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Yuneec Unveils Compact, Easy-To-Use Ultra HD Flying Camera

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
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Breeze is Controlled via Mobile Device, Includes Autonomous Flight and Instantaneous

Social Media Sharing Capabilities

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ONTARIO, Calif. (August 30, 2016) — Yuneec International, the world leader in electric aviation, today announced the availability of the Breeze, creating an all-new mass consumer category for the brand. The Breeze, the ultimate flying camera, is controlled via mobile device, has five easy-to-use flights modes and is able to seamlessly share to social media channels. The Breeze is now available at a suggested retail price of $499.99.

The Breeze is a flying camera designed to take ultra high resolution aerial photos and videos of the consumer. Its compact size makes the Breeze easy to transport. It can easily fly both indoors and outdoors and is intuitively controlled by a mobile device. The “Breeze Cam” APP, available for iOS and Android devices, includes five automated flight modes which makes getting the perfect shot easier than ever before. Once users complete their flight, they can download the aerial photos and videos instantly through the Breeze APP to share across their favorite social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram and Whatsapp.

“With the popularity of selfies at an all-time high, we set out to create the ultimate, user-friendly flying camera which allows people to take their photos to new heights,” said Tian Yu, chief executive officer of Yuneec International. “The Breeze includes the Ultra HD and flight mode capabilities of our top end drones, and because of its size and ease of use, the Breeze seamlessly integrates into just about any activity, whether it’s a first time outdoor adventure or yearly gathering with friends and family.”

Yuneec is expanding its product lineup to make creative aerial possibilities available to even more consumers. The Breeze removes the intimidation of flying, while still providing the creative solutions consumers want to capture unique perspectives of their daily lives.

Yuneec offers a variety of creative aerial solutions, including the Tornado professional and the Typhoon enthusiast platforms. Yuneec’s SkyView FPV headset is compatible with the Tornado H920 and Typhoon H as well as other drone and consumer electronics products with HDMI output. Yuneec also manufactures the E-Go 2 electric skateboard for efficient and fun transportation.

The Breeze is available for $499.99 at retailers nationwide. For more information visit yuneec.com.


Drone Pilot Flies Over Large 4th of July Crowd

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
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As a drone pilot myself, I found this quite maddening to see a quadcopter flying over yesterday’s 4th of July event in my home town of Sandy, Utah.  There must have been 50,000 people there.  The quad was a Phantom with prop guards.  The pilot made countless flights over the crowd, even at night during the fireworks display.

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With all the police and fire people there I first assumed the pilot had a permit.  He was launching from next to the stage where the band was performing, and hand-catching the Phantom on landing.

DSC_8531As the night wore on though, I started getting more and more irritated. I thought to myself that there would be no way the FAA would permit this type of flight. I watched him fly up to the stage then fly backward.  He seemed to lose control and freak out when he almost hit the spotlight crane which was situated in the middle of the audience.

DSC_8532I was irresponsible with my first drone, a Phantom.  It was back in 2013 and I had no idea what I was doing or what might happen if I crashed.  I’m much more careful now and watching this guy fly over the audience, my wife and 3-year old included, ticked me off.

The pilot looked to be an event photographer. If he was shooting for the event or for the band, I’d assume he had a Section 333 commercial exemption and/or a permit to do it. Benefit of the doubt.  But again, methinks someone who has gone to all the trouble getting a 333 wouldn’t fly over a crowd of thousands.


Yuneec Typhoon H with Intel RealSense Technology Now Available for Preorder

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
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Typhoon H with Intel RealSense Technology Improves Safety, Allows More Creative Options with Intelligent Obstacle Navigation
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ONTARIO, Calif. (June 22, 2016) — Yuneec International, the world leader in electric aviation, today announced the award-winning Typhoon

H with Intel RealSense Technology is now available for preorder at a suggested retail price of $1,899.

First shipments to customers will begin within four weeks. Customers will receive their Typhoon H with a factory installed Intel RealSense

R200 Camera and Intel Atom ™ processor, an ST16 controller with a Wizard controller for dual operator mode, two batteries, and extra

propellers, all packed in a custom designed backpack. Most recently demonstrated live at CES Asia, Intel RealSense Technology enables

Typhoon H to fly autonomously, intelligently navigating around objects, taking safety and customers’ creative options to the next level.

As installed on Typhoon H, the Intel RealSense R200 Camera and the quad core Intel Atom processor module work seamlessly with the flight

control firmware to add intelligent obstacle navigation. With a combination of specialized cameras and sensors, this Intel system maps and

learns its environment in 3D, recognizing each obstacle, planning an alternative route and safely navigating around it. This is a major

advancement over ultra-sonic collision prevention, which automatically stops Typhoon H short of obstacles, but cannot model the environment

or intelligently reroute around obstacles. The module also adds downward facing sensors to improve stability, enabling flight indoors or

outdoors close to the ground, even with poor GPS reception.

“Intelligent navigation and obstacle avoidance in complex environments powered by Intel RealSense Technology expands creative possibilities

and enhances safety for our customers,” said Yu Tian, chief executive officer of Yuneec International. “Now, users can confidently operate

Typhoon H with RealSense Technology in a wide variety of environments that previously required highly-technical piloting.”

Intel and Yuneec announced a $60M investment in August of 2015 for product collaboration. The first collaboration was to power the ST16

ground station, which employs the Intel Atom processor. The second product collaboration comes to market by way of Intel RealSense

“At Intel, we’re always looking to open up creative possibilities through technology,” said Anil Nanduri, Intel’s vice president and general

manager of unmanned aviation systems within the New Technology Group. “By equipping the Yuneec Typhoon H with Intel RealSense

Technology, drone pilots can worry less about obstacles that may impede those creative possibilities, and focus more on their flight path and

Yuneec announced the expansion of its Typhoon series with the unveiling of Typhoon H at the 2016 CES in Las Vegas. Typhoon H is

equipped with six rotors and a 360-degree gimbal, which allows unlimited panning for breathtaking 4K videos and 12 megapixel stills with the

all-new CGO3+ camera. In addition, the landing gear retracts during flight to seamlessly remove itself from the shot for unobstructed views.

Typhoon H also has a variety of flight and image capturing modes, including Point of Interest, Orbit Me, Curve Cable Cam, Journey Mode, and

Team Mode for film and photography teams. Innovative new safety features include ultrasonic proximity detection to assist in avoiding large

obstacles, which is operational when Intel RealSense Technology is inactive, and a six-rotor safety failsafe system, which allows Typhoon H to

remain stable and land if a motor should fail.

A separately available Intel RealSense Technology module for Typhoon H owners will be released in the near future.

Typhoon H is designed with the creative consumer in mind, with features such as user-friendly design, including quick disconnect props that

allow speedy removal from the motors, and rotor arms that quickly fold down for easy and compact transportation using a custom-designed

backpack. Carbon fiber is used extensively to decrease weight while increasing durability. Typhoon H comes with the professional quality

Android-based ST16 controller, which has a large 7-inch integrated touchscreen display and HD 720p video downlink for stunning real-time

video reception, a great improvement on having to connect an iPad or iPhone to a separate controller.

Typhoon H with Intel RealSense Technology is available for $1,899 at retailers and online at www.yuneec.com.


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