3D robotics solo drone's auto pilot feature enables creative capturing 3D robotics solo drone's auto pilot feature enables creative capturing
apr 14, 2015

3D robotics solo drone's auto pilot feature enables creative capturing

3D robotics solo drone’s auto pilot feature enables creative capturing
images courtesy of 3D robotics




offering a photography-dedicated flight experience and ease of use, the 3D robotics’ ‘solo’ drone enables effortless aviation control which in return, allows more creative control. enhancing the advanced processing power of twin linux computers, one on the craft and the other in the controller, the personal quadcopter offers a selection of imaging controls and automated piloting. these features include; auto take off and landing, e-brake for pausing midair, follow mode, and cable cam and orbit which creates established and safe flying paths, along virtual tracks. furthermore, by being linked to GPS satellite guiding, the device can adjust its settings according to specific locations i.e. when near to the user’s home.





‘solo is a breakthrough in intelligent flight. it’s not just smarter so that it can do more; it’s smarter so that you have to do less. we’ve turned the hollywood toolkit into software, and allowed everyone to experience epic video, both behind and in front of the camera.’ said chris anderson, CEO 3D robotics.





‘solo will expand our concept of what a drone can be and do,’ said chris anderson. ‘solo uses advanced autonomy to make creativity easier. rather than needing skill to capture a great shot, you can let the software do the work. even better, you can be in the shot—you can be the subject of your life’s story, not just the director.’

its autonomous modes allow users to capture professional images




‘we set out a year ago with the promise of not just creating the best drone, but the best overall aerial filmmaking experience imaginable. while this meant giving Solo smooth and powerful flight dynamics, it also demanded we make a smarter drone, one that could abstract users from flying so they can focus on getting great video,’ said colin guinn, chief revenue officer of 3DR.


‘what our users really want is great shots. they want professional tools that enable them to get those shots easily and consistently, right out of the box. solo delivers on this promise: you get the shot, every time.’ he added.





featuring a 3-axis gimbal, the 3D robotics’ ‘solo’ drone stabilizes the gopro camera which can be controlled in-flight, to within 0.1 degrees of pointing accuracy. the device can be governed using either the mobile app or the remote controller that features devoted buttons for its many modes. as well as being able to capture one-touch aerial selfies, the controllers can be used to change and adjust settings such as; FOV, FPS and exposure compensation, to just name a few. furthermore, it includes an app-based aviation simulator, where users can fly the ‘solo’ virtually, before they launch it off of the ground.


the smart drone offers new possibilities for aerial photography
videos courtesy of 3D robotics



the launch film






front view of the remote controller


a close-up view of the gimbal and the gopro camera


top view of the personal drone

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