This PowerEgg drone looks like it came from ‘Portal’
If you have played ‘Portal,’ the popular puzzle game from Valve Software, then you know Chell has encountered many turrets that share the same design as the PowerEgg. The device is the first consumer drone developed by PowerVision Technology Group, a company with a long-history in robotics and big data technologies. The new drone is available for global pre-order, and it comes with a few terrific features.
The name PowerEgg is a nod to the unique egg-shaped robotic design, the device also features the industry’s first gesture recognition remote control according to the company. The PowerEgg global pre-orders are now being taken at the PowerVision Online Store (link below) with shipping scheduled in mid-October 2016. Pre-order customers will receive a PowerEgg backpack which the companys states is valued at more than $200.
You won’t need much to get flying right away, the company states the device can fly right out of the box. The gesture-based one-handed drone controller is named the PowerEgg Maestro, which allows you to takeoff and land with the push of a button. The device was designed so that so that anyone could fly PowerEgg, with very little instruction or preparation.
The one-handed remote has motion sensing capabilities, allowing the user to interact with and manipulate the drone in flight via gesture recognition through advanced, integrated accelerometers and gyroscopes. Users can control up-down, left-right, and near-far motions, all with the remote.
PowerVision separated the flight processor and base station from within PowerEgg Maestro to enable its one-handed gesture-based capability. This allows for future PowerEgg and potentially third party controller and upgrade options. For users that require enhanced control, PowerEgg also comes with a traditional two-handed remote control.
“As an established innovator in the commercial drone industry, our goal was to take PowerVision’s technology expertise and package it in a form factor that everyone interested in flying a drone could relate with and enjoy immediately,” said Wally Zheng, Founder & Global CEO of PowerVision Technology Group. “We designed PowerEgg to be the consumer drone for everyone. It’s sleek, compact and portable but also easy to operate, making it simple for anyone to launch and capture special momentson camera.”
The device also offers long distance real-time video transmission up to five kilometers (approximately 3.1 miles), and is equipped with HD video transmission and has a maximum flight time of approximately 23 minutes. With its optical positioning system, PowerEgg can fly indoors, low to the ground and in GPS-free areas. PowerEgg’s visual and ultrasonic sensors scan the ground beneath it for patterns, enabling it to identify its position and move accurately according to the company.
PowerEgg’s integrated 4K UHD camera can produce professional-grade photographs and videos with panoramic 360 degree views on a 3-axis gimbal, delivering stabilized aerial views with an immersive “spherical” experience.
In addition, PowerEgg’s flight software includes multiple automated flight modes that let the user easily frame their shots while the PowerEgg automatically manages its flight path. These PowerModes include Follow Me, Orbit, WayPoint, and Selfie mode, and are easily accessed through the iOS or Android user interface.
“With the power to enhance anyone’s lifestyle, PowerEgg is truly revolutionary. For the first time a consumer drone delivers three key elements: stunning design, powerful features and operational simplicity,” said Chih-Che Tsai, CEO of PowerVision Robot Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of PowerVision Technology Group. “Ideal for family fun or for professional use, PowerEgg is a one-of-a-kind flying camera for capturing special moments, unique experiences and your greatest adventures.”
Learn more at store.powervision.me