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PowerEgg Drone

The Most Intuitive Consumer Drone

 It’s roughly the size of a rugby ball, but with retractable landing and propeller struts.


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Normally, when you think “quadcopter”, you think of the standard block-shaped mass of propellers, struts and landing gear. But nothing says they have to look that way. In fact, one drone company from China is taking a radically different approach with a UAV that looks like something from the labs of Capsule Corp.

The Power Egg is the latest autonomous flyer from Beijing-based Power Vision and marks the company’s first foray into consumer UAVs. The Egg weighs 4.6 pounds and is roughly the size of a rugby ball. Its body is comprised of high density plastic. Despite its namesake, this device appears surprisingly sturdy.

Both its landing gear and propeller struts retract back into the housing for easy transportation but flick out for flight. Well, technically the landing gear automatically extends — you’ll have to manually lock the propeller struts in place. The bottom tip of the Egg pops off to reveal a 4K UHD camera mounted on a stabilized 360 degree gimbal. Conversely, the top tip houses the drone’s 6,400mAh battery.

The Power Egg is capable of flying both indoors and out. When outside, the UAV’s onboard GPS keeps track of where it is relative to the operator. When flying inside, the Power Egg switches over to sonar and ground pattern recognition to understand its orientation.

But the Power Egg’s shape isn’t its only unique feature. Users can control the UAV with either a standard two-axis controller or with a Nintendo Wii-like gesture remote. This secondary controller is designed specifically for people who are new to flying and may be hesitant to give it a go. Therefore, PowerVision made it super simple to use. Wave the remote up to have the Power Egg climb or sweep to the left and right to have it pan. Users will have to hold an activation trigger when gesturing, just to ensure they actually mean to move the Egg and aren’t just waving their hands around. And if that’s too much for your tech-phobic relatives to handle, the wand remote also includes an analog thumbstick.

TECHNICAL SPECS

WEIGHT:
4.6 lbs.
DIAGONAL SIZE:
17.64″
PHYSICAL DIMENSION:
10.90″ x 6.93″
POWER CONSUMPTION:
Hover: 265 W; Max: 450 W
OPERATING TEMPERATURE:
32 to 104 Farenheit
MAX ASCENT SPEED:
5 m/s
MAX DESCENT SPEED:
2 m/s
VERTICAL HOVER ACCURACY:
GPS: +/-0.3′ / 0.1m; Optical Positioning: +/-3.3′ / 1m
HORIZONTAL HOVER ACCURACY:
GPS: +/-0.7′ / 0.2m; Optical Positioning: +/-4.9′ / 1.5m
WIND RESISTANCE:
< Level 5
FLIGHT TIME:
Up to 23 minutes
ATTITUDE:
Up to 30 degrees
CAMERA SENSOR:
1/2.3″ CMOS
CAMERA LENS:
FOV: 95 degrees Focal Length, not specified by manufacturer; Aperture: f/2.8
PHOTO RESOLUTIONS:
4254 x 3264; 2840 x 2160; 2560 x 1920
VIDEO RESOLUTIONS:
UHD 4K: 3840 x 2160 at 30p; FHD: 1920 x 1080 at 30/60/120p; HD: 1280 x 720 at 60/120/240p
RECORDING FORMATS:
Photo: JPEG, DNG; Video: MP4, MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)
VIDEO BIT RATE:
Up to 60 Mbps
RECORDING MEDIA:
microSD/SDHC up to 64 GB
ISO RANGE:
Video 100 to 1600; Photo: 100 to 1600
OPERATING TEMPERATURE:
14 to 104 Farenheit
NUMBER OF AXES:
3-Axis (Pitch, Roll, Yaw)
CONTROLLABLE RANGE:
Pitch: 0 to 90 degrees; Roll: -120 to +170 degrees
CONTROL ACCURACY:
0.05 degrees
FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEM RECEIVER:
Frequency: 2.4 GHz
FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEM GNSS:
GPS, BeiDou
ALTITUDE RANGE:
0.66 – 13.12′ / 0.2 to 4m (above ground level)
VELOCITY RANGE:
0 to 13.1 ft/second / 4m/second (at 6.6′ / 2m above ground)
OPERATING ENVIRONMENT:
Surface with clear pattern and adequate lighting (lux > 15)
HANDHELD TRANSMITTER POWER CONSUMPTION:
120 mA / 3.7 V
HANDHELD TRANSMITTER BATTERY:
Capacity: 2800mAh; Chemistry: Lithium-ion polymer (LiPo); Configuration: 1S; Charge Time: 3 hours; Battery Life: 20 hours
HANDHELD TRANSMITTER OPERATING TEMPERATURE:
32 to 104 Farenheit
BASE STATION FREQUENCY:
To Aircraft: 2.400 to 2.483 GHz; To Other Devices: 5.725 to 5.875 GHz
BASE STATION RANGE:
Up to 3.1 miles line-of-sight
BASE STATION LATENCY:
300 ms
BASE STATION TRANSMIT POWER:
28 dBm
BASE STATION BATTERY:
Capacity: 2300 mAh; Life: 1.5 hours; Chemistry: Lithium-ion polymer (LiPo); Configuration: 1S; Charge Time: 3 hours
BASE STATION POWER REQUIREMENTS:
800 mA / 3.7 V
BASE STATION OPERATING TEMPERATURE:
32 to 104 Farenheit
FLIGHT BATTERY CHEMISTRY:
Lithium-ion polymer (LiPo)
FLIGHT BATTERY CAPACITY:
6400 mAh / 94.8 Wh
FLIGHT BATTERY CHARGING CURRENT:
2C
FLIGHT BATTERY VOLTAGE:
14.8 V
FLIGHT BATTERY OPERATING TEMPERATURE:
14 to 104 Farenheit
FLIGHT BATTERY WEIGHT:
1.3 lb.
CHARGER RATED POWER:
114 W
CHARGER POWER REQUIREMENTS:
100 to 240 VAC at 50/60 Hz
CHARGER OPERATING TEMPERATURE:
14 to 113 Farenheit
PROPELLERS LENGTH:
10.5″
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:
iOS: 8.0 or later; Android: 4.2 or later