Surfing drones: surfers' eyes in the sky

The GoPro surf camera empire will launch a surfing drone in 2015.

The inaugural edition of the multirotor helicopter drone will retail for between $500-$1,000. The aerial eye by GoPro will directly compete with DJI, a brand that features its high-quality cameras in a wide range of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).

The company founded by Nick Woodman wants to change the way people get stunning aerial footage by introducing a GoPro drone with GoPro lenses, despite the uncertainty behind additional legislation involving these portable helicopters.

The surfing drone market is still pretty much at an early stage. Although UAVs work fine, they lack autonomy. A modern multirotor can only fly between 15 and 25 minutes.

Five major drone brands control more than 90% of the sales: DJI, Hubsan, Parrot, UDI, and 3D Robotics. However, it is likely that the lightweight helicopter segment will dramatically cut prices in the next couple of years as GoPro enters the competitive scene.

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