Gone are the days when quadcopters were merely surveillance machines. Meet Walkera AIBO quadcopter, which pioneers beginning of the era of drone-gaming. Equipped with a 4K camera and compact and charming design, the airbot comes with tailor-built Virtual Reality app, offering an immersive flight experience by incorporating games into the Mixed Reality. It’s not just a drone or a Mixed Reality platform; it’s more than these and offers a complete package to excite the tech savvy. It’s so light and portable that you won’t notice a difference when holding an iPad in one hand and AIBAO in another.
With VR gaining momentum and VR headsets becoming a norm, all you need is the AIBAO GO App, VR Glasses/Headset and some space to enjoy the Mixed Reality flight modes. AIBAO claims to be world’s first AR drone to offer mixed reality, allowing you to play virtual flight games in the real world. The three VR modes include Racing, Combat and Collection mode. Racing mode allows setting a virtual track, the combat mode allows using virtual weapons to dog-fight and shoot down enemy aircrafts and the collection mode is about collecting coins in an AR world and scoring maximum points to beat different levels. Its compact and streamlined design with a diameter of only 280mm clearly reflects where the future technology is heading.
|Receiver, remote controller||DEVO-RX719, DEVO F8E|
|Main controller||FCS-280 AIBAO|
|Main Rotor Diameter||186mm|
|Battery||7.6V 5200mAh 5C 2S LiPo|
|Flight time||18 minutes|
|Operating temperature||7.6V 5200mAh 5C 2S LiPo|
|Camera||16 MP 1/2.3 Inch SONY Effective pixels 16 million|
|Lens||FOV 100° F2.2-2.8 Focus infinity|
|Video recording||4K @25fps and 1080p @ 60fps|
|Video format||H.264 (MP4, MOV)|
|Transmission rate||500 meters|
|Memory expansion||TF Card up to 64GB (SD / SDHC / SDXC, Micro SD)|
|Remote controller range, frequency||1.5KM, 2.4 GHZ|
|RC Battery||Rechargeable 7.4V 3000mAh Li-po 2S|
|RC Dimensions||LxWxH 165x174x62mm|
|Max rise/decline speed||5.3 m/s|
|GPS mode speed||5m/s|
|Sports mode speed||10m/s|
|Altitude hold speed||20m/s|
|Packager contents||Package Contents: 1 x Walkera AIBOA Quadcopter, 1 x Transmitter, 1 x Battery, 1 x Phone Holder, 2 x Landing Skid, 1 x English User Manual (Tablet/smartphone not included)|
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- Compact and lightweight
- 4K camera
- VR App for virtual gaming
- Racing, combat and collection modes
- Mixed reality FPV Flying experience
- Powerful propulsion
- Dual GPS
- Multiple flight modes (Orbit, Waypoint, Hovering)
- Image transfer range of up to 1.5KM
- VR Gaming in the Real World
Pros and Cons
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- Mixed Reality
- Tailor-made App
- Support for mounting tablet/phone
- Ultra HD recording
- Decent transmission distance
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- Flight-time should have been better
- Limited availability
- Limited color options
AIBAO’s 4K video camera makes it a real pleasure to play VR games using the augmented reality application, allowing seeing virtual objects in real world during the flight. Whether you are flying through several gates to set a new speed record or flying around to collect coins, the real-time transmission of Ultra High definition content from up to 1.5 kilometers takes the whole experience to another level.
Camera and Remote Controller
The 16 MP 4K camera is capable of recording UHD videos at 25fps, while in the 1080p mode, it records at 60 fps. The all new DEVO-F8E remote control gives full control and includes a special bracket if you want to mount a tablet or smartphone. The remote is powered by a 6000 mAh rechargeable battery.
The airbot is equipped with dual GPS systems i.e. GPS and GLONASS for accuracy. Its can rise at a speed of 5m/s and descend at 3m/s, while it can reach 10m/s in the sports mode and 20m/s in the altitude mode and can keep flying for about 18 minutes.
AIBAO is quite a looker and offers some unique features to redefine AR/Mixed Reality flights. Its capable camera allows capturing detailed images and makes AR gaming more fun. What the airbot aims to do is just the beginning of a new era, which would allow users to indulge themselves in ultimate and most realistic gaming.
How to buy
The 6-axis gyro Walkera AIBAO Quadcopter is available in White, Gold and Pink colors. For more details about shipping time and costs, please follow the link.