The Coolest Tech From the Xponential Drone Convention

Brigitte Blättler

1. The DJI Phantom 4

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2. The Skeldar

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3. The Battelle DroneDefender

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4. The Yamaha RMX

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Imagine all of today’s latest drone technology in one room: pizza delivery bots, warheads, aircrafts.

That's Xponential 2016, a conference in New Orleans, in a nutshell. The event plays host to more than 8,000 innovators and experts from 55 countries, as well as leaders such as FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Gur Kimchi, co-founder and vice president of Amazon Prime Air.

Here are some of the coolest tech at the convention that got us buzzed:

With a price tag of $1,399, the DJI Phantom 4 can avoid obstacles, track moving objects, fly with the tap of finger, collect footage, reach altitudes up to 10 meters and speeds up to 44 mph. With a 28-minute-max fly time, it also has a smart return home feature to help the Phantom find its way back to its (hopefully) loving owner.
This medium-range UAV system can hover for hours and provide real-time video. Fully autonomous, it can receive commands such as "Point and Fly” and “Point and Look.” It can handle land, maritime or civil missions.
The DroneDefender works like a rifle with GPS disruption and has an immediate response time to shoot down pesky drones. With a life lasting up to five hours, it has multiple antennas, a mount and is battery operated.  
This unmanned helicopter was designed to be a utility player, useful for both industrial and research applications. It has a self-monitor function, GPS and rain motor. The creation also has a myriad of safety features.
Where can we get our own mimicking robots?

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