This week. I got four topics. The first one is. We have new production photos from the dji mavic 3 that get leaked and we’ll talk about those there’s. A new paired drone we’ll talk about that as well. There is a new software from skydo it’s called 3d scan and it’s, actually pretty impressive, so we’ll talk about what that does and then. Lastly, we’ll talk about two people that get prison time for trying to smuggle something contraband into a prison using drones. So let’s get to it Music and the first story this week is two new drones that just came out this week from two different companies. We’Ve talked about one in the past, the mavic 3. We have new images that are coming out from the production. These are actual images. We also have a parrot that came with a new drone, a paired nfe, ai and that’s, a really interesting concept, because this is kind of a novel idea that we haven’t seen before so who better to join us on the show to talk about these new drones Than haya from drone excel so hiya welcome to the show again, thank you for having me greg good morning. How are you today, i’m sure you’ve been busy this morning, because these images just popped out this morning from the mavic 3, so um? What did we find out? Yeah it’s it’s, interesting, because these images were sent to us uh this morning straight from china and they’re well ahead of us in terms of uh the time difference, so we have to have to get up early and get these ready they’re.
Basically, images that show the body shell of the mavic 3 drone and, as you can see, they match up with the earlier images and sketches that we were able to publish in the previous months. A couple of things stand out. If you look at that second image, you see that at the front of the drone there are two big holes in the body work which obviously are going to be for forward facing obstacle avoidance, centers sensors. Now we know from the mavic air 2s that those are double right. We have two that face more upwards and two. They face more forward uh, as you can see on this drone, they face forward and outwards slightly. We suspect that the the piece that kind of clicks on the on the front of this body frame might also be tilted upwards slightly. So we might see just two obstacle: avoidance sensors at the front, but positioned in a way that they have a wider field of view, both horizontally and vertically, which would make a lot of sense. Because, then, you have better obstacle avoidance when you fly at higher speeds and that’s, something that the dji pioneered with the air 2s. We would not be surprised to see that same concept and that same capability carry over to the mavic 3., and also we see that the the battery compartment is completely different than what we’ve seen before we used to have a clip. On top for most of the mavic series uh now it looks like more like a mini 2 design, maybe with the battery sliding in the back yeah, it seems that dji is favoring, that design we’re, not exactly sure why.
But i guess it’s it’s, just more practical in terms of how they design the drone and how much of the the internals you can fit in a small space, it’s, more aerodynamic uh. It seems to be that the battery this time is slightly bigger than what we’ve seen before so we’re, expecting the mavic 3 to have a superior flight time and battery life compared to the mavic 2 pro and zoom, but yeah it slides and clicks. In from the back, i guess that’s going to be the the new design going forward that we’ll probably see on all future dji drones in the in the mavic range. If you will that’s also what we see on other drones like the um, the hotel drone, where you know you slide the battery in the back so that’s kind of interesting, i see there’s also an opening on top of the sensors. It almost looks like maybe they’re, going to put lights like knight rider on top. Is this for airflow? You think that it’ll haul yeah, i think so i mean uh. We expect the mavic 3 to be able to produce much better quality in terms of video recordings and also still images uh with that, of course, comes. The increase in processing capacity and those processors run hot. So you need to have a good airflow to cool them down this air scoop. I imagine is mainly intended to make sure that the internal components don’t overheat and that you are able to keep flying and keep recording in 4k or maybe 6 or 8k, and no indication on the camera from these pictures right.
No, we haven’t no not from these pictures, as you can see the the location at the front where you would typically expect the gimbal and the camera there’s nothing here to show in these photos. Unfortunately, there are still stories flying around about getting possibly a camera with interchangeable lenses. I know that a lot of people, including myself, would would be very, very interested in something like that. Alternatively, i wouldn’t be surprised if we see a faster zoom lens, so let’s say the mavic 2 zoom, but then with a better lens, with a also a larger sensor, so that you maybe get the best of both worlds and not have to interchange lenses. That seems like more of the the mavic like approach where you have a single drone. That, basically, is, is almost perfect for any kind of circumstances, at least for most consumer and prosumer drone pilots, interchangeable lenses, i guess, changes the whole the whole um idea and concept of the drone, and even though a lot of people would like that, i think overall Speaking that’s, probably a much smaller part of the dji target audience. So i think, if anything, i would expect it to be a fast zoom lens which hopefully comes with a wider zoom range than what we’ve seen on the the dji to zoom and if that’s the case, i would still be very excited. To be honest, you know i had an interesting thought that you mentioned all of this, because you and i have discussed this at length in the past in podcast and off the air.
You know we talked about how the manufacturers are making their. It looks like they’re kind of concentrating, especially dji. You know going from the phantom platform to the inspire platform down to pretty much the mavic and then making the mavic kind of the platform for everything. And i was listening to randall uh juanas from um for the new ceo of hotel and we had him on the show you and i and kara – and he had mentioned something during our show – and he mentioned something during another interview that i listened to from original Dobo and he had said that he said what’s the difference between a consumer drone and a professional drone, and the answer is the payload. You know the the. What what you you carry and the camera that you put on is the really the difference. So the drone in itself could be the same drone, but then changing the lenses and changing the payload and that’s kind of what hotel has been doing with their drones and it’s kind of interesting. That you mentioned this with the interchangeable lenses. And maybe this is where we’re going having one platform and you can do whatever you want with it by changing the the payload on top of it. I think this is an amazing idea. Quite frankly makes it a lot cheaper to just buy a payload rather than buy a brand new drone yeah. I think that would make a lot of sense and in a way, we’ve seen that with the mavic 2 pro and the mavic 2 zoom, i mean it.
Wasn’T, it wasn’t done in a way that the average consumer would be able to easily swap payloads out, but you could swap them out if you wanted to and there’s been videos that basically talked you through the different steps of how to achieve that. I think it would make a lot of sense for dji to come out with a mavic 3 that would have different payloads, where, as you become more professional and the needs for for different lenses and different cameras, come up that you would still be able to fly. The same drone, i think that would perfectly fit into dji’s overall marketing approach. If you will going back to what you said about the phantom, i think the mavic has been so popular because it’s, a foldable and compact drone, and i think what a lot of people fly drones still appreciate. A lot is to be able to carry the drone in the backpack travel. Go places go to places where you want to take those amazing photos and videos and then have a drone, that’s that’s easy to take along with you and uh, as as great as a drone. The phantom 4 has been, and it’s been really good for certain applications, but in general i think a lot of people had a problem with is that it came in a big suitcase. The batteries are big and heavy. The drone is bulky, it’s not easy to travel with, and i think that’s, where the mavic has always won out, basically so to now come to a mavic 3 that is still foldable and light and and somewhat compact and easy to travel with, but gets you uh Let’S say the video and photo quality better than what you would expect from a phantom 4 uh would be a breakthrough and if, if it even comes with interchangeable payloads, then yeah we’re, then we’re in a whole new level.
Yeah we’ve predicted on on the show before the the depth of the phantom series to be replaced by the mavic, so i think this this might be it um. So i think the question on everybody’s mind has been for a long time when, when are we going to see this drone? What do you think we’re still hearing late august early september, we haven’t had a firm date. The mavic 2 series were originally planned for mid july and then got delayed because of the whole video issue that they had and was launched. I believe, late august, so it would be in line um. I i’d be super excited to see this drone come to market at the end of the summer. I hope there’s not going to be any delay or anything other crazy going on that would delay this drone from being introduced. Uh late summer and uh i’ll have my wallet ready so to speak. Well, you, you know you’re getting one uh, the uh, the the other piece of news. This week was uh parrot. The french company released a new drone as well. It’S called the anafi ai and looking at the images we’re playing them in the background right now, a very, very different design from what we’ve seen from anybody else, which is really interesting. Uh. The the big selling point for this drone, apparently is the fact that it’s a 4g drone, which means that you will be able to control this using a 4g connection, and this is kind of novel uh in in the industry at the moment.
What what else have you found about this drone and what else is kind of uh well cutting edge new, something that we haven’t seen before yeah uh, henry sudou, the ceo of barrett is always even with the launch of the original parrot. He was very focused on imitating uh design features if you will from insects, so that’s, that’s kind of where the design comes from. Even with this parrot and afi ai, which stands for artificial intelligence. By the way i don’t know i mean on paper, it looks really good and it has some really unique features, and we can talk about that in more detail. For sure, i think the real question is going to be, how will it actually fly and how will this operate in a real world in in real life circumstances and if it’s, if it’s as good as it sounds on paper, then this might actually be quite an Amazing drone uh. It definitely has some brown groundbreaking stuff going on with the 4g connectivity that’s new. However, the original paratanaphi was presented also with a lot of fanfare, but in reality it turned out to be kind of flimsy and plasticky and not as robust. I think, as a lot of people would would expect the drone to be especially when we’re talking about drones that are being used repeatedly in commercial environments. Now we’re talking about people who might be inspecting cell towers, transmission, towers pipelines, people might be using gloves because they’re in colder conditions, so the the expectations and the requirements that you need for a commercial drone are quite a bit higher.
It needs to be quite a bit more robust, it’s, going to be flown a lot more there’s, probably more things that are going to happen to it. Whether it’s high winds, dust, rain, uh, you name it and um. I think that’s, where we’ll have to wait and see how good this drone really is. Um going back to the 4g connectivity that’s that’s awesome, because basically it would allow you to have an unlimited range. As long as there is a 4g network in place now, of course, you’re not allowed to fly beyond visual line of sight, so there’s there’s restrictions there. Maybe at some points in certain scenarios, people will be able to fly drones beyond visual line of sight, think of first responders, but also people that do disaster response or inspections in those kind of scenarios having a 4g drone would of course be beneficial. The question is: what happens when you don’t have a 4g network. In that case it defaults back to wi fi and we don’t know what the wi fi range will be. I mean the original parrot and nafi had a very limited wi fi range. I think they set a couple of miles on paper, but in reality it turned out. It turned out to be half a mile to maybe a mile, which is not always sufficient. In this case, you might wonder if you fly on 4g and especially when you get behind another structure. If you fly beyond visual line of sight, but now you lose your 4g network.
Will you still be in range of wi fi and, if not, does that drone automatically come back or what happens so there’s there’s a lot of questions still um that need to be answered, and i think we’ll have to wait to see when actual professional drone pilots Get their hands on these drones and and fly them in different circumstances, uh to see what they tell us at that point, and and what about the specs? The the specs looked like a 4k camera 60 kind of what we’ve seen before anything noticeable in the specs um yeah. They say: uh a 48 megapixel uh half inch quad bayer sensor, and the benefit would be that this sensor has such a high resolution. That parrot claims that you can fly one and a half times higher and still get photos that have the same quality as if you had a one inch 20 megapixel sensor. Now that might be true in theory. This would allow you to fly higher. So you cover more ground, so you can cover a project faster we’re talking about photogrammetry and grammatory and 3d modeling. Here specifically, however, what we’ve seen with high res sensors that are smaller is that they’re much more sensitive to having enough light. So in worse lighting conditions, let’s, say there’s, overcast or it’s later in the day, then this might not work be, and this might not work as efficient, but maybe on a sunny day. This actually is a benefit, and it will allow you to to get your your missions completed faster um.
It has a 24 mil, go ad yeah let’s talk about this, because i think this is interesting uh. So it is a 48 megapixel it’s, not a 12 megapixel that does 48 megapixel uh photos like we’ve seen before is. Is that the way you understand it that’s the way? I understand it. Yes, i don’t think there’s any trick or trickery going on with this one. Um but we’ll have to see yeah 48 megapixel and a half inch sensor, that’s a ton of of that’s. The the pixel density is huge, so yeah low light condition is going to be it’s going to be noisy it’s going to get hot, pretty fast, uh that’s that’s going to be interesting. Okay, so sorry, could you off what was the other, the other stuff? No, what i was going to say is we’ve seen the same thing. What was it with the dji um mavic air 2, where you were able to quadruple? Basically, the resolution as well and it did go at the expense of of noise, so your noise increases, especially in low light conditions, which is understandable because you have such a high resolution on still the same size sensor. So what again this is. It sounds great on paper. The question is, how is it in real life um? What i was going to say? Next, it is a 24 mil lens. It has a fixed, f, 2.0 aperture and a 73 degree field of view, which is all fine.
They have three axis mechanical gimbal and a three axis electronic gimbal stabilization, so you should be able to get really smooth video footage with this drone and if that’s the case, of course, that would be awesome in true parrot anavi fashion. Your gimbal is able to point downwards: 90 degrees and upwards 90 degrees again a unique feature. If you’re inspecting bridges you’re flying underneath the bridge, you can look straight up and get a clear vision of the structure, so that’s definitely an advantage 4k. Video 60 frames per second and high dynamic range 10 camera. So in theory again, you should be able to deal with low light conditions depending on how well the hdr component works uh for this drone yep and no pricing at the moment and no real release date. Other than sometimes in the next six months, i think no, the only things that we haven’t discussed really is uh two times: digital lossless zoom in 4k, uh 32 minute flight time 34 miles per hour, and the drone weighs slightly less than two pounds. So all that stuff is good. They say to expect this drone in the second half of this year. We don’t know if this drone is going to qualify as a blue suvs drone, i mean the way they position it. You would think that that’s something parrot would want to achieve. We haven’t heard anything about that. It’S it’s a drone that’s really meant for the commercial market and if you remember, i think it was a year and a half, maybe two years ago that that parrot mentioned that they were gon na move away from consumer products and consumer drones and really not not Focus on that anymore, second, half of this year, sometime in the fall, i would expect this drone to be quite expensive to be honest, uh it’s, a commercial product.
We know that prices are already higher in that in that segment. If they aim for blue suis, those drones tend to be even more expensive. So i don’t think this drone is going to be cheap by any means yeah, i agree yeah. It will be interesting. It’Ll be interesting to see also if they stick with a production schedule and and release dates. Well, i think this is all the time we have this week, but hi as always. Thank you so much for bringing all of this information and then we’re going to move on to our next segment this week, thanks hayah yeah. Thank you greg. The second story this week is schedule is releasing their new software called 3d scan. Now they had this big video on youtube. It was kind of like an apple product release an apple keynote if you’ve ever watched one of these, where the ceo talks and then sends it to other people in the room that worked on the project, they kind of explained the whole thing. The bottom line is this: this software is designed for the schedule two, it looks like and i’m sure, maybe their other platform as well, and the idea with the software is that you can kind of box the drone into a virtual box and then have the drone Fly inside of that box to scan an object and then create a 3d scan out of it. Hence the name 3d scan right and it was actually pretty cool for them to kind of show how you set up the ground.
You set up the ceiling, you set up all corners of your virtual box and then you let the drone kind of fly inside of that box and it captures all different pictures and all different angles in order to create that model. So with that being said, the the software is available for about 29.99 looks like per aircraft per year, it’s designed to create photogrammetry scans and of building accident, scenes, uh bridges, and you name it and a bunch of other things so really interesting technology. The results were pretty cool if you want to see the video we’ll put it down in here and then you’ll get a better idea of kind of what that looks like the next thing this week is two men get sentenced to 12 months in prison after they Admitted that they were planning on using a drone to smuggle contraband into a georgia state prison. Now this is really interesting, and i think this might be the first of its kind, and maybe there are others but i’m, not aware of them. They were sentenced after they pleaded guilty to owning an unregistered aircraft and they were planning to operate or attempted to operate that’s. What the kind of this is the the language that came from the justices.gov website, so they were, they played guilty for operating, attempting to operate or allowed to operate by another person. I thought that was a really interesting charge and um and they played guilty.
The second person looks like their brothers, 25 and 27 years old in georgia. The the other person was sentenced to 12 months in prison in in federal prison after pleading guilty to serving or attempting to serve as an airman without an airman certificate. So it doesn’t. Even look like there’s anything related to the contraband in itself, it looks like it was all about operating the aircraft or or attempting to operate the aircraft uh. I find it very interesting. Let me know what you think in the comment about this story: it’s kind of a bizarre thing, i’ll put a link down as well to the justice.gov website, where you can find more information about the story, all right, one more thing this week, flight fest, is right Around the corners, our friends at flight test have this event july 15 to the 18th it’s, a big party for anything that flies and anything that flies with remote control, there’s camping available. They have concerts, they have food, they have you name it. You want to fly rc planes. You want to fly quadcopters or or multi copters head over there, it’s in ohio, it’s, uh, it’s it’s several days of fun. Unfortunately, i won’t be able to attend this week and i’m kind of sad about it, but next year i definitely will be there flying all sorts of things. So if you want more information, take a look at their website flightfest.com all right. This is it for this week like subscribe, comment.
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