The Ghost Drone is a wind and rain resistant Indiegogo project drone aimed at filmmakers, photographers, sports enthusiasts, travelers and adventurers, GoPro owners and first time and experienced drone pilots.
It is controlled by a smartphone app (either iOS or Android operating systems) where you can click on a map and the drone will go to that position; the map can be downloaded in advance. The app also has a number of one-click commands including take off, hover, return and land. Two sliding bars can be used to control the height and orientation of the drone; while another two control the camera gimbal with one tilting the camera up and down while the other pans it left and right. It’s micro control feature allows more precise movement of the drone over small distances. The Auto-Follow mode keeps the drone following the smart phone. If the drone exceeds 0.6 mile limit or the signal is lost it will return to its place of origin.
The app communicates with the drone via a G-box system, with the app communicating with the G-box via bluetooth while the G-box communicates with the drone via a wireless radio.
Other developments at higher Indiegogo targets include integration with a waterproof smartwatch and controlling the drone by tilting the smartphone, while obstacle avoidance will be available in future versions.
- Up to 20 mins flight time with the gimbal
- 10 mph (restricted) flight speed
- Up to 0.6 miles control distance
- Wind resistance up to 21 knot (11m/s)
- iOS and Android apps
- Propeller protectors
The Ghostdrone comes in 3 seperate versions, only two of which have a camera gimbal:
- Ghost Basic (£430) – No camera gimbal.
- Ghost Aerial (£550) – 2-axis gimbal designed for GoPro and similar cameras.
- Ghost Aerial Plus (£559) – 2-axis gimbal and Ehang Sports camera.
An RC controller can be purchased for an extra $99. Another optional extra are prop guards to protect both the system and what is may be flying near, and photos on the site seem to suggest that the mini legs attached to them can be used to replace the main landing gear, this would allow a greater field of view.
The Ghost Drone is marketed as the easiest done to fly, and the flight controls within the app will certainly enable many autonmated movements with one button click.
The propellors of the system are pointing down rather than up (unlike other systems), this is believed to provide more stable flight.
The fact that the Ghost Drone is wind and rain resistant means that is can be used in conditions that would ground other systems.
As with other systems, the follow-me technology will allow the easy recording of video site tours.
The Ghost Drone comes with an SDK (Software Development Kit) which has already been used by one of the users to create voice interface which can be used to control the drone.
The Ghost Drone is limited to the abilities of smaller cameras.
The system does not come with an RC controller, although it is an optional extra for $99.
Although you can purchses prop guards the manufacturer suggests removing tham during filming as they destabilise the system in flight.