We had an incredibly fun and successful week at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held in Las Vegas and dominated by drones. 3DR eschewed the traditional approach to the convention, opting to not set up a booth in favor of traveling around the city with drones in our backpacks, giving guerrilla flight demos and talking tech with anyone and everyone who was interested. It paid off. Here are some of our media highlights from last week, where 3DR CEO Chris Anderson drops the hammer on the potential of this technology and 3DR’s role in creating that future.
From PBS Newshour’s in-depth report: “This is how we digitize the world. We don’t get satellites to do it three months ago at low resolution, we don’t pay planes to do it. We get drones to be Sky View to go along with Google’s Street View.”
Watch Chris’s video interview with TechCrunch: “Getting that drone app to internalize the cinematic values of a great director — that’s what you’ll see in our next generation.”
Chris sat down at CES to spend twenty minutes on camera with Engadget: “In the next generation we’re going to be using computer vision to keep the camera on you, and then use the drone’s intelligence to find cool angles.”
From an interview with Intel, whose CEO gave the keynote that kicked off CES: “The military market is about $18 billion, and the [U.S.] consumer market is now about $1 billion,” Anderson said. “And then we’re about to see the launch of the commercial market, which I think will be bigger than both of them combined.”
Chris’s searching twenty-minute on-camera interview with Bloomberg’s Studio 1.0: “The other safety measure is technological. These things are smart: They don’t fall asleep, they’re not texting, they’re not distracted, they know where they are at all times. When robots are done right, they can be smarter than humans.”
And here’s Chris again in the CES drone download from The Verge: “Between Qualcomm’s work on real-time vision built into their Snapdragon program and Intel’s work on RealSense vision, which is a standalone chip, those things are now going to be driving next year’s drones.”