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Drone Inventions We're Thankful For

With Veterans day behind us and Thanksgiving coming near, thankfulness is in the air. Drones too can contribute to this feeling of thankfulness and this article will highlight some of the best drones which can save people’s lives, improve day to day life, and even help our veterans in the field. With drone technology constantly evolving and growing into different aspects of people’s lives, there is always a drone invention to be thankful for.

 

Ambulance Drone

One of the best drone inventions backed by a creator who desires to change the world and save lives is Alec Momont’s Ambulance-Drone “Dronesforgood”. This drone packs a fully functional AED and is able to autonomously fly miles to the spot where the AED is needed. It is easily dispatched by the emergency dispatcher and is projected to get there minutes before the first responders. This is important when each minute decreases chance of survival by 10%. These drones on average could potentially increase the chance of survival from 8% to 80%! These drones can reach a top speed of 60MPH as well as having live feed to the dispatcher. Sound familiar? The drone is autonomous and the onboard defibrillator can be controlled by the dispatcher. This drone is the next step in first responder technology and definitely a drone invention to be thankful for. Want a drone of your own? Who knows? you could be the next drone first responder! Check out the UDI U45W Blue Jay here!

Lifeguard Drone

The greatest obstacle to rescuing a drowning swimmer? Time, according to the German Lifeguard Association. Because most beaches don’t have motorized vehicles to reach struggling swimmers, lifeguards often have to resort to swimming. While small pools aren’t an issue, lakes and oceans can pose a greater risk to a drowning swimmer because it may take the lifeguard minutes to swim and reach them. That is where MicroDrones Lifeguard Drone comes in. By holding two “RESTUBEs” underneath the drone body, a lifeguard drone pilot is able to fly a drone out and drop a self inflating tube within a matter of seconds. While these wouldn’t completely replace traditional lifeguards, this gives them more time to respond to the swimmer as well as calm the swimmer down to put the lifeguards own life less at risk. With similar models like this currently in development lifeguard drones may be as common as sunscreen at beaches across the world. Want to start training for the life guarding job of your dreams? Get started by buying your own drone today! Check out the UDI U818A FPV drone here for an amazing drone to get you flying!

 

Pentagon’s Military Scouting Drone

With Veterans Day comes a great sense of gratitude for those service men and women who have risked their lives as well as remembering those who sacrificed their lives to protect a country where innovation can thrive became of the selfless sacrifice of others. Shield AI chose to use their ability to innovate to give back to those who make it possible. A $1 million contract from the pentagon has gone to developing autonomous scouting drones which can be used indoors. The drones use complex sensors and gps arrays to map the insides of buildings as well as spotting any threats. More than one drone can be used at a time allowing for quick searches of massive complexes. The contract comes from the branch which oversees the Navy SEAL program, because of the danger of the unknown which comes with being a SEAL, companies like Shield AI are aiming to make the job of protecting the country a little safer by eliminating some of this unknown. These drones could be the newest gadget aiding the SEALs in future missions. We salute you veterans!

 

Infrastructure Inspecting Drone

Current methods of inspecting bridges, oil and gas sites, power lines, etc. can be both time consuming and dangerous. With these industries constantly growing, there is a strain on current inspectors. This is where GE’s Raven comes in. This drone can speed up inspections by around three times while there is no risk for inspectors. (Wait, did you say Raven? USA Toyz has one of those too! Check it out here!) The ability to carry high tech sensors also allows them to do a better job than a human. These drones are able to fly autonomously to set waypoints, inspection points of interest, and are currently used for methane inspection. They can also gather important emission information. These drones help companies like GE to work faster and smarter while keeping workers safe. While only used for methane right now, there are various similar models with different uses, another prime example is the Idaho based Empire Unmanned which does many differing types of land inspection from agriculture to engineering. With things becoming easier and safer, what isn’t there to be thankful for with this drone.

Car Drone

While this drone isn’t saving any lives, this drone is capable of saving time. Released by a Chinese drone manufacturer Ehang Inc, this car drone is the first of its kind and while it may seem like another type of helicopter transportation for the rich, it is actually aiming to be for the consumer. What makes this different than a helicopter is its autonomy. While helicopters require a trained pilot and knowledge of airports and procedures, this drone is able to get you from point A to point B while you can sit back and read a book using the built in reading light, or simply enjoy the view in the comfort of the spacious air conditioned cockpit. It can reach 63 MPH and fly up to 11,500 feet, although intended for use at an average of 1,000- 1,650 feet. While still a long ways off from releasing to consumers, this may be useful in search and rescue in hard to access areas. Plus, this is basically an autonomous flying car, what's not to be thankful for! Want to get your foot in the door to this amazing drone technology? Check out the amazing Force1RC Focus Drone here!

 

We hope this article makes you thankful for the amazing future of trone technology and inspires you to thank a vet and have a wonderful Thanksgiving. If you're interested in stepping into this wonderful world of technology and purchasing a drone for yourself, check out our drone section at http://usatoyz.com/collections/drones. Thanks for reading!

Pick the Perfect Drone with Camera

Picking the perfect drone with a camera can be tricky especially with all of the different models currently on the market. Unfortunately, some brands are out for profit and don’t necessarily deliver the quality you want in a camera drone. That is why I have compiled this list of criteria so you know what to look for to ensure you are getting a high quality camera drone. If you want to look at some high quality camera drones on your own please check out these sites! www.USAToyz.com www.Force1RC.com

There are three informal tiers of camera drones

  1. Consumer Camera Drones- These drones are for the everyday drone pilot who wants to have some fun flying a drone around but also wants a Camera to be able to record HD video and pictures. The UDI U818 HD+ FPV VR Upgrade is a great example of a top end consumer drone. Because this is the bulk of the drones on the market this is what this article will focus on, but because you want to be educated buyers I will also touch on the other two tiers.
  2. Novice Videographer Drones- These are the bottom of the very best camera drones but have a much higher price tag because of it. These models add in GPS stabilization, sensors, compass, and a camera stabilization gimbal. A good example of this would be the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced, DJI Phantom Mavic, or the GoPro Karma. However for the average consumer these are much pricier and it is suggested to start with a consumer drone. (https://force1rc.com/collections/advanced)
  3. Professional Videographer Drones- These drones have all the features of a novice drone and then some. With crazy range, 4k video, obstacle avoidance, separate camera controller and more these drones are the top on the market but are usually over $1000. Examples of this are the DJI Inspire, and DJI Phantom 4. If you are feeling especially adventurous DJI also sells a kit for an octocopter which can lift a stabilized DSLR Camera. (https://force1rc.com/collections/advanced)

With this information let’s delve into what makes a good camera drone and what to look for when shopping for your future camera drone.

  1. Camera Quality

One of the most important aspects of a camera drone, obviously, is the camera quality. While resolution can vary, you should aim to get a camera drone with 720p. If it doesn’t have 720p I wouldn’t buy it, there is most likely a better drone out there. If you want to upgrade to 1080p you will have to upgrade into the other tiers for now (although with constant advancements 1080p may come into the consumer tier as well). 720p is the top standard for consumer drones so you should aim to get a drone with this resolution. Another way you may see this is 2MP camera. For an example listing of a drone with a 720P camera see the UDI U818A HD+

Digital resolution isn’t the only factor at play in camera quality, the lens and sensor play a big part in quality. While not very many listings will post the sensor or lens specifications, this can be something gleaned from a look at the pictures; if the lens looks higher quality (glass or clear plastic lens vs. a small hole) the camera overall will look better.

The mounting and durability of the camera are also a factor to consider. You want a low profile camera or a camera built into the frame for max durability. For an example of a large lens, frame integrated camera check out the UDI U28 Kestrel or the UDI U28W Kestrel with Wifi FPV.

  1. Stability

Stability plays a huge role in how your video /pictures come out. A shaky drone = shaky video. The designers of the UDI Raven, U45 Blue Jay, and UDI818A FPV with VR Upgrade had this in mind which makes it a great example of how to pick the perfect camera drone, especially if you are worried about being a little shaky on the control sticks.

The Raven has auto-altitude hold function which keeps the drone at a near constant altitude while all you have to worry about is framing the shot. This is ideal because the altitude hold removes a factor during flight which allows you to focus on the shot while the drone remains at a smooth altitude.

Not just drones with altitude hold can be stable however. For example the UDI Glede is very stable because of its large size, this allows small changes to be less noticeable  during filming giving your videos a more smooth look.

  1. Battery Life

The Glede is also a great candidate for top drone with camera because of its battery life. You want to look for drones with large battery capacity (measured in mAh), but not too big. What I mean by this is you want to maximize the weight of the battery vs. the power it gives. I have flown all the consumer grade drones linked in this article and all have been properly optimized for best flight times. A good flight time means you can fly longer even while recording HD video.

Another factor is multi-cell batteries, the UDI U818 HD+ FPV and the UDI Glede are two examples of two cell battery drones. The more cells means the more power. For drones like the large Glede, the power is proportional to the size, but on drones like the U818, this added power means you get even faster responses which allows for great, quick drone camera shots.

  1. Ease of Recording

Another factor to consider is the ease of recording and the ease to review those recordings. Drones like the UX5C or the U818 HD+ FPV are good examples of drones that are very easy to record videos and pictures with as well as extremely easy to review.

Using the WiFi FPV app with the U818 FPV, you can save pictures directly to your phone for easy access. And videos record to a micro SD card. Using the included converter these can easily be reviewed on a computer. You can initiate the pictures or video straight from the app!

Even drones without the app are easy to use for video and photos such as the UX5C. You can record straight from the controller and LEDs indicate its status on the drone. The pictures and videos can then be reviewed using the included converter.

The easier it is to record the more fun you will have looking at your footage from the sky!

  1. Bonus Options

Some bonus options, while not necessary, can be very influential when looking to purchase a camera drone. Some examples are altitude stabilization, FPV, headless mode, WiFi App, VR goggles. These are features that make filming more stable, easier to frame, easier to fly, or easier to record excellent footage. All of these options are helpful and it is a good idea to make sure you drone includes at least one or two of these options in order to reach your full drone filming potential. The best drone for bonus options as well as great in the above categories is the U818A WiFi FPV drone with VR Upgrade, this is by far one of the best consumer camera drones currently on the market. All of the drones mentioned in this article have been personally tested by me and all fulfill at least one bonus option as well as being the best in all of the above categories.

Hopefully you found this article helpful and please feel free to leave questions and I’d be happy to answer them. If you think you want to ease into drones before purchasing one with a camera I would recommend these drones as a good beginner drone, UFO 3000, U32, etc. (https://force1rc.com/collections/beginner)

Check out these drones and more at these retailers!

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Top 10 Best Drones For Beginners

With drones being the biggest breakthrough in technology and entertainment it can be difficult to determine which drone is right for you. That’s why we have compiled this list of top 10 beginner drones so you can know which drone is the best fit for your first fun flier! Below are some of our favorite drones especially for beginners who want an easy learning experience and the fun of a powerful, well built drone.

10. UDI U32 Inverted

U32 Inverted Drone For Beginners

This drone, while small, packs a lot of punch! If you are someone who isn’t sure if flying drones is for you this is an inexpensive way to test that out! In addition it has some powerful brushed motors and the unique ability to fly inverted which is a unique feature, as well as an easy flip function that makes it well worth the cost.

The drone itself stays light weight by integrating the circuit board into the frame of the drone, but is well protected by low profile propeller protectors, motor landing feet, and a solid plastic body for the important internal electronics. This also allows for onboard LEDs to be used which are great for beginners!

This drone is also very easy to fly with multiple speed modes and 6-axis automatic gyro stabilization.  While it doesn’t have a camera or some of the features of the drones higher on this list, if you want to ease into the world of drones, this is the drone for you!

9. UST Enterprise

UST Enterprise Drone For Beginners

This is another fun way to dive in to the world of FPV with a design that’s unique and will set you apart from other beginner pilots while making your flying look like a pro. This drone is easy to learn on and by keeping four propellers but designed to look like it only has three, this drone is still as fast as a four propeller while having the unique steering characteristics of a three propeller quadcopter.

Multiple speed modes, propeller protection and 6-axis gyro stabilization are some other great features that make this drone great for beginners and the easy flip function is always a crowd pleaser. The LEDs on this drone are also helpful for beginners and make night flight great! The unique USA Toyz colors also won’t be found anywhere else setting this drone apart!

8. UX5C

Syma UX5C Drone For Beginners

Comparable to the X5C Syma this is another one of our top picks for a beginner drone. With its 720p camera, this is a great way to get an eye in the sky without leaving your drone in the ground. With detachable propeller protectors and a solid shell body, this drone can take a hit and keep flying. Its multiple speed modes also allow for more advanced flying or a speed easy for beginners to learn on.

The 6-axis gryo stabilization is also a great feature for beginners because it keeps the drone stable so you don’t have to LED indicators are also helpful for beginners. And of course what would a drone be without a flip function. With the added 720p camera for photo and video, as well as the versatile speed modes for fast or slow maneuverability, this drone is a definite go to for beginner pilots who also want the ability to film from the sky.

7. UFO 3000

While the UFO doesn’t have a camera, because of its flight performance LEDs, and unique design, this is one of my personal favorites and definitely a great beginner drone. The LEDs as you can see on the box are really unique and look the best out of any drone on this list.

In addition the tri-prop design is unique and gives this brushed motor drone some added lift. The body of this drone is also extremely crash resistant and safe for indoor and outdoor flight because of the 360 propeller protection. The three speed modes are also great for adding speed as you become more comfortable with the control of the drone, not to mention easy flips are always fun.

For the price, this drone is by far one of my favorites and gives you a lot of room to grow, as well as a visually appealing drone to show off to your friends. These drones are also all on a unique bandwidth allowing you to race with friends in the light or the dark!

6. U842 WiFi FPV

The best part about this drone— it’s big. The sheer size of this drone makes it a super fun drone to fly, as well as fun to show off to friends and family, bigger is better right? This drone is one of the biggest on this list and also one of the more stable fliers. If you are worried about a drone running away from you while you learn to fly, this is the drone for you.

Its large frame size means it is able to hold very steady in the air which makes flying a breeze for beginners. It’s propeller protectors and overall frame design also leave you worry free during a crash. One of the best parts about this drone is the WiFi FPV. This means you can connect your phone via a self generated WiFi signal to see exactly what your drone sees in near-real time, as well as take HD 720p photo and video!

The WiFi APP also allows you to take pictures and videos from your phone as well as fly by just by tilting your phone or by using on screen controls! The controllers also gives a clear readout of multiple settings which can be very helpful for new pilots. If you want a beginner drone that is stable with tons of added features, this is the drone for you!

5. UDI U28 Kestrel

While this drone is considerably smaller than the U842, this has some distinct advantages. This tiny but mighty drone can reach fast top speeds and because of the low-latency video transmission straight to a built in controller screen, it makes this ideal for anyone who wants a fun drone to learn on, but eventually be able to race around obstacles with ease.

The motors are very powerful for the size of frame making this drone super fast and agile. As with all these other models, it has a great flip button which is especially fun to see through the built in FPV controller screen. The low profile propeller protectors keep this drone light and zippy while protecting your propellers.

The FPV camera also doubles as a video camera allowing you to take HD 720p photos and videos with ease. The controller is also very unique in design and is the only drone on this list with a low latency video transmission! If you want a easy drone to fly with the potential for speed, this is the drone for you.

4. UDI U45 Raven

This drone is one of the coolest looking drones on the list as well as the only drone with altitude hold function. This function is what earns in the #4 spot on the best drones for beginners because without the worry of maintaining a hover, the learning curve is reduced in half. You no longer have to worry about your drone flying away or crashing down and can simply experience the joy that comes with flying a drone.

Whether that be around objects or high in the sky, whatever height you want to fly at, this drone will hold for you. Using this function with the 720p camera makes this drone great for steady aerial photography. The propeller protectors, multiple speed modes, LEDs, and easy flip button are also great additions to make your beginning flying experience enjoyable.

3. UDI U818A HD+ Green

As we reach #1 what starts to set these drones apart is what makes them ideal for beginners—durability. With the flexible 360 propeller protector, self parachute fall design, bubble frame, and replacement parts. These HD+ models from UDI are some of the best drones for beginners, not to mention they fly great and take great HD 720p photos and videos.

The LEDs and easy flip button are also must haves for any beginner drone. The controller read out also gives you important information on flight status which is important to any pilot, new or experienced. The multiple speed modes with the geared brushed motors also allow for stable flying and high top speeds which are both essential for anyone wanting a drone.

The 6-axis gyro stabilization, as with all these other models, is great for keeping the drone steady for beginners.  If you want an all around beginner drone that can take a hit and keep on flying, this is the drone for you!

2. UDI U818A HD+ Black

This is the same as the HD+ green but in a sleek matte black design and is ranked above the green because of its bonus power bank which allows for longer flying time as you can charge batteries on the go!

1. UDI U818A HD+ WiFi FPV

This drone has all the features of the HD+ and then some! This drone has an upgraded battery allowing for more power to the motors and increased speed and stability. The motors are also bigger to handle the bigger battery meaning you get more bang for your buck!

This drone also comes with WiFi FPV which allows you to see everything the drone sees in real time, as well as capture this HD 720p photos and videos! This also comes with a bonus power bank for charging on the go. The LEDs and flip button are of course a part of this top beginner drone.

Headless mode is another great feature for this drone as it ignores any change in rotation meaning it will always move the direction you want it to without a long learning curve. If you want the best of the best in the world of beginner drones, this drone is for you and with all the added features this drone will not only satisfy your drone craving temporarily, but will allow you to enjoy this product even after mastering the controls.

We hope you found this post helpful and informative and a good indicator of the best selection of beginner drones currently on the market!

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