DroneBase, the world’s largest drone platform, today launched AirCraft, the first Augmented Reality platform for both commercial and recreational drone use. The new AR technology allows pilots of any skillset to use their drones to create, edit, and share objects in the sky. AirCraft will first launch in beta and integrate into the existing DroneBase app, which is available today for iOS and coming soon for Android.
“AirCraft gives pilots of all skill levels new reasons to fly their drones,” said Dan Burton, Co-Founder and CEO, DroneBase. “Unlike current AR experiences, AirCraft allows pilots to create and interact with virtual objects in the sky while flying. We’re looking to our community of pilots to see what they will build, how they will use this technology, and what they want next.”
Through AirCraft, drone pilots can create their own designs with 3D blocks using different colors and textures that virtually stay in the sky. Pilots can build giant works of art or a drone racecourse, in addition to more practical, commercial applications, like rendering a computer-aided design (CAD) model at a construction site or evaluating a post-disaster insurance claim. The open world format allows anyone using AirCraft to view and build upon what other pilots have created.
“I’ve recently spent time testing out AirCraft, and I’ve quickly realized how fun and innovative the technology truly is,” said George Garcia, a New Jersey-based DroneBase pilot. “Drones help us interact with the world in completely unique ways, and the features offered by AirCraft expand on this interaction in a way that I’ve never seen done before. From simply making fun objects in parks and on mountains to making additions to large structures, AirCraft is both enjoyable and practical. I am so excited to see what I can create with AirCraft in the future.”
By 2020, the Federal Aviation Administration estimates that there will be 7 million hobbyist and commercial drones in the U.S., but drone pilots don’t always have a use for their investment. With active pilots in 50 states and over 60 countries, DroneBase looks to give pilots of all skill levels a fun and useful reason to fly their drones.
For more information about AirCraft, visit the DroneBase blog at: www.dronebase.com/ar.
DroneBase is the largest drone platform that empowers pilots with commercial and creative activities across professional industries. Based in Los Angeles, the company is the trusted, go-to platform for aerial images and data for worldwide enterprise commercial clients across multiple industries such as residential and commercial real estate, insurance, telecommunications, construction, and media. The company was incubated by Y Combinator and has raised more than $5 million in funding from Union Square Ventures, Upfront Ventures, Accel Partners, SV Angel and DJI.
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