Tech of the Week: smart drone brings air of intelligence to photography

Photographers – and the downright nosey – can now extend their reach into the clouds with the world’s first smart drone, Solo. Ignoring any scary privacy issues that may come to mind, the all-in-one drone made for GoPro is set to make it easy for the budding, professional or casual snapper to get the perfect shot.

Solo is the first drone to fully cater to the needs of photographers, and is set to land in New Zealand and Australia in August.

And it works just a bit better than strapping your digital camera to a drone.

The drone is the first of it’s kind to support full control of GoPro HERO3+ and HERO4 cameras, and delivers live-streaming HD video to mobile devices or via the controller’s HDMI port.

GPS satellite-guided flight ensures a smooth journey of up to 25 minutes (20 with GoPro and Solo gimbal), in addition to auto takeoff, return home functions, and the ability to pause and e-brake in midair.

Fluid HD video to mobile devices, in-flight recording control and access to GoPro settings while keeping the GoPro powered is delivered by the 3-axis gimbal.

A video game controller, with its own 1 GHz computer, keeps things simple with all the controls in the hand of the users. The computer also powers the Wifi hub for constant connection, and live broadcast of GoPro HD video feeds is possible with the built in HDMI port.

The perfect shot is made easy due the Solo’s rock-solid footage, GoPro control and charging and long-range HD video feed, and users can select Cable cam, Orbit, Selfie or Follow options using ‘Smart Shots’.

IOS and Android photographers are kept happy with the Solo app, meaning that all functions are at the user’s fingertips.

Depending on the environment, the Wifi range is 800 metres, and users can enjoy a battery life of up to 4 hours, or 8 with an optional extended battery.

Solo will be available for $1799.95 at Harvey Norman, Duty Free and independent retailers.