The Phantom X Concept is a ready-to-fly mini quad-copter with some impressive features such as obstacle avoidance and tracking. The promo concept doesn't delve into details, but rather hints at what is to come from DJI in the near (or at least not-too-distant) future.
We all loved the 1980s’ sci-fi visions of the future — the way drones zipped around, blending in as a natural part of everyday life. What if we told you the predictions made in these sci-fi classics are now reality? With the DJI Phantom X, we turn wide-eyed dreams of future possibilities into fact with multi-angle shooting, AI, obstacle avoidance and free-flight object tracking.
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Featuring Chloe Bennet, Scott Goodson, Jeff Cable, Dana Brunetti, and Russell Brown.
Another strikingly futuristic feature demonstrated in the promo by Chloe Bennet from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is the hand gesture sky painting by two drones. Getting multi-angle coverage and controlling at least 4 quad-copters from a single tablet is also featured.
Although this is still a concept, the Phantom X has the potential to get some serious traction on the consumer level due to the fact that, according to DJI, you don't need a manual to use it - throw it in the air and it follow you. Control via a smart device - like a smart watch or phone is also possible.
Even though similar technology has been developed by other companies, such as the Lily Camera - a similar selfie drone tracking RTF camera, which recently completed a successful crowdfunding campaign, and smaller outfits targeting more tech-savvy enthusiasts rather then Millennials, DJI makes some of the easiest consumer oriented drones and stabilisers on the market. They are of high-quality and easy to operate - two factors vital for success on the mass market.
Nonetheless, it will be interesting to see where this technology goes and how it's evolution will influence features implemented into higher-end professional drones and stabilisers.