The PowerVision PowerEgg might be launching a revolution in drone design. Just as the iPod and the iPhone surpassed their competition with sleek design and easy-to-use features, the PowerEgg takes the blades of a quadcopter and tucks them into an unbroken, smooth white shell.
The drone has an impressive flight time of 23 minutes, clocking up to 13m per second, shooting 360° at 4K and transmitting from up to 5km away. It also comes with autonomous features such as waypoint setting and auto-return to base. And, folding up into a sleek white shell, it certainly looks unique. Check out our gallery here.
The PowerEgg costs £1,290 (or $1,288) making it somewhat expensive for consumers but mid-range for pros, and putting it into a similar league as the DJI Phantom 4 – which of course also sports a 4K camera. However, the PowerEgg doesn’t just look unique. “The key differentiator is portability and ease of use,” explains CEO Wally Zhang. Indeed, as well as being a unit you can comfortably carry in a rucksack, it claims to be “the world’s most intuitive camera drone.” As well as a traditional control pad, the drone comes with a one-handed motion controller – which looks very similar to the Wii nunchuk – allowing the user to gesture controller the device while simultaneously controlling the 360° camera gimbal. The team claim that people can be happily flying within 60 seconds of picking up the controllers.
“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 Huber Hu, CEO of PowerVision Europe
The design of the PowerEgg is apparently inspired by natural shapes, and the works of Leonardo da Vinci, sketching out natural and mechanical shapes, and combining art and technology. The dream is for the arms and the legs of the PowerEgg to be fully automated, opening and closing on command, like a Transformer. For now, the user opens the blades and feet, before the feet are retracted during takeoff, saving crucial weight on the unit – where every extra gram of weight added reduces flight time.
However, if a mechanical pearl white egg with extending legs seems at all familiar, rather than R2-D2, you might be thinking of the turrets from Portal.
They even had their own song. PowerVision are planning a host of upgrades, going smaller and lighter, and including LEDs fixed to the PowerEgg, to allow for light displays – so we can only hope that the PowerEgg gets its own chorus soon.
PowerVision have been in business since 2009, and already have the PowerQuad and PowerQuad II, the PowerCopter and the PowerSeeker under their belt. However, the PowerEgg is their first release aimed squarely at the consumer market – could it be the DJI beating iDrone?
The PowerEgg is expected to ship by mid-October. Check out our gallery of pictures of the PowerEgg here.
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