Meet ROVA, the new Selfie Drone

For quite some time drones top the wishlists of geeks around the globe. But a good drone still costs a lot of hay. An AirDog only flies your way after you left $1,600 at the counter. A GoPro Karma with Hero5 costs you at least $1,100. But there is help on its way for those of you only looking for a new selfie dimension. Meet ROVA :) This flying selfie camera will capture your perfect selfie with a 12MP camera plus inbuilt flash light. And yes, it can capture a 1080p video at 60 frames per second, including electronic and mechanical stabilization.
ROVA lets you fly confidently with inbuilt obstacle avoidance and enclosed propellers. Flight time: 16 minutes. Each of the two batteries comes with 8 minutes of flight. Share your memories at the touch of a button to your social media, or use the included 16GB Micro SD card to capture some fun. Current Amazon price for a new ROVA: $300. That’s kind of oookeee.

 

With its compact design and portable carry case, ROVA will be there no matter the adventure :)

Manned drone: Volocopter VC200

manned drone: Volocopter VC200
Manned drone: Volocopter VC200 Photo: Foto and Copyright e-volo, Nikolay Kazakov

In November 2016, e-volo CEO Alexander Zosel volunteered as passenger for the first manned drone flight conducted at an airfield in Karlsruhe, Germany. The drone did look a bit funny. But make no mistake. Commuting to office with drones -we will get there sooner as you might think.

The Volocopter VC200 is a twin-seat, 18-motor, all-electric drone made by e-volo. The heli is intended to be used as a new type of urban transportation platform. VC200 completed its maiden flight without problems. VC200 can reach a maximum speed of impressive 100km/h. It can take-off with a max. weight of 450kg.

VC200 is the second in a series of multi-rotor designs that received permission from the German aviation authorities to fly as an aircraft in 2016. This amazing helicopter is constructed using a light-weight fibre. It is a vertical take-off and landing platform. The design might serve as the base for developing manned drones.

The airframe is fitted with a number of independently-driven rotors providing necessary thrust and buoyancy. Each rotor hub houses a propeller. 18 electric motors generate less noise and achieve zero emissions through replaceable energy sources. Its maintenance cost should be reasonably low because VC200 features no mechanical control parts. The bearings of the electric motors and rotors also run with no wear and tear. The motors are powered by nine independent rechargeable batteries. Each electric rotor generates approx. 2kW of power.

Drawing a parallel: The evolution of Mercedes Benz since 1886
In July 1886, mechanical engineer Karl Benz drove the first automobile in Mannheim, Germany, reaching a top speed of 15 km/h. The vehicle looked a bit funny but it incorporated elements that would characterize the modern vehicle, including electrical ignition, differential, mechanical valves, carburetor, oil and grease cups for lubrication, and a braking system. In 1913 the first Benz 16/40PS enters the market.

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