Drones on their own are awesome gadgets, but even the best toys can become even better if you add some cool gadgets. Therefore, today, we decided to take a look at some of the coolest gadgets inspired by drone technology. You will get familiar with some amazing cameras that offer the cinematic image quality, but are designed for drone use, thermal drone cameras, all terrain drone converters, and more. Keep reading to find out more!
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DJI Zenmuse X5: Drone Camera
The Zenmuse X5 camera designed by the drone manufacturing giant, the DJI, is the micro-four thirds camera that was made to be used with a drone. Before this camera, aerial filmmakers were limited only to GoPro Hero action cameras if they wanted to have high-quality footage. But, after DJI released their large 16-megapixel camera that is capable of creating 4K footage at 30fps, with the ISO range going from 100 to 25,600, the aerial filmography world is seeing much better days, especially when it comes to filming in environments that are lighting complicated.
Furthermore, the camera is suitable for the Inspire 1’s 3-axis, 360 degrees gimbal, which allows the users to create breathtaking videos and even up to 8 seconds long-exposure images. The only downside of this camera is that, for now, it can only use a limited number of lenses, one DJI’s, two Panasonic’s, and three Olympus’, but we are sure that this will change pretty soon and that the camera will be able to use more interchangeable lenses, and from other manufacturers as well.
FLIR Duo: Thermal Imager for Drones
Imagine having thermal vision view like the Predator. Sound pretty cool, doesn’t it? Well, now, with the FLIR Duo thermal camera, you can have thermal image footage from your drone. This is especially useful if you are filming wildlife, or doing roof insulation inspections. The camera itself comes with a lightweight and compact design like most action cameras, and is perfect for mounting on a drone gimbal.
Furthermore, it offers onboard digital thermal and 1080p color video and still image (with MSX multi-spectral imaging enhancement) recording on a MicroSD card. You can also control the camera in real time through PWM. All in all, a really cool action cam designed for drone usage.
WaterStrider: All-Terrain Drone Converter
Landing your Phantom 3 or 4 on the water is now possible! You will just need to add the WaterStrider, which is a converter landing gear that turns your bird into an all-terrain model. The designers of this cool gadget were inspired by insects that are capable of gliding over the water. The initial purpose of this landing gear converter was to allow the drones to take off and land on water, but after testing and some design modifications, it turns out that you can take off and land your drone virtually from any kind of terrain, without worrying that it will flip over and get damaged. This gadget actually makes capturing new and amazing shots easier than ever.
Shift Drone with an Intuitive Controller
This is actually a gadget that can be bought and used only with one drone model, namely, the Shift drone. It is actually a controller that allows you to use only one hand to control the drone. More precisely, with your thumb and your digit finger. This is the first controller of its kind, but we are sure that this technology will soon evolve and be useful for other models as well. In the meantime, if you wish to have a hands-free flight, we suggest checking out the article about models of drones that follow you, while you are free to do whatever you want and have awesome videos of it.
Dronegun – The Drone Catcher
Okay, this article is about cool gadgets that were inspired by drones, but this one in particular, was actually inspired by drones, but in a different way. The Dronegun was designed after the popularity of drones got so serious that people on the ground started fearing for their privacy and safety, as virtually anyone that owned a drone with a camera was able to spy on anyone, deliver illegal packages, or even explosives, and get away with it.
Therefore, some countermeasure against drones had to be taken. The “Gun” we are talking about offers a safe way to stop a drone by firing a sort of an EMP that instantly makes the problematic drone land on the spot, while immediately cutting off the video stream to its operator. The Dronegun can cover an area of 2km in diameter, and can be used in almost all weather conditions.
Lowepro QuadGuard Backpack
Transporting your drone to the location where you plan on taking off can be complicated since drones are quite fragile. Also, you need to think of all the additional accessories and how to transport them safely as well. Well, these problems can be a part of the past if you invest in a backpack that is designed especially for drone transport, like the Lowepro QuadGuard. This manufacturer is already famous for its DSLR equipment, backpacks, but with this model, they decided to help out the drone hobbyists as well.
The backpack is specially designed to protect not just one, but actually up to two drones, as well as all the additional accessories we mentioned earlier. Furthermore, the padded inside is completely customizable, and offers a multi-level adjustable divider system, that allows you to use pretty much any drone model you want, and safely, and comfortably, transport it to where ever you want.
DJI Drone Goggles
The latest gadget from DJI comes in a form of goggles and allows you to have the FPV like you were sitting in the pilot cockpit of your drone. FPV goggles are not the newest of inventions, but unlike other models so far, these come with a 1920 x 1080 resolution screens for each eye. This is like standing just 3m away from a screen that is 216 inches wide!
The best thing about these goggles is that not only you will be able to control the movement of your camera by simply turning your head (that is already possible with Inspire 1) but to control the drone itself as well. For now, the DJI Goggles can be used with the Phantom4 and Mavic models, and if you use the Mavic, you can actually pair a pair of goggles and take your friend for a ride in the sky.
Drone Squirt Cannon
Now, this little cool gadget is just what you need to have fun during long, hot, summer days. For now, you can only get the squirt cannon by buying it together with the WL Toys V979 drone model, but for some $20, you get a cool drone, equipped with a water cannon. How cool is that! You can start your own drone wars with your friends in the backyard.
A Pellet Cannon for Drones
Another cool drone gadget, only this time it comes from the famous drone house of Parrot, offers you a chance to turn your drone (Parrot Mambo model) into a battle ready flying machine. The cannon shoots 6-mm plastic balls, like the ones from toy pistols kids use, so finding new ones will not be hard.
Furthermore, this package also includes a drone claw grabber, that allows you to pick up lightweight object and transport them to different locations around the house. For example, you can add a cube of sugar in your loved one’s coffee with a drone! Nerd love level Pro!
Project Ryptide: Drone Swimmer Rescue Gadget
Until now, for people who were in distress at the sea or a lake, or even a river, the only hope they had was that the rescue crews would spot them on time and that they will be quick enough to reach them until it was too late. However, the things are going to change thanks to a group of students from the King Low Heywood Thomas School of Stamford, CT, in cooperation with Flying Robots LLC, who invented a flotation device that can be added to a drone, which would then carry and drop the device where ever the swimmer was. The self-inflating device weighs only around 400 grams, and can be lifted by any drone model that has the power to carry an action cam, so basically almost all models can carry it with ease. You will need only half a minute to attach the device to the drone and activate it remotely when it is in the water.
Jack is a true drone passionate and he focused his education on this amazing field. Thus, he graduated the Drone/UAV Pilot Training Certificate program and now he’s a member of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. His main purpose right now is to find and develop new features and help others discover the wonderful experience of flying a drone. For this, he is the main editor and content creator at MyDroneLab Blog where you can find everything you want to know about drones.