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Blu drone folds up to go in your pocket

Blu drone folds up to go in yo...
A rendering of the Blu in action
A rendering of the Blu in action
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The Blu is said to be the size of a "thick smartphone" when folded
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The Blu is said to be the size of a "thick smartphone" when folded
The Blu features an HD camera that records 1080p/60fps video and 12-megapixel stills on a 4GB MicroSD card
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The Blu features an HD camera that records 1080p/60fps video and 12-megapixel stills on a 4GB MicroSD card
The Blu has some button controls on the aircraft itself
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The Blu has some button controls on the aircraft itself
The Blu, folded down
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The Blu, folded down
One of the Blu's folding propellers
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One of the Blu's folding propellers
The Blu has a flight time of about 15 minutes
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The Blu has a flight time of about 15 minutes
A rendering of the Blu in action
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A rendering of the Blu in action

While there are already some truly tiny consumer drones out there, their protruding propellers still make them difficult to stuff into one’s pocket. AeriCam had been developing a model called the Anura, which featured props that folded into its sides – as a result, the whole aircraft became a pocketable rectangle. While we haven’t heard much about that one lately, Droidworx is now promising something similar in the form of its Blu quadcopter.

Like the Anura, the Blu features propellers that can be folded flat, along with prop arms that are in turn folded into the copter’s rectangular carbon fiber body when not in use. If you’ve got a big enough pocket, it could then be slid in there.

Some of its other features include an HD camera that records 1080p/60fps video and 12-megapixel stills on a 4GB MicroSD card, a low-res camera that streams video to the user’s mobile device, a GPS navigation/position-holding system, plus a combo of ultrasound and infrared rangefinders that reportedly allow it to avoid obstacles while flying autonomously.

The Blu is said to be the size of a "thick smartphone" when folded
The Blu is said to be the size of a "thick smartphone" when folded

Those autonomous flight modes include the abilities to follow a path of preprogrammed GPS waypoints, to automatically fly back to its starting point if it loses contact with its user or has a low battery, and to follow along above its moving user while tracking the signal of their mobile device (the Follow Me mode used by various other drones). In the case of the latter, users can adjust the distance at which it follows, plus they can opt to wear a Bluetooth bracelet if they don’t want to carry their smartphone with them while skiing, cycling, etc.

The aircraft can also be piloted manually, using a paired iOS or Android mobile device. One charge of the drone’s 1,000-mAh battery should be goof for about 15 minutes of flight time.

Droidworx is now taking preorders for the Blu, which is priced at US$499. Delivery is expected in the second week of October.

Source: Blu

4 comments
iperov
video is 3d render fake. Preorder just send money without gaurantees. :-\
tjf
Shipping in October seems rather preposterous, given that they can't show a single real shot of a prototype. Questionable reporting Gizmag.
Stephen N Russell
Must for mapping, surveys & for Search & Rescue alone Or for Rescue by users. Mass produce
icykel
Just when some degree of mosquitos control is looking promising these gnats appear.