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A Quadcopter Drone For Curious Civilians

  3D Robotics’ new drone comes preassembled, can survive multiple crashes, and won’t cost you $7.4 million.

The 3DR Iris, (full disclosure: 3D Robotics was founded by former Wired Editor-In-Chief, Chris Anderson), is a quadcopter UAV that’s targeted at the committed (or curious) hobbyist. Its autopilot — any drone’s most important component — is powered by the company’s new PX4 flight management unit, which runs a ARM Cortex-M processor. In addition to radio control, the 3DR Iris can be controlled by an Android device, and eventually, an iPhone. Having a ground control station that’s a certified computer has some benefits too. The 3DR Iris can follow a flight plan drawn on a map and can also tail your GPS-enabled ground controller with a function called “Follow Me.” 3D Robotics bills this as a way to get the “ultimate selfie,” but most passersby will call it “pet drone mode.”

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