Ok, so today I visited the 3D Print Show at the Old Truman Brewery in London. It was great to see a lot of the new products and printers that are currently available.
Whilst there, I came across Vernon Kerswell, the founder, inventor, owner and driving force behind Extreme Fliers and the Micro Drone.
The new Micro Drone 3.0 was on show there today and boy what a remarkable little quad it is.
It will replace the Micro Drone 2.0 and is due out around August. The 2.0 was and still is, a great buy, super flier and a lot of fun. This will cease to be available once the Micro Drone 3.0 is released.
Well what are the main differences between the 2.0 and the 3.0, well, they look similar, but are worlds apart.
The new 3.0 will have several new and wonderful additions, making the competitors wish they had concentrated more on quality and design and less about getting lots of cheaper looking micro quads on the shelves.
- Smartphone Control Option
- Micro Gimbal (optional extra)
- New 720P HD Camera
- Removable Prop Guards
- 3 Arm Size Options (optional extra)
The 3.0 will have 2 additional arm sizes available, making 3 size options for the flier. Simply unplug the current arms and plug in the larger sizes. The all new 3.0 CPU design will take care of this with new algorithms, keeping this rock solid in the air.
The new CPU will not only have a 6 axis gyro, but also feature a compass and barometer. This really helps this fly perfectly indoor and outdoors in high winds. With a top speed of around 45mph, this is no slouch. With 2 flight modes, standard and acrobatic, the 3.0 will roll and flip with ease in the latter flight mode.
I learnt today also, that they are working on a Bind and Fly version, that will connect to the popular RC Radios (Spektrum, Futaba etc). This will open the 3.0 up to all the RC enthusiasts wanting to get in to mini quads.
Another groundbreaking feature is the ability to use the 3.0 as a FPV racer. Once the new 720p HD camera is connected, simply pair your phone via the iOS or Android app, will allow you to view the cameras live feed with apparently with zero latency, so important for FPV flying. Attach your smart phone to a set of the Google Dodo Case and you have an inexpensive set of FPV goggles.
Vernon was very keen to mention his idea of Community Based Programme, where upgrades and new designs could be openly shared. This was very interesting, as his vision was to have a worldwide audience. I wouldn’t think it would take long as the Micro Drone 3.0 will take off and be even more popular than the earlier versions.
Max Range: 300m
Max Speed: 45mph
Flight Time: 8 Minutes
Control: Supplied Radio, 2.4Ghz BNF, IOS or Android (via app)
On show with the Micro Drone 3.0 was also some 3D Laser Sintered models. These were designed by Kai Bracher and available at present from Shapeways. There were 2 clip on models, the Wasp and a Dragon. There was also another Dragon that you took the complete works of either the 2.0 or 3.0 and fit it directly into this beautifully designed frame. The detailing on these were amazing and athough around £25.00 to £35.00, the frames would make your Micro Drone stand head and shoulders above the competition.