China’s first-ever foldable four-winged consumer drone, TRANSDRONE A4, will soon be released in Beijing.
Li Xiaoyu, the CEO of Chinese firm AheadX, said that the market of consumer drones in the next five years is expected to reach $67.3 billion, and the competition in this circle will be intense.
People’s Daily elaborates:
The drones in start-up phase now are rarely practical, and most of them are even not qualified to be played as toys, says by Li Xiao. “This situation can be reluctantly accepted in start-up phase. The drones, acting as toys and educational tools, will definitely not dominate the future market. Eventually, the drone market needs to be led by products and corporate which really solve the practical problems.
The design of TRANSDRONE A4 is different from the traditional drones, and has the size of 288 * 204 * 71 mm after being folded. It is known that the body structure of drone, especially a variable structure, is the major difficulty to the consumer drone at present stage. After overcoming many difficulties, the R&D team of AheadX successfully made a new drone, controlling its size after being folded as small as a piece of A4 paper, which is the origin of the product model. Any ordinary backpack can be its containing box, and the weight of only 1500 grams allows its host to easily make a journey without delay.
Professional cameras, including the GoPro, can be attached to the TRANSDRONE A4, which in turn can be easily connected to mobile gadgets throughs via Wifi.
While an exact launch date for the drone wasn’t stated in the report, it appears as though AheadX might have some competition creeping up from Chinese electronics company Xioami, which previously said that it planned on releasing affordable drones for consumers in China sometime this summer.
By Maggie Wong