While DJI may control the lion share of the consumer drone market, opportunities still exist if other manufacturers can embed themselves as the (only) “drone solution” in various drone verticals.
3D Robotics demonstrates this by making a strong move into the construction market by partnering with Autodesk and Sony. With this partnership, 3D Robotics is attacking the construction vertical.
On Monday, drone manufacturer 3D Robotics announced a new partnership to bring a new version of the Solo to market focused on industrial use.
In conjunction with Autodesk and Sony, 3D Robotics will be outfitting the Solo with the ability to capture aerial images of an area or structure and uploading a map or 3D model to the cloud, while the drone is still airborne.
The Solo will be carrying the Sony UMC-R10C (in lieu of the more common GoPro camera) which will be fully integrated with the enterprise edition of the drone.
Will this strategic move work for 3D Robotics? I think so, and the combination of the 3D Robotics Solo with Sony imaging and Autodesk software may just prove to be a game changer for more verticals than construction.
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About 3D Robotics
Today 3DR is the smartest and most technologically advanced drone company in the world: We’re putting computers in the sky. With a Series C round of V.C. funding led by Qualcomm, 3DR has the resources to become the first company to truly and fully integrate drone and smartphone technology. To complement and fuel this enterprise, we launched Solo, the world’s first smart drone.
With the power of two full-blown 1 GHz Linux computers working in tandem, Solo gives life to world-first technologies and professional tools specifically designed to make drone photography easy for beginners and pros alike. And just like smartphones did a decade ago, Solo’s usefulness bleeds from the consumer market into the commercial. That’s because in drones we’re now seeing the convergence of numerous advanced technologies—cameras, computer
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