New Zealand considers itself a potential leader in developing and testing drones. That was the motivation for the “C-Prize” for innovation in the industry. The “C-Prize” is a UAV (unmanned autonomous vehicle) contest to develop new drone technology for the film industry put on by the government-funded Callaghan Innovation. So far 30 entries have been submitted. Submission are open until July 5 for New Zealand-based students, innovators and entrepreneurs. As entries progress through the selection process, multiple $10,000 awards will be given and then a final grand prize winner will receive $50,000 and an all expenses-paid trip to exhibit at the 2016 National Association of Broadcasters trade show in Las Vegas, the largest international trade show for media content and technology.
Initial entries include a UFO, a bionic propeller, a flying stingray and a range of other concepts to reduce noise, increase stability and track the speed of moving objects.
Cinematographer Richard Bluck has worked on The Hobbit, King Kong and Avatarand is a judge.
He said he had been “blown away” by the quality and degree of innovation in the first group of entries.
“The technology and products that result from this competition are really going to advance the use of UAVs and allow us to capture amazing footage in the future.”