Intel has unveiled its first fully Intel-branded drone, dubbed the Falcon 8+. It's designed for industrial jobs, like on big construction sites where it might take a human hours to walk around to complete a field inspection.
The Falcon 8+ weighs only six pounds and flies faster than most hobby drones on the market, able to reach speeds up to 35 miles per hour.
This isn't Intel's first foray into drones. The company partnered with Ascending Technologies, which it later acquired, to refine its 360-degree depth-perception cameras for collision avoidance. The cameras are now used in the commercial AscTec Falcon 8, the predecessor to Intel's 8+, as well as Yuneec's Typhoon H drone, which is also intended for commercial or professional hobbyist drone pilots.
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The drone is controlled with a waterproof cockpit equipped with a joystick and tablet, which is much more robust than consumer drones that interface with smartphones.
Unlike with hobbyist drones, where DJI already accounts for 70 percent of the market, the commercial and industrial drone scene doesn't yet have a single dominant drone maker. 3DR, which once touted itself as the leading drone company in the U.S., is now completely switching to building drones for commercial applications. And other drone makers, like Yuneec, Kespry and DJI all have commercial-grade offerings, too.