When you were a kid, did you ever want to be able to fly? What about being able to race your friends in the sky? Maybe that thought left your mind as you got older, maybe it didn’t. But what if you were told today, that you could do that? Feel like you were a racing pilot or feel like you were up in the sky without spending the money on flights or pilot lessons. Would you be interested? Luckily in today’s world, you can get just that.
Drones have hit the commercial market by storm in the last decade, allowing for people just like you to be able to take to the skies. It’s about time as drones have been around for a staggering 100 years as of this year. Yup, that’s right 100 years ago, the United States launched the Kettering Bug which was classified as an unmanned aerial torpedo, making it the first drone. So now in 2018, 100 years later, scientists and designers have had a lot of time to develop and improve upon the unmanned aircraft, resulting in today’s drone market.
Today’s market has long since evolved from the days of drone only as weapons, and you can find today drone clubs, DIY drones, and perhaps most excitingly drone competitions. It has become one of the trendiest and quintessential items of this decade. This is in no small part due to the advancement of FPV drones, or first-person view drones. These type of drones brings the controller right into the cockpit of the drone via front and sometimes rear-facing camera’s which allow them to fly as if they were in the drone itself. There are even advanced system FPV drones which make the user feel like they are right there in the drone through the assistance of things similar to VR displays. In this category, you can find yourself in those flying races that were mentioned earlier. In fact, there are full racing competitions for drones like this.
This may sound like it costs a lot of money. Truthfully, it can. There are many leading brands who have top of the range items such as DJI, Eachine, Syma, and Hubsan, who can all feel like they cost an arm and a leg. But with how advanced the market is today, you can find some introductory cheap drones which are all high functioning. In fact, all of the listed brands even offer intro drones that one can pick up to get used to the mechanics and use just for enjoyment.
There are a lot of reasons to look into getting a drone, be it a high-end expensive drone or a cheap drone that is functional and fun. The greatest testimonial that has arguably ever been given on drones was from a 25-year-old man who lost his legs in an accident, “me? I love them (drones). After losing my legs a couple years back I’ve always felt trapped. Like I couldn’t do what I used to do, like I can’t feel really free anymore you know? Then I tried the first-person drone for the first time. I was in the chair, but I took off, I was in the clouds! I was free and happy again, it might sound silly but drones freed me.”