experts from Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia, Hong Kong and mainland China with several decades of experience in aerial robotics, aerodynamics, flight control algorithms, computer vision and imaging technology. XDynamics is committed to empower users with freedom and autonomy through drone technology, unleashing unlimited creativity in aerial videography and spatial data collection.

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