3DRobotics IRIS+ Drone

Posted: September 16, 2014

3DRobotics' IRIS+ is a sleek drone that flies either manually or completely unattended in 3DR's cutting edge autopilot mode wherever you want it to go. Get yours for $25 off the $775 retail price through the Dude Exclusives online store.

A feat in robotics technology and Richard Branson's new favorite toy, IRIS+ makes flying a rewarding adventure for RC enthusiasts and an easily incorporated tool (and joyride) for budding filmmakers, videographers, and tech fanatics. With an Android device, users can activate the drone's Mission Planning mode to set a flight course with the DroidPlanner 2 app, and then sit back as IRIS+ sails hands-free through their designated waypoints.

IRIS+ was also made to pair with a GoPro camera and stabilizing gimbal to produce clear and steady video. In 3PV Follow Me mode it will automatically track a synced GPS-enabled Android device from overhead. That means perfect aerial recording of you blazing down a mountain on skis. Across a lake in a dragon boat. Eighty yards to the goal on a kickoff return. And imagine the leaked sex tapes we have to look forward to now that celebrities can sub in a hovering drone for their tripodded smartphones and mirrored ceilings.

IRIS+ packages come with everything needed to fly the drone right out of the box. Pre-use requirements are minimal: spin on the props and charge the 5100 mAh 3S battery. Take off with the included remote controller or autonomously with a Mac, PC, Linux, or Android device (does not support iOS; Mission Planning and 3PV modes only possible with Android).

3DRobotics drones can land themselves automatically, as well as return to a home point of they travel out of range or start running low on battery power. Average flight time per charge is 16 to 22 minutes.

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