Meet the Solo, an all-in-one personal drone whose ease of use and powerful new features kick off a new aerial age.
With computing power unmatched in the industry — from two integrated Linux computers, one on the 3DR Solo Drone Quadcopter and one in the controller Solo delivers several world-first technologies, such as unfettered in-flight access to GoPro controls, including wireless HD streaming straight to mobile devices, and effortless computer-assisted Smart Shot flight features that allow even new pilots to capture professional aerial video from day one.
"Solo uses advanced autonomy to make creativity easier. Rather than needing skill to capture a great shot, you can let the software do the work. Even better, you can be in the shot — you can be the subject of your life s story, not just the director."
"We set out a year ago with the promise of not just creating the best drone, but the best overall aerial film making experience imaginable. While this meant giving Solo smooth and powerful flight dynamics, it also demanded we make a smarter drone, one that could abstract users from flying so they can focus on getting great video," said Colin Guinn, Chief Revenue Officer of 3DR.
"What our users really want is great shots. They want professional tools that enable them to get those shots easily and consistently, right out of the box. Solo delivers on this promise: You get the shot, every time."
"Solo will expand our concept of what a drone can be and do," said Chris Anderson, CEO of 3DR.
Effortless flight means effortless filming—less flight control; more creative control. Solo makes flying easier than it's ever been with smooth and authoritative GPS satellite-guided flight, which also features auto takeoff and land, return home and the ability to instantly hit an e-brake and pause your flight midair. All these features are immediately accessible through the Solo mobile app or dedicated buttons on Solo's remote controller.
The Solo was built from the ground up to be future proof. To accommodate future technologies and expansion options, we've included a gimbal bay, and accessory bay and easy to swap motor pods with integrated speed controllers. The gimbal bay enables other companies to make specific plug-and-play gimbals or imaging devices, providing these devices with the HD feed to Solo's mobile app, full camera control and access to Solo's computing power.
Solo's intelligence unlocks powerful and one-of-a-kin d computer-assisted Smart Shots (patent pending).
With a 7 GHz ARM Cortex-A9-powered Linux computer running on both the copter and the controller, Solo's intelligence unleashes nearly limitless possibility and future expandability. Because we use the onboard computer's processing power to do the heavy lifting, the auto-pilot becomes the "brainstem," exclusively focused on executing the rudiments of stable and reliable flight, while the computer serves as Solo's "frontal cortex" and handles the higher-level processing; this task distribution dramatically reduces the likelihood of autopilot system failure during flight.
Solo's smart technology not only allows us to introduce many industry-first capabilities today, but also gives us the ability to unlock future technologies— everything from a next-gen Follow mode to computer vision and true artificial intelligence.