"Soon enough" : Accessible consumer drones?

"Soon enough" : Accessible consumer drones?

Here's another "soon enough", of what will be among us sooner than we might think. We find it interesting to see how a trend is moving from a hardware (now nearing maturity for it’s current phase) to software (many examples of large improvements) focus: accessible consumer drones. It has been 7-8 years since the (DIY) quadcopters (looking for your next project?) were getting traction, and now they are ripe to move into the next phase. These examples show how we’ll get better at so many things that seemed to be only possible if you’d be a pro with pro hardware. The video below shows an interactive tool that is used for designing quadrotor camera shots. 

This is just one industry where this cycle is speeding up. It’s not very hard to see the next domain at the horizon. Likely it’s another something (or actually “many things”) under the connected devices umbrella. An example is devices such as the Digistump Oak. It doesn’t look too exciting for most consumers at this point, but it will look a lot more appealing when the product matured.

The hardware for this product (category) is undergoing many iterations, resulting in better, smaller and cheaper hardware. And the software part is improving at an insanely rapid pace. The Digistump project was funded successfully, but while the maker was ahead of its time when they launched the campaign, the product might already be outdated when it gets to the hands of the campaign backers: Chinese hardware has copied the device, and a wide community is rapidly improving the software platform.

So, this "soon enough" is not so much about keyframes in drone videos (although it’s very awesome by itself), or the rapid development of some kind of chip (yet very promising). It’s about how really hard stuff is getting easier due to enthusiastic people who put time and energy in their free time while online, and sharing back.