The PowerVision PowerEgg shown off at CES 2018 is unlike any drone we’ve seen.
If you’ve seen Denis Villeneuve’s excellent sci-fi film Arrival, you’ll be familiar with the eery pods the extraterrestrial visitors, ahem, arrive in. They’re these elongated egg-shaped vessels that stand like monoliths over the landscape and also make weird noises.
Well, when enclosed, the PowerVision PowerEgg looks just like one of those. Things get a little more terrifying when it opens up to reveal its propeller arms and four legs. It goes from Arrival to looking like something from The War of the Worlds.
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It’s a massive departure from the standard quadcopter designs you’ve seen from practically every other drone.
Once you look past its strange design, it does actually share many features of other drones. It can record up to 4K resolution video and has a 3-axis gimbal for stabilisation. The camera can transmit its video in 720P to your paired smartphone and can transmit up to 5km away.
There’s a maximum flight speed of 46km/h and a flight time of around 23 minutes. For controls you have a choice of a standard twin-stick remote control or, more interestingly, there’s the Maestro controller that is designed to be used one-handed and looks a lot like an old Wii nunchuk controller. It’s designed to simplify flight controls and also supports gestures.
The PowerEgg is available now for $1,288.
Away from the skies, PowerVision was showing off the PowerDolphin, which looks to be a more streamlined version of the PowerRay underwater drone I saw back at IFA. It also does 4K video and will let you drag bait to be your fisherman’s friend. The PowerDolphin will cost $749 when it’s released in April.
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