South Korean revolution on the market of mini-drones. Browse the world’s first combat drone – quadrocopters Byrobot Drone Fighter
The world’s first combat drones – the South Korean company quadrocopters Byrobot, most likely, will not leave indifferent not only to the majority of fans of radio-controlled models, but also those who for the first time take up a joystick. With drones Byrobot possible not only to fly and practice complex aerobatics, but also to conduct full dogfights. Due at least three unique features quadrocopters Byrobot stand out from all that is now offering the market the rest of the drones.
Firstly, the management first made so easy for beginners that training takes no more than 10 minutes. What is called “unpacked and flew.” Such simplicity has been achieved thanks to the “automatic transmission” (a unique feature for a class of “mini-drone”) and an advanced system of automatic stabilization. Do not be distracted by the traction control and the speed of flight, everything is simple – as in computer games. It is reasonable to give an example: if the other drones are equipped with a manual transmission, the Byrobot Drone Fighter – the world’s first drone quadrocopter regime “machine”. Secondly, Byrobot – the world’s first combat ecosystem for full tournament-fights between drones. Drones can be up to 40 (!!!) in two teams, and thanks to the infrared guns, combo system – attacks, as well as the black box on board quadrocopters creates the effect of “full immersion” in the management of drones. And finally, third: a fully modular design, durable and repairable, allows for a few minutes to replace any broken parts and continue the flight. You can buy your own and set every element – from the blades to the motor, the casing and motherboard. It does not need any soldering, not even a screwdriver. In addition, on Byrobot can be independently connected to additional modules, for example, HD-camera. Before reading the review is to see a promo video with a demonstration of the main “chip» Byrobot:
With the advent of the market of compact and durable drones – quadrocopters “barriers to entry” in this hobby has become very low. And not so much for the money, how much of the necessary skills. In fact, the market for so-called RTF-models (from Ready to Fly, that is, ready to fly out of the box) opened control drones for people who do not want to be friends with a soldering iron, study setting Flight controllers and … crash-crash-crashing collected with work model. But at the same time “quadric” become much more boring. A week or two, and in the worst case, and did a couple of days – a new toy and went to a cabinet or on a shelf. But all this is not about the heroes of our story.
Learning to fly in minutes
One of the main “chip» Byrobot is the most simple operation, which provides the “automatic transmission” and fully automatic electronic stabilization system. All this allows you to confidently fly in the first minutes of acquaintance with Byrobot Drone Fighter. Actually settle for ten minutes. And as soon as you feel the strength, you can disable the functions of the “automatic transmission” and give free rein to your piloting skills in expert mode, with the ability to perform a somersault (it is “dead loop”). It is the convenience and flexibility of control allows me to recommend a drone is not only those who are interested in the battle mode, but for those planning to just fly alone. Even as “just quadrocopters” This model is very interesting. So I immediately ran to the first flight of the drone. The most interesting unique feature – automatic transmission, with classic hardware if the throttle stick stays where you leave him here – centered springs. This allows not to think about where and when “subjects gas”, but simply to control the drone in the “rise” and “decline. Turn off engine by a special button on the remote control, planting – fully automatic. While in other models, “threw” gas – then got out of control down the drone incident. Also, do not need to “readability” of gas during sudden maneuvers, lifting capacity increases automatically. But for a really experienced pilots have expert mode, where many of the functions of the electronic “brain” of disabled. Expert mode removes the restriction of a maximum speed of screws and introduces a more aggressive curves responsiveness sticks. In other words, the drone is becoming much more nimble and forgiving characteristic of beginners. Again, the difference between a novice and an expert – only in reflexes, and it’s just a matter of time. So do not assume that if you do not get to fly in the advanced mode at once, you can not do that ever. Through instructional videos, training in a simulator (of it will be discussed below), as well as intuitive flight training process flows easily, even in expert mode. As befits any apparatus for the money, Byrobot has a 6-axis stabilization. But what is really new in terms of simplification of operations, since it is the payment of gas and headless mode. I do not think, where the copter nose and tail: The direction is set relative to the position of the user. No, the “headless mode” is not new, but still a year and a half ago, it was to be found solely on the drones are much more high-end and far more frightening price tags (thousands of 30 rubles). It is also possible to recall even a little joke, the fact that the pilot of the drone – one of the most promising professions. Of course, nobody will wish to become a pilot of the combat drone, consuming other people’s lives. But the peaceful application range kvadro-, hexane and other copter just huge. Score of lives saved in search operations using drones, already underway for dozens, several major companies to seriously test small logistics using drones.And as a space for environmental monitoring provides the technology! So, you never know, suddenly piloting skills through some five years will serve you well. Another unusual feature Byrobot Drone Fighter’a – the presence of USB-connector on quadrocopters and remote, and the ability to connect to a PC to update the firmware and simulator training in the company (!).The last “trick” is particularly surprising, since such functionality is in the Flight controllers, which themselves are worth about $ 100; here for the full amount offered entirely drone. In addition, drones have a black box or flight data recorder, which allows you to analyze the flight after all the accumulated information (statistics of victories, defeats and so forth.)
Simulator, basically, the thing is very useful for anyone flying technique, as it allows to turn out reflexes, without consuming the resource engine, battery, and without the risk of launch drone into an uncontrolled flight for all 150 meters, to which “finishes” equipment (joystick control) quadrocopters Byrobot. By the way, when you break a link with a joystick drone sits down automatically.
However, enough of the usual flights. As mentioned above, the main one really unique features Byrobot Drone Fighter – is the ability to command the fighting between drones. The idea that underlies the battle ecosystem Byrobot, at first glance it seems simple. Its essence is to give the opportunity to carry out these dogfights. Like Warthunder or World of Warplanes, only really, in the real world. And Byrobot Drone Fighter for 6890 rubles – is generally the world’s first aerial drones to support battles.After reviewing the specifications and, especially, by holding quadrocopters Byrobot Drone Fighter in your hands, you realize that the practical implementation of this toy really is a serious engineering and a lot of work. The real “combat drone – quadrocopters» Byrobot system does infrared guns emitters (there are two things on the nose) and the receiver (in the tail).The emitter has a limited “charge” several “rockets”, and each fixed receiver “hit” takes away from an enemy drone a “life.” Life appear as Heath-bar on the control equipment (ie Joystick). Each hit temporarily disables control drone , remote vibrates, flashes copter team color (red or blue), and for a split second it loses control. On exhaustion of lives defeated drone sits on autopilot to the ground. I must say that it looks very realistic, and, having mastered a game then run arcade combat simulator on the computer just does not want to. Rather, there is a desire to collect more players, and make not a duel one on one battle and a battle command team (up to 40 people – 20 to 20!). By the way, the shots from the infrared “guns” have spread. That is, a real attack to knock out a couple of goals at once. “But that’s not all” – I say, voice advertising agent! Drone supports combo attacks (a special combination on the remote control, as in the console fighting games), which cause damage to the enemy complex, for example, temporarily inverting control quadrocopters or at times increasing the sensitivity of the controls (the slightest movement of the joystick blows Byrobot far afield). Inverness to five, you can see, for example, here:
And after the battle, you can connect the remote to your computer and Byrobot program simulator view detailed statistics: hits, shots, special attacks. In general, all as in a computer game, only for real.
The modular design
Most important for the user, giving a significant amount to realize that investing is not lost at the first beautiful (crash). And if something happens without a screwdriver will be easy to replace any part of a couple of minutes. Defense, blades, motor, even the motherboard itself (it can be ordered through the Help Desk byrobot). It gives us the opportunity Byrobot Drone Fighter – this is his third unique feature. At least in the class of mini-drones this just no one else has – and large quadrocopters with replaceable blades and protection, as a rule, dismantle long and not without the help of a screwdriver. Byrobot Drone Fighter – this is a very lightweight (33 grams) of quadrics 128 mm frame. Thus, it is not mikroklass which is completely out of control in the street, but still not 250-mm class that represents a serious threat to the furniture, chandeliers, and even the user’s fingers.Selecting quadrocopters form factor is really important for the activity both indoors and outdoors – it’s very easy to get any unruly or dangerous machinery. Security and reliability in the design paid a lot of attention, all the plastic model flexible and resilient, especially to protect propellers and blades themselves, Flight Controller covered canopy (removable shower), a spare screws are included. Each beam with motor and electronics can be replaced in the collection, if it is suddenly broken. Feet for a soft landing on the rays, too, are they, like the Canopus – removable. Experienced pilots often use such an opportunity to minimize weight and improve handling model. Appearance at the drone – a toy. In this context, it is good, especially given the ever increasing social anxiety about the drones. So, the big toy looks like your “combat” quadrocopter, the less likely that it will cause an unhealthy interest in others. Let’s just say: fly with his own 450-mm unit, I try as far as possible from the people, but the fleet of small models (which, incidentally, recently successfully replaced the hero of the review) is used by me at any time and almost anywhere (not drone have to be postponed for the winter). Byrobot Drone Fighter perfect control not only for the open spaces, but also for building a medium-sized, for example, a conventional apartment. Destroy anything in the living room – for example, to break a vase – it is due to the size and weight of the incapable. Rays quadrocopters equipped with a multi-colored backlit diode, diode as much as 40 in the model. It is very convenient for orientation in space, to separate its drone drone of enemy (remember, you can fight not only the “one on one”, but in teams of at least 20 people each). Yes, and just beautiful, especially at night. If someone believes that such a “garland” quickly puts the battery, then hasten to disappoint (or good news) in comparison with the power of engines even 100 diodes – nothing, and even if they disconnect, squeeze out quadrocopters more than 10 minutes in the air is not out. However, thanks to the power drone battery life in general is not a problem. Flight Controller, who is also due to the PCB quality, – the basic chassis models, executed just fine. Accurate soldering and wiring, high-quality components. The company, remember, South Korea. Its founder Sangqu Ji – the leader of the team, which for several years has developed all of the projects of the Institute of flying robots KITECH (Korea Institute of Industrial Technology). Professional drones produced by this institute, used by South Korean intelligence services, military agencies, medical institutions, rescue service agencies and public corporations. Perhaps all this lies part of the answer to the question why Byrobot looks and feels better than a similar-sized cheap Chinese drones. I do not say “analog”, because just with counterparts Byrobot Drone Fighter in the market is very tight. Under the board Flight Controller has a removable elastic suspension for battery – exactly the same as in the control. Replacing the battery takes just a couple of seconds.
A little bit about nutrition
The standard supplied battery two, they charged by USB around half an hour. But you can buy a set of enhanced charging four batteries (2490 rubles), which will charge the
Accessories and equipment
As usual, the drone can be installed on HD-camera (sold separately for 3 990 rubles). Recording is on microSD card, though all perfectly clear that the pictures from the camera GoPro level that could raise 33 grams quadrocopter not get. But their “native” camera he “drags” without any problems and without the loss of flight qualities – it is so easy. I personally think that the “combat” drone – it is not about the aerial photography in general. On the other hand, who has no desire to play the spy, or, for example, shoot neighbor girls 🙂 I have already mentioned AC charger for batteries of four, for which will have to pay 2500 rubles. And that, in principle, fully adequate amenities that creates such an accessory. After charged batteries in it several times faster (10 minutes instead of 30), and immediately a whole bunch (4 pieces), whereas the standard USB-charger only works with one battery. Set of two drones, which immediately will allow to conduct the battle will cost 12,990 rubles, ie, you can save about a thousand rubles compared to buying devices separately. There is also the “stuffed” kit, which includes the addition of two drones network charging and seven batteries – give 14,000 rubles, and you have the opportunity to conduct aerial battles all day long.
m all together in just 10 minutes. The average flight time from a single charge – also 10 minutes. For the most quadrocopters and controller use the same batteries. However, much more economical control of the drone, and in his case, a charge lasts more than an hour.
Flying in the “Expert Mode”, the development of maneuvers and battles over time begin to literally shape the brain new neuronal connections. And believes that the reflexes control model aircraft anywhere else will not be useful, it would be a mistake. Enough fresh study of psychophysiology laboratory of Moscow State University in 2012 showed that even a few hours in some new sphere of activity for the person not only change the nature of the activity of the brain, but also have a positive effect on his (brain) structures. And the more intense process, the faster formation of new connections. You literally feel it physically, switching from a simple control mode to expert. The brain will have to make decisions with triple speed, cycling all the possibilities for spatial thinking. Raises the bar even higher, call a friend on the air duel. And then the head starts to work “in full”, especially if the motor skills and reflexes already honed and you can finally think about the strategy of combat and the use of “combo attacks”. Byrobot parents should evaluate: divert normal teenager from computer and console games chess impossible. But with the fighting game quadrocopters – simply because the activity really exciting. The child will no longer spoil the sight from the screen, the posture of sitting motionless in front of the monitor, select in the fresh air and to communicate with their peers. And all this – with the continuous development of the brain, logic, kinesthetic (spatial thinking) and so forth.
As a result, the world’s first combat drone – quadrocopter Byrobot Drone Fighter can only be described in a positive way. It features simple operation (due to an automatic transmission and advanced electronic stabilization system) – even a beginner will master ten minutes. The design is completely modular drone – a couple of minutes it really disassemble and replace any part with your bare hands (without soldering iron and screwdriver) A replacement battery (for remote control and universal quadrocopters) and takes all of 5 seconds. That is not a “one-off toy that broke while learning to drive, and threw” – a quality maintainable unit. Well, the most important and unique, of course, is the ability to conduct air combat – alone or team to team, a scoring display on the remote “hit points” and five special moves. In Byrobot Drone Fighter ideal for both indoor and outdoor size – will not be blown away by wind in the open, and not exactly snesesh chandeliers, vases, TVs and decided to practice flights in the apartment. The device is manufactured in South Korea and sold in the Russian official representative . So, unlike the Chinese craft with AliExpress, users will have full technical support and one year warranty. And as a bonus – can not buy on the website of the same Russian representation of any spare parts (blades, protection, motor, even the motherboard) and additional accessories – spare batteries, fast charger for 4 batteries and hinged HD-camera. Compare Byrobot Drone Fighter with typical children’s toy helicopter from the shop:
|Byrobot Drone Fighter||Chinese vertolёtik|
|Possibility of dogfighting||There are up to 40 drones in 2 teams||No, as a class|
|Possibility to purchase spare parts for repair||There are: a broken any of the drone can buy and install at home in 2 minutes||No: the helicopter broke – run to the store for a new|
|Stability flight||High: flies wherever he is ordered with the joystick.There is an automatic gearbox to stabilize the speed of flight||Low: helicopter flies wherever he wanted to, and not a pilot|
|Easy to operate||Maximum – where the pilot say to the drone and fly||Helicopter behaves the way he wants to control it all really little|
|Control||Remote hardware with sticks and Vibration Feedback.Hardware sticks have automatic centering – as joysticks on consoles||Remote hardware with sticks|
|Battery life||10 minutes (plus you can buy any number of additional batteries – at least 100 pieces, and each will run for 10+ minutes)||5-10 minutes (battery built-in, can not be replaced)|
|The batteries in the remote||Universal Battery comes, and fit to the console, and drone||4-6 AA batteries, which should not buy|
|Camera||You can buy branded HD-camera||No camera|
|Price||6890 rubles||2 000-4 000|