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DJI's Spark Hand-Gestures Drone Unveiled

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By    |   Thursday, 25 May 2017 10:09 AM

DJI has unveiled its new Spark drone that can be flown by using hand gestures with new technology that could make current remote controllers less needed.

DJI, the Shenzhen, China-based company with offices in the United States and other countries, built the new mini-drone. It will be available in June for $499. With the hand gestures, the Spark can fly within 10 feet and can be used for things like selfies and group shots from above, USA Today reported.

The Spark can fly about 100 yards away with a smartphone app from DJI and 1.24 miles away with a remote control, USA Today said. DJI showed off the Spark in live streaming event Wednesday, which was viewed on YouTube more than 135,000 times since.

"DJI made a name for itself with its chunky flying Phantom drones, but within the last year we've seen the company really embrace the value of smallness," noted Chris Velazco, a writer with the tech website Engadget.

"… DJI likes to call the Spark the 'perfect lifestyle accessory,' which sounds like a stretch if we've ever heard one, but the company might not be totally off-base. After all, the Spark weighs less than a can of pop, comes in five colors, and can be controlled (at least a little) with simple hand gestures," Velazco added.

The Spark carries an image sensor a little larger than a cellphone camera and can produce 1080p HD video and 12 megapixel photographs, USA Today reported. The company said that the drone is also small enough to fit in a purse or backpack.

"As if that weren’t enough, DJI also equipped the drone with a slew of environmental sensors that allow it to sense and react to its surroundings autonomously," noted Drew Prindle, a writer with Digital Trends.

"… According to DJI, Spark has a max speed of 31 miles per hour, and can stay airborne for about 16 minutes on a full charge. Range varies depending on your control style," Prindle continued.

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