October 9, 2014

Control Multiple Drones at Once with the Highly Portable & Collapsible PlexiDrone

PlexiDrone
Drones have made it possible for indie filmmakers to inexpensively capture stunning aerial images, but how can they be improved upon? Make them super portable and collapsible, while infusing new swarm technology. Meet the PlexiDrone.

There is plenty to get excited about with DreamQii's new drone, currently on Indiegogo. First of all, its modular, snap-together design. The great thing about this is that, of course, you can disassemble it and fit every piece inside the PlexiPack (which is the size of a standard backpack) for easy transport. But this also means that if the drone does crash and get damaged, you don't have to pay for an entirely new one. DreamQii sells replacement components separately for just such an occasion, which may end up saving you quite a bit of money in the long run.

Furthermore, the clip mechanism allows you to mount a variety of different cameras, from GoPros to smaller DSLRs, and you can customize your payload as you wish. However, it can only carry about 2.2 lbs (1 kg), so that disqualifies users of larger DSLRs, like, say, the 5D Mark III, whose body alone may not be quite 2 lbs, but once you add lenses and other gadgets, would definitely be too much for the PlexiDrone to handle.

PlexiPack

Another great feature is the PlexiDrone's intelligent technology. By using its iOS and Android waypoint navigation, its built in GPS allows you to select "follow me" on whichever mobile device you're using, and the drone will, well, follow you. Also, its new "swarm" technology allows you to use multiple drones at once to capture a single shot. However, if you prefer to use an RC controller, you can also do that as well.

Also, you don't have to worry if you're shooting in a place where the Wi-Fi signal is weak or nonexistent, because the PlexiDrone comes equipped with their network bridge called PlexiHub, which works via Bluetooth to increase your signal range, as well as operate multiple drones at once. However, the range is only a little over half a mile (1 km), but DreamQii says that they're ready for non-line-of-sight flight (say that 10 times fast).

And if you're concerned about the legal implications of using a drone, PlexiDrone assures users that they've obtained the necessary approvals regarding commercial flying and will offer their customers the ability to fill out their online form to apply for a personal certificate to fly.

Here's an early flight test of the PlexiDrone.

Here's a quick breakdown of all of the PlexiDrone's features:

Features

  • GPS Follow Me
  • Swarming capability
  • Mobile interface
  • Clear 360˚ view
  • Obstacle avoidance
  • Developer friendly
  • Social & Speaks:
  • Customizable payload

Technical Specifications

  • Size: 15 x 15 x 5 inches
  • Weight: 2.9 lbs
  • Thrust: 7 lbs
  • Flight Time: 15 - 35 mins
  • Max Speed: 43.4 mph
  • Battery: interchangeable 11.1 volt 5000mAh, 3S liPo
  • Hub Range: 3000 ft
  • Proximity: Up to 21 foot ultrasonic range (customizable)
  • Landing Gear: Full sway 90˚ retractable gear
  • Flying Modes: Standard RC/Waypoint/GPS Hold and Follow Me
  • App Control: Available for free on iOS and Android
  • Notifications: Integrated audio with a customizable voice
  • Gimbal: Custom tuned ultra stable brushless gimbal

If you just want to see how this thing handles in the air, the starter pack for a PlexiDrone will run you $699, but if you want to start filming now, the PlexiDrone Pro pack, which comes with a gimbal, will cost $769. You can also choose from several bundles, which include their customized gimbals, PlexiPacks, and even multiple PlexiDrones if you're interested in using the swarm feature right away. Delivery is set for March 2015. Check out their Indiegogo campaign if you're interested in pre-ordering, or visit the PlexiDrone website.

 

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It's worth noting that commercial flying is absolutely fine if you are in Canada. This "personal certificate" that you receive will do you no good in the U.S.

October 9, 2014 at 7:32PM

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Very nice! Let's see are they going to crush DJI. From this point of view, this sounds nicely, but until we test it, we can't be so sure in the technology that they are offering.

October 9, 2014 at 8:10PM

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Bojan Andrejek
DP / Cinematographer / Producer
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This looks more like a toy than a serious aerial platform.

October 9, 2014 at 10:32PM

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Tom Holton
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Where's the test footage from the actual drone?

October 16, 2014 at 5:10PM, Edited October 16, 5:10PM

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DreamQii and Klever have clearly forgotten all about this interview. Do not buy a PlexiDrone or anything from DreamQii! The product simply doesn't exist and it's doubtful if it ever will! No one has seen it. They haven't delivered the PlexiDrone to any customers and have not delivered the BublCam, or the Sony video cameras either. It's all just a dream idea right now (or a nightmare for some customers!). DreamQii launched a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo back in October 2014, promising to deliver the quadcoptor UAS drone "PlexiDrone" by March 2015. March 2015 came without delivery of PlexiDrone and without a reasonable explanation from DreamQii. Then the delivery date was pushed to April 2015, then September 2015, all dates passed without delivery of the PlexiDrone to any customers. DreamQii didn't respond to customer requests for product delivery or product development updates. Customers asked via: emails to DreamQii, on the Indiegogo comments page for DreamQii and via DreamQii's Facebook page, most went unanswered and ignored. DreamQii would often give vague updates, that didn't say anything of any substance and simply mislead customers. If you visit their Indiegogo campaign page, their Facebook page or other "PlexiDrone" customer pages you will quickly read about the frustration many customers are experiencing. If this is how DreamQii treats their customers who have supported and backed them before they have even produced a product, imagine how bad their customer service will be if DreamQii ever does deliver their product!!

November 27, 2015 at 9:01AM

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I am not sure if this is the first time you have invested in a crowdfunding campaign or are just intentionally doing this to destroy the reputation of the company. A company that is building such a complex product shouldn't be treated this way. They are very much out there and not trying to spam anyone. Production delays are a very common thing and happens to any company. If production delays happen to a company that is just starting off, it is nothing new. DreamQii as a company has been focusing on more important aspects right now which include perfecting the PlexiDrone. They already revamped the initial model to look and perform much better. Even though they have been slow in getting back to their customers, they have still been getting back. Many customers have already got back refunds. There are lots of new videos being posted showing the progress of the company and the drone. It looks very promising.
A company that is trying to spam their backers would not be posting videos and giving refunds or interacting with customers on their pages such as YouTube and Facebook.
Maybe you should try and check out their videos page on YouTube. Here is the link:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbAkEasfVPNB2b9eH9sgpOg/videos

October 24, 2016 at 3:57PM, Edited October 24, 4:09PM

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The whole Plexidrone and DreamQii situation has been quite unfortunate. We as backers and customers wanted DreamQii to put out a successful product that gives all of the features they promised. However they have been in their production phase for a while now. In all fairness to them, they did completely revamp their older model in order to make the new model look and allegedly perform better.
They have started getting more active on social media now and are starting to show some promising videos on both their YouTube and Facebook pages.
https://www.facebook.com/PlexiDrone/
Lets hope for the best.

October 24, 2016 at 4:04PM, Edited October 24, 4:09PM

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