We first saw renders for this new drone back at Easter. It looks like it really is ready to fly the nest.
Fair play to them for daring to be different.
PowerEgg™, the first consumer drone developed by PowerVision Technology Group, a worldwide leader in robotics and big data technologies, is now available for global pre-order. With its unique egg-shaped robotic design and the industry’s first gesture recognition remote control, PowerEgg is the world’s most intuitive drone designed for both enthusiasts and first time drone owners. PowerEgg global pre-orders are now being taken at the PowerVision Online Store (https://store.powervision.me) with shipping scheduled in mid-October 2016. Pre-order customers will receive a PowerEgg backpack valued at more than $200.
Fly PowerEgg Right Out of the Box
PowerEgg takes the consumer drone market to the next level with the world’s first gesture-based one-handed drone controller — PowerEgg Maestro™. With PowerEgg Maestro, takeoff and landing can be done with the push of a button so that anyone can fly PowerEgg right out of the box. The one-handed remote has motion sensing capabilities, allowing the user to interact with and manipulate the drone in flight via gesture recognition through advanced, integrated accelerometers and gyroscopes. Users can control up-down, left-right, and near-far motions.
PowerVision separated the flight processor and base station from within PowerEgg Maestro to enable its one-handed gesture-based capability. This allows for future PowerEgg and potentially third party controller and upgrade options. For users that require enhanced control, PowerEgg also comes with a traditional two-handed remote control.
“As an established innovator in the commercial drone industry, our goal was to take PowerVision’s technology expertise and package it in a form factor that everyone interested in flying a drone could relate with and enjoy immediately,” said Wally Zheng, Founder & Global CEO of PowerVision Technology Group. “We designed PowerEgg to be the consumer drone for everyone. It’s sleek, compact and portable but also easy to operate, making it simple for anyone to launch and capture special moments on camera.”
Feature-Rich in a Sleek and Smart Design
PowerEgg’s sleek and innovative design addresses user demand for easy drone portability with its pack-and-go features. It delivers long distance real-time video transmission up to five kilometers (approximately 3.1 miles), is equipped with HD video transmission and has a maximum flight time of approximately 23 minutes. With its optical positioning system, PowerEgg can fly indoors, low to the ground and in GPS-free areas. PowerEgg’s visual and ultrasonic sensors scan the ground beneath it for patterns, enabling it to identify its position and move accurately.
PowerEgg’s integrated 4K UHD camera can produce professional-grade photographs and videos with panoramic 360 degree views on a 3-axis gimbal, delivering stabilized aerial views with an immersive “spherical” experience. In addition, PowerEgg’s flight software includes multiple automated flight modes that let the user easily frame their shots while the PowerEgg automatically manages its flight path. These PowerModes™ include Follow Me, Orbit, WayPoint, and Selfie mode, and are easily accessed through the iOS or Android user interface.
“With the power to enhance anyone’s lifestyle, PowerEgg is truly revolutionary. For the first time a consumer drone delivers three key elements: stunning design, powerful features and operational simplicity,” said Chih-Che Tsai, CEO of PowerVision Robot Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of PowerVision Technology Group. “Ideal for family fun or for professional use, PowerEgg is a one-of-a-kind flying camera for capturing special moments, unique experiences and your greatest adventures.”
Key Product Specifications
- Weight – 4.6 lbs (Battery and propellers included)
- Maximum Flight Speed – 13 m/s (Professional mode)
- Maximum Ascent/Descent Speed – 5 m/s ascending; 2 m/s descending (Professional mode)
- Maximum Flight Time – Approx. 23 mins
- Optical Positioning System Range – Altitude Range: 0.66 – 13.12 ft / Surface with clear pattern and adequate light (Lux >15)
- Hover Accuracy – Vertical: +/- 0.1m (When optical positioning is active, 0.2 – 4 m); +/- 1 m / Horizontal: +/- 0.2m (Surface with clear pattern and adequate lighting); +/- 1.5 m
- Digital Image Resolution – UHD: 3,840 x 2,160 30p / FHD: 1,920 x 1,080 30/60/120p / HD: 1,280 x 720 60/120/240p / Photo: 4,254 x 3,264
- Maximum Transmission Distance – Maximum 3.1 mi (Subject to regulation and local operating conditions). Distance will be shorter for CE.
- PowerEgg Flight Battery Capacity – 6400mAh
Pricing and Availability
PowerEgg is available worldwide in white and priced at $1,288 USD MSRP through the PowerVision Online Store(https://store.powervision.me). Users who order PowerEgg during the pre-order period (Aug. 24, 2016 through Sept. 30, 2016) will receive the standard package and a PowerEgg backpack (MSRP $218 USD). The standard package includes the PowerEgg aircraft, PowerEgg Maestro remote control, two-hand remote control, base station, PowerEgg smart battery and battery charger.