In a recent video, DJI aims to capture what the future with drones may look like. Personal video recording with multiple drones, anyone?
The video showcases some of what DJI has planned for the Phantom X concept drone: obstacle avoidance, multiple angles, simultaneous coverage by multiple drones, and object tracking. While the video plays to our infatuation with romanticizing the future, most of the features don’t seem outlandish. If you would have shown me this footage last year, I probably wouldn’t have had a similar reaction. However, with the release of the Lily drone and the Tesla self-driving car, most of the features shown are actually possible with today’s technology.
Imagine being able to capture footage of your gorgeous coastline drive from the seat of your car, or grab brilliant aerial footage of that 360 you just landed for the first time. The future appears bright for extreme sports athletes and filmmakers alike. There are even incredible engineering applications for such devices. The cameras keep getting better and better, allowing for very accurate 3D modeling using photogrammetry. A surveyor could singlehandedly walk and map an entire site and create a 3D model without spending tens of thousands of dollars on a laser scanner. I’d also bet realtors would kill for this type of footage for touring properties.
I see major applications in virtual reality creation as well. The ability to capture multiple angles simultaneously could cut down on production time significantly when capturing footage for use with the Oculus or similar devices. While the Phantom X is only a concept right now, I don’t imagine it’s so far off either.