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At Last, Flying a Drone Indoors May Be Stress-free

At Last, Flying a Drone Indoors May Be Stress-free

Flying a drone indoors has always been challenging and difficult due to the lack of GPS signals, but now DJI has stepped up the game with its vision positioning system. Latest Drone Technology Provides Maximum Stability The vision positioning system is available in both of DJI’s most recent drone offerings, the Inspire 1 and the

Flying a drone indoors has always been challenging and difficult due to the lack of GPS signals, but now DJI has stepped up the game with its vision positioning system.

Latest Drone Technology Provides Maximum Stability

The vision positioning system is available in both of DJI’s most recent drone offerings, the Inspire 1 and the Phantom 3. Aerial photographers are particularly loving this feature as it provides them with the ability to concentrate on framing their indoor shots without having to worry about controlling the drone at the same time. This technology is already being put to use in the entertainment industry and by big-name fliers such as the MythBusters team (pictured above) to capture indoor aerial shots.

A camera and two distance sensors are used to scan the area below the drone to identify the ground and any objects. The system then uses this data to navigate in the fixed indoor environment. This also makes position-hold indoors a possibility, which is a bonus for indoor aerial photography.

None of the other drone manufacturers have currently implemented such comprehensive technology into their designs. The closest alternative to DJI’s vision positioning system is the distance sensor located in Parrot’s AR Drone 2.0. This sensor allows the AR Drone to land in indoor environments, but navigation is still not a possibility.

Even though the vision positioning system is extremely versatile, it does have several limitations, such as the need for the area to be brightly illuminated. Also, flying over reflective and repetitive surfaces leads to reduced performance.

It is heartening to see that companies are making efforts to better integrate drones with indoor environments. This will surely lead to more drones performing tasks such as indoor inspections of buildings, something that is currently limited to outdoor environments.

What do you think? Will flying a drone indoors be a useful feature? Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below!

Image via Twitter: MythBusters

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