Category Archives: Education

New ‘Drone Prix’ App Built from DJI Software Development Kit

Edgybees, an Augmented Reality (AR) technology company, has launched a new AR mobile application that is compatible with DJI drones.

Developed using DJI’s software development kit (SDK), the “Drone Prix” is the first-ever AR mobile app created specifically for DJI’s aerial platforms, according to the companies, which add that the goal is to help new drone pilots master their skills in a “fun, safe and immersive way.”

During the game, users fly a drone through a virtual obstacle course and collect prizes. They can compete for the best performance, points and time for a place in the high-score leaderboard with other drone pilots around the world.

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The Difference Between 3D Modeling and 3D Mapping Explained

If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between 3D modeling and 3D mapping, you’re not alone.  There is some overlap between the two in technology and solutions.  We asked the experts at Pix4D to explain the difference.

Pix4D is one of the leading providers of photogrammetry solutions for drones, creating both 2D and 3D information from images.  Dr. Christoph Strecha, Pix4D’s founder and CEO, says that the difference is in how the data is used.  “There is no difference scientifically,” explains Strecha.  “A map is really 2D, something flat – but with modeling, the result is not a 2D map but a triangulated model where you can also see facades.”

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Be careful out there. Drone battery pack likely caused house fire

A battery pack to a drone likely caused a fire in Milton which destroyed a home Saturday night, Acting Battalion Chief Marc Lash said in press release.

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Lash said a drone battery pack was charging in a bedroom at the back of the house. He believes it sparked and set the house on fire.

“That’s the second drone-related fire we’ve had in the past couple of months,” he noted.

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One of the biggest drawbacks of drones? Short battery life.Inexpensive beginner drones often can only fly for about 7 minutes, while high-end models like DJI’s line of premium quadcopters have an average flight time of about 25 minutes.

But for drone pilots who capture aerial photos and videos for weddings, agricultural data collection, large building inspections and other purposes, even 25 minutes will seem too short.

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