Drones for both consumer and commercial use are coming and there is no end in sight.
The most obvious drone applications are for search and rescue missions, law enforcement, and within the agriculture industry – look here for more ideas on how to utilize drones. However, drones will soon be delivering packages, driving buses, and patrolling campuses, along with their related robots. Mainstream adoption is inevitable since the cost of the robot and drone platforms, in addition to the technologies and components, is dropping to more affordable price points.
I recently bought a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter drone from Amazon that delivered high definition video footage that amazed me and gave me many hours of enjoyment.
One of my friends wondered about other applications that are possible for drones. I reminded him of the time that we were hiking and camping in upstate New York and we thought we were lost in the wilderness. Could hikers lost in the woods finally become a remnant of the past? In just a short time, hikers and campers will be able to get a visual on their routes and surroundings by throwing a drone up into the air. For a cheap aerial drone for hiking, it will cost under $100 to get some snapshots. However, in just a few years, you will be able to spend $1,000 or more to get a multiplicity of features in an advanced Garmin model.
In most countries around the world, the air drone craze is well underway, according to the latest reports on the news. New 2016 quadcopter models are flooding the market for consumers and most are coming from Chinese drone manufacturers.
To help you learn more about the manufacturers of these drones, I have put together a list for you over the last year or so. It is designed to help people who may be interested in purchasing a particular model of a drone, but do not know anything about the company that makes them. You can use this list if you want to learn more by visiting the company website or if you want to check up on your favorite brand to find out what new products will be released.
The list includes the manufacturers of the most popular drones and quadcopters for both professional use and for use as a hobby. In addition, you will find links to their top models, if your are ready to buy. The list remains incomplete but expect updates as more companies with solid reputations enter the drone market.
DJI: Drone Manufacturer
In the drone industry, DJI Innovations is the most popular drone maker. Their headquarters are in Shenzhen, China. They make the GPS First Person View equipped phantom series quadcopters. Their products attract both professionals and hobbyists.
On the market, the Phantom 3 is among the top video enabled quadcopters that are ready to fly and, if you couple it with a GoPro camera, then the Phantom 2 is great, as well. The Phantom 4 has just been released by the company.
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Drone Maker: PARROT
A new maker of quadcopters hailing from Paris, France, Parrot specializes in wireless devices for autos and mobile phones. Think hands free Bluetooth kits. With its mid-range hobby drone controlled by an app on a smartphone and an integrated FPV system, the AR Drone and the AR Drone 2.0 (its successor), the company has grabbed hold of a large segment of the consumer market. There are lots of features on their advanced quadcopter, the Bebob drone.
Quadcopter Manufacturer: 3DROBOTICS
Berkeley, California is 3D Robotics’ home. The company’s engineering department is located in San Diego and their products are made in Tijuana, Mexico. The IRIS Plus model is their best known product, and SOLO, the first smart drone in the world is now available. These autonomous drones include features such as GPS way point planning. Chris Anderson, the founder of DIYDrones.com which provides excellent information on aerial craft and quadcopters, also founded the company.
Quadcopter Manufacturer: HUBSAN
Located in Dong, China and best known for its Hubsan X4 models that include the Hubsan H107D FPV X4 Mini RTF Quadcopter and the entry level Hubsan X4 H107C, Hubsan is rapidly becoming a well known company within the market for drone hobbyists. You can find the new Hubsan Plus Models here.
Quadcopter Manufacturer BLADE
Owned by Horizon Hobby and based out of Champaign, Illinois, Blade is a distributor of hobby products. The make the Blade range of Quadcopters that make their craft safer and easier to fly by offering SAFE and other enhanced features. From multi-prop drones to helicopters, there are many available options at Blade. A great beginner quadcopter and the model that is most popular at the company is the Blade Nano QX.
JJRC Toys Manufacturing
Another Chinese maker of toys, JJRC, is in the business of making vehicles that are remote controlled of all types, toy guns, and robots. The majority of the extensive toy collection are remote-controlled such as the midsize drone, the JJRC H26D 3MP HD Headless Mode One Key Return, and the small drone with the 2.0 MP Camera, Quadcopter drone the JJRC H26D 3MP HD Headless Mode One Key Return RC.
SYMA: Manufacturer Of Drones
Shantou, China is the site of Syma Toys. Their remote controlled helicopters put this drone maker on the map, and they are entering the market for drons with the 6-Axis Gyro system on the X5C-1 Explorer 2015 Version drone and the highly popular Syma X11 mini-quadcopter. One of their latest models in the WiFi FPV Camera-equipped Syma X5SW Plus Quadcopter Drone.
Drone technology is going to start showing some of its true potential, now that the FFA has given a thumbs up to drone technology. As the air drone craze gains momentum, expect to see more innovations and new designs within a short period of time. The only thing that will slow this down is the life time of the batteries.