Announcing the #SmokinDronesContest with #TinyWhoop and #Tattu!

Calling all Tiny Whoopers!  Win a brand new Tiny Whoop, custom-built by none other than Mr. Tiny Whoop himself, Jesse Perkins!

Here’s all you need to do: Upload to AirVūz your fully edited, 2+ minute video flying a Tiny Whoop or Inductrix (or any other micro-class quad), and share it to the Smokin’ Drones Facebook Page!

The more creative you can get with showing your Whoop skills, the better chance you have of winning!  Set up an awesome track, show off your acro skills, or think up something that has never been done before!  The sky’s the limit!

The fine print:

  1. Upload your video to the Tiny Whoop / Inductrix FPV category on AirVūz (last day to upload is Friday, June 16, 2017 at 11:59 pm PST).
  2. Include these 3 hashtags as keywords: #SmokinDronesContest #TinyWhoop  #Tattu
  3. Share your AirVuz video link to the Smokin’ Drones Facebook Page  by Friday, June 16, 2017 at 11:59 pm PST.   (Not a member yet?  Just submit a request and they’ll get you added!)
  4. Stay tuned for more info for voting, once the submission deadline has passed!

Prizes will be distributed to winners once they are announced!

1st Place:  One (1) Tiny Whoop custom-built by Jesse Perkins, using the latest and greatest motors, FC and camera/VTX, all components handpicked and recommended by Jesse.  Also included in this prize package is a 5-Pack of Tiny Whoop Tattu batteries (1s 220mAh)

    2nd Place: One (1) Inductrix FPV RTF. Also included in this prize package is a 5-Pack of Tiny Whoop Tattu batteries (1s 220mAh
        3rd Place: One (1) 5-Pack of Tiny Whoop Tattu batteries (1s 220mAh)

For more inspiration, we’ve pulled together the coolest Tiny Whoop videos on the site!  And while you’re at it,  you can find more information there too about the contest, prizes, etc!

Good luck to all those who plan to whoop it up!

AirVūz | United by Drone

Your drone called and says its 🌞 TIME TO FLY! 🌞

Let’s face it: this summer’s going to be flat out remarkable, so you’re going to need some killer mementos!  (and yes!  your drone is totally up to the challenge!)

Summer opens to the door to many great drone projects…from documenting a road trip , capturing the crowds at a local game, scoring those epic water shots (surfing 🏄 / sailing  ⛵️/ beach bumming 🏖, anyone?),  to ripping up a crazy drone racing course.

Plus, we’ve found that travel vlogs and drone compilations (complete with fun editing and sweet tunes, of course) are the new fangled creative photo albums our parents couldn’t have even dreamt of.

Don’t leave those awesome aerial shots to just the birds!

1.   Upload your summer drone videos to AirVūz

2.   Next, share them from AirVūz to your fave social media haunts

3.  …and then, think about whom else may want to see them!  There are plenty of travel sites/ forums where users ask questions about potential destinations!  Your video might nudge them to check out that fantastic spot too! (and then you and your video will get all kinds of attention and glory!)

Need some inspiration?  Of course AirVuz is ready to help!  We’ve pulled together some of the coolest summer drone videos for you to enjoy!

Enjoy the holiday weekend!

Team AirVuz   |   #UnitedbyDrone

Exploring the Potential of Drones and the Internet of Things

By Tyler Mason, Digital Media Director, AirVūz

When people hear the phrase “Internet of Things (IoT),” many of us think of obvious applications, like being able to adjust the thermostat of your home so it’s set to the right temperature when you get home from a day of work, or like warming up the oven for dinner with the click of your iPhone on your way home from grocery shopping.

But for those following this growing industry, these applications represent just the tip of the iceberg. Drastic change is coming. IHS Markit predicts that within the next three to five years, more than 17.6 billion things will be connected to the Internet.

If you’re not familiar with the Internet of Things, here’s the overall concept. Devices such as sensors connected to the Internet provide data remotely and/or allow people to control or adjust the device to obtain a specific outcome through the Internet. Some examples of what the IoT may offer include:

  • A person in Minnesota monitoring and adjusting the temperature and humidity of their second home in Fort Myers, Florida – through a thermostat that is connected to the Wi-Fi signal in the home — during the summer months to prevent mold.
  • A farmer monitoring his herd of dairy cows through RFID tags to conduct predictive forecasts on milk production.
  • A data center manager monitoring the heat build-up on each server within the data center to reduce the risk of server failure.
  • A couple monitoring their exercise and fitness with FitBit and sharing with their friends through Facebook.

Drones and IoT

Drones are included in the growing number of Internet-connected things. Drones with cameras can not only provide real-time information about a situation, but also capture information that can be analyzed in the future.  For instance, I recently saw an online video advertising a drone for farmers. The farmer does not have to walk or drive to the field and inspect crops. Instead, drones allow a farmer to fly over the fields to do a video inspection of crops. This video can be collected and viewed later that day, or for that matter, from year to year, allowing the farmer to compare conditions of his crop on specific days throughout the growing season. 

Fire, Rescue and Law Enforcement

For example, we’ve seen many instances of drones used by law enforcement over the last few years. Drones have been used for search and rescue operations in areas that are difficult to search by foot. Recently, I talked to a police officer in Iowa who used a drone to find a man and his granddaughter on the river. Their boat became stuck on a logjam and he called the police for help. Because the area was swampy, officers could not easily reach them. Within minutes of putting a drone up in the air, though, the man and child had been located and were rescued shortly thereafter.

I’ve also seen examples of fire departments using thermal imaging cameras on drones to survey and inspect fires before sending in fire crews. The cameras on the drone detect hotspots in the building, providing valuable information to the firefighters about how to more effectively fight the fire.

Police have also been able to follow or find suspects by chasing after them with drones. Having an aerial vantage point can make those types of searches much easier than a pursuit on foot.

All of the data, including video images, can be collected in databases and used over and over again to help fire and police better understand how to react to future emergencies.

While it is not allowed for hobbyists to fly drones over large crowds, I believe law enforcement will soon use drones to monitor large public events with an eye toward watching for potential riot situations or looting. Drones may also be used for security reasons, to monitor for potential threats when a major political figure visits a city, for example.

Retail Applications

A lot of hurdles need to be cleared before Amazon or other companies can roll out drone delivery services. Some of these issues include: flying outside the line of sight; flying over and near people (delivering a pizza to a park filled with people, for example); and flying near utility lines as well as other sensitive areas, such as homes and businesses near airports. All of these issues need to be reconciled by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Another issue is verifying the identity of the person receiving a package. Currently, many deliveries often don’t require confirmation of identification, and packages are simply dropped off on someone’s front step, even if they’re not home.

But, for businesses that do want to verify an identity, such as in the case of alcohol delivery by drone, there is a chance that facial recognition technology could make drone deliveries more secure. The technology already exists and I think people are trying to figure out what, if anything, the technology can be used for.

What about drone video applications connected to farming (inspecting fields), ranching (monitoring cattle) and remote energy applications (pipeline monitoring, wind turbine inspections)? Could drone video provide added value to those IoT applications?

Agriculture and Ranching

Agriculture is quickly becoming one of the biggest adopters of drones among any industry. Farmers can much more efficiently monitor their crops from the sky using a drone instead of hiring an airplane (or by walking the land on foot). Thermal imaging through the use of FLIR cameras or other infrared technology can let farmers know which crops might need additional watering. With $1,000 drones capable of flying up to four miles away, many farmers could easily survey their entire field of crops by standing on their front step.

Some farms are also finding ways to employ drones to spray fields for pesticides. Flight software allows for drones to follow a specific pattern that can be repeated time and time again, meaning pesticides can be sprayed in a consistent manner from the drone.

Conducting remote equipment inspections is also possible with drones. Inspecting wind turbines, pipelines, oilrigs, irrigation systems, etc., are among the biggest commercial applications of drones. Similar to farming, the use of a drone saves man-hours and, in many cases, eliminates possible safety risks. Instead of a worker climbing a turbine or power line, a drone can be flown to the same places that need inspection. High-definition cameras give a good look at what may need repairs or maintenance.

Drones using sensors and similar technologies will be paramount for digital mapping. Already, LIDAR has been paired with drones in a variety of uses. These range from inspections of buildings to topography mapping to surveying of mining sites to farm planning. LIDAR has been used for these purposes without drones, but adding a UAV to many of these applications makes it even more effective.

Citizen Journalism

Here at AirVūz, we’ve live streamed a few different events from a drone. One of them was Air + Style, a snowboard competition and music festival that was held in Los Angeles earlier this year. Our drone was used in the live stream of the snowboard event as the broadcast cut to our aerial shots to give the viewers a different perspective on the action.

We also live-streamed ultimate Frisbee games for the Minnesota Wind Chill’s Facebook page. Ultimate Frisbee is a great sport to view from the drone, as it’s able to fly along with the action and show the play unfolding while capturing the movement from end to end. The reception has been very positive, as those viewing the live stream have enjoyed the addition of the drone to the broadcast.

There have been other examples of citizen journalism or important events that have been uploaded to airvuz.com. One recent case was of two drone racing pilots who saw a man illegally dumping trash and chased after him with a drone to get the license plate number. We’ve also had videos of flooded areas where pilots have used their drones to make others aware of the devastated areas. Another example: drone video coverage of the protests of a new oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Reservation.

Travel Planning

When it comes to travel planning, drone videos are a great way to prepare for a trip. If you’re able to find an aerial video of a location you plan to visit, you can get a better feel for the destination.

AirVūz recently partnered with a start-up called Vugo, which places tablets in the back of ride-share vehicles (Uber and Lyft) to allow drivers to make additional money through advertising. Videos from AirVūz were used on the tablets, which had the ability to recall specific videos of locations or landmarks based on where the rider was traveling.

There are plenty of untapped possibilities for travel and drone videos as well. For example, travel apps could use geolocation of a traveler’s phone to show them drone videos of their current location to show them landmarks nearby, or an aerial overview of the city. Travel and drones are becoming more popular as the drones themselves are becoming more portable. That means pilots are able to capture footage of more places than ever and, as a result, travelers can now find videos of just about anywhere.

What Lies Ahead

I definitely think the amount of commercial drone pilots will continue to increase at a steady rate in the next handful of years. When the FAA introduced the Part 107 test — which drone pilots need to pass to fly commercially — standardization made the point of entry much easier for anyone wanting to become a commercial drone pilot. Before that, you had to first obtain a pilot’s license before getting what was called the Section 333 exemption. The current format is much easier, and the FAA has said that more than 30,000 pilots have passed the Part 107 as of early April 2017.

As more people become professionally licensed to pilot drones, I believe you will see an avalanche of applications involving drones and the Internet of Things. With tens of thousands of drone videos on AirVūz, we can see the difference in just the two years that our website has been functional. Drone videos are not just becoming better produced and edited, partly because people are getting better at operating their drones, but we’re seeing more diverse uses for drones. Like the entire category of IoT, the creative applications seem endless.

Ok, this is just cool (and we are totally committed to it 💎)

You’ve heard, right? We get the most remarkable stuff on AirVuz!   And since (cue the music 🎶 )   we ❤️ to ❤️ your videos, we like to draw lots of attention to them — however and whenever we can.  Doesn’t hurt when they’re about ❤️, either!

Like, for example, this fab couple “O+A around the world who just returned from their 3 month honeymoon (yep – you read that right. A whole season. Literally) with the most fantastic souvenir ever from their first marital trek: an amazing drone video of South America.   Except this wasn’t just a reel of the best aerial footage of Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Columbia; rather,  it’s a perfectly framed, beautifully edited, visual tale of them at each stop along the way.

We could just be jealous of their adventure bound by wedded bliss…but they look so happy and had so many awesome dronies that we sincerely simply toast them congrats and look forward to their next production!

Ready to take the plunge and see more drone videos of proposals, weddings, and honeymoons?  Then say “yes!” (because you know you’ll find on them on AirVūz 😉 )

Do you have a wedding themed drone video to share? (or maybe this just got your wheels spinning?)  Well, then stop jumping on the couch professing your love and share those videos to AirVūz!

Team AirVuz   |   #UnitedbyDrone

 

AirVūz 101: 5 Tricks 🎩 to Make your Drone Video Stand Out!

With so many enthusiastic pilots and their amazing videos rolling on into AirVuz every day, you’ve probably wondered how to get your video more exposure…

We totally get it!  You work pretty hard to make these phenomenal drone videos…and it’s pretty fun to see people respond to it with their Likes, Comments, and Follows.  But how can you actually get those views?

We love the saying “activity breeds activity;”  basically by taking a few simple steps to get the ball rolling, you’ll help your aerial video bubble up to the top for others.  And then, the real compounding benefit appears: others see the high view counts, and then they want to watch it too!  (and then they want to follow your work, share it with their friends, maybe hire you for a gig, bring over your favorite dessert…you get the idea!)

So – wondering what those steps are?  Good news!  We’re happy to share them. 😏  Even better news?  They’re super easy!

Our own Kendall Mark talks us through these important tips for making a great drone video (we like to call it AirVuz 101), and we recapped below too: 

Tip #1Make sure your video has aerial footage right off the bat!   Viewers are eager to see the action at first click! And while sponsors and self-promotion are important, numbers have shown that videos that start with motion and aerial images are watched longer and more often!  True story!

Tip #2 – Be different! Be unique! Be creative!  Of course we all love the scenic mountain shots, the crystal clear ocean footage, or a great skyline. But guess how many of those we all see on the site per day? Tons! Take your shot to the next level…maybe you feature someone in a yoga pose on a beach by drone? Or, throw in a cool filter on there to make it stand out!  (Need some inspiration? Look no further than your favorite pilot’s AirVuz.com profiles!)

Tip #3Your thumbnail image is crucial!  Why? Well think of it this way: your thumbnail is the first impression; it sets the tone of your video even before reading the title. Oftentimes, videos get passed over simply because the thumbnail image is too generic or the text is overbearing.  But, an eye-catching, quality image draws people in immediately…who doesn’t want that, right?!

Tip #4 Your title, description and keywords…Yes they matter!  Using your location and some other attention grabber almost guarantee people will be able to find it during a search, and they’ll watch it when they discover it!  It’s ok to keep it simple, too!   If your video is footage of winter scenes in Iceland, then name your video “Winter in Iceland!”  It’s that easy – we promise.  But, what if you like your video’s fancy or fun name?  Keep it, just be sure to load up the keywords and the description with the specific location, type of drone you’re using, and anything unique about your piece in the keywords and description.

Tip #5 Promote and share your work with your community! The more it’s out there, the more it’s seen!  Right after you upload it, share your video to Facebook and Twitter and use the #AirVuz!.  And here’s the best pro tip – find a forum – any forum – that has people posing questions that your video could answer!  (e.g. guess how many people ask about the beaches in Hawaii?  Wouldn’t that video of yours be a perfect way to show them what their looking for?!  Give them your video and watch those views roll in!)

Bonus Tip – Get involved with AirVūz community! Take some time to let other people know what you think of their work!  Ask questions, support them in their risk taking and creativity, and provide tips to your fellow content creators to help us promote your amazing work!  After all, we are all #UnitedByDrone.

Happy Flying!

Team AirVuz  |   #United by Drone

GUEST BLOGGER: The Drone Girl Sally French SEE THIS NEW DRONE MUSEUM EXHIBITION IN NYC

AirVuz guest blogger Sally French of The Drone Girl

YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS NEW DRONE MUSEUM EXHIBITION IN NYC

Drones aren’t THAT old, but they’re already becoming the stuff of museums.

The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum Complex in New York City this week opened an exhibit called “Drones: Is the sky the limit?” making it the U.S.’s first major museum exhibition on drones.

The exhibit is located in a 6,000 square foot pavilion on Pier 86 in New York City, and will showcase historical artifacts, model airplanes, actual drones, three-dimensional computer renderings and rare videos.

The museum includes everything from  a prototype cargo vehicle designed to deliver online shopping orders to their door, as well as the world’s first flying dress, designed and worn by ….

TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE VISIT THEDRONEGIRL.COM 

 

Our *very* favorite part of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum DRONES exhibit!

Congratulations to the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum on the their DRONES exhibit, which opened this week!  

It’s all a pretty a big deal, and AirVūz was honored to be involved in the effort!  There’s so much to like about it, but what was our favorite part, you might ask?

The super informational coverage of the history of drones? (well, that indeed was pretty interesting! 😏 But that’s not it).

The fascinating artifacts? (ok, we did geek out a bit 🤓 when we were reminded how far the tech has come, but still no. Sorry.)

The model airplanes, right? (well, in spite of the cool photo ops 📸 and our sheer fascination with with them, that wasn’t it either…)

The incredible ‘immersion’ theatre, where visitors can experience beautiful drone videos, courtesy of those extremely talented AirVūz contributors?  Ding ding ding!!! 

 

The DRONES exhibit at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in NYC is actually a must see, for all of the reasons above, and we send along our kudos for their very successful opening this week!

The exhibition runs from May 10 – Dec 3, 2017 and was created to allow visitors to “explore the history of drone technology, from the earliest unmanned flying machines to advanced systems of the 21st century.”

We were pretty thrilled when their curator asked for our help in creating a spectacular compilation reel for their “immersion” theatre.  What better way to showcase the amazing talent represented by you – our AirVūz community?!

With specific types of drone footage in mind, we combed through your videos, found a beautiful cross section of aerial content, and then the super heroes on our Production team stitched it together for an insanely cool 5 minutes of eye candy.  Congrats to those contributors whose videos we tapped…your work is definitely noticed!

For now, we definitely encourage you to visit the Intrepid Museum to soak up the full version of the video.  But if you want a sneak peak (we really don’t blame you), then good news: a promo version is available for your enjoyment!   (And if you’re really really committed, you’d probably also enjoy seeing all of the original videos from which the clips came, all pulled together in a collection dedicated to this spectacular DRONES exhibit!)

 

So thanks to the Intrepid Museum for inviting us to collaborate, and thanks to our great AirVūz community, because without your amazing videos, none of this would be possible.

We love to celebrate your videos, and we love to promote our community!  (…and stay tuned for more fun, because lucky for us all: those amazing vids keep rolling in!)

May the 4th be with you!!

Today’s the day…Star Wars fans around the world commemorate the beloved George Lucas series!!

What’s the AirVūz connection, you might ask??

Well, of course we have amazing drone videos of Star Wars related fun…and your day wouldn’t be complete without taking these in too!

(And although Obi-Wan Kenobi has famously said ““Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them,”  we hope you’ll trust Team AirVuz, because we know the Force is strong with these vids! )

Team AirVūz  |  United by Drone

Drone Racing: Coming in hot 🔥 and its legit.

By now, you’ve heard about it, right?  Drone racing is the coolest, fastest, most adrenaline packed sport…and thanks to those FPV (First Person View) goggles, it comes action-packed with the best seat in the house.

Its the freedom of the happiest bird, crossed with the acrobatics of the flying circus, amped up with the competitive zippiness of Formula 1.  And oh yeah, did we mention they make great videos too? (of course the drone videos are our favorite part!!)  And unlike other racing sports on 2 or 4 wheels, the drone crashes – although spectacularly frustrating – don’t cause injury!!

…and it’s pretty serious business!! Drone racing is enthusiastically taking on the sports scene one set of props at a time, and it’s not holding back either. Racing leagues like DRL, DR1, and MultiGP keep a full roster of events just waiting for the drone enthusiasts, and even ESPN is getting in on the sport.  Everyone seems to be loving the fun of competition.

So, set down that FPV headset, because we’ve pulled together some of the juiciest drone racing nuggets on AirVuz, to show you what it’s all about.

Enjoy, and Happy Flying!

Team AirVūz  |  United by Drone