The real kicker behind this drone is that its amount of sensors and ability to navigate autonomously is unmatched when compared to other drones. Yes, I know, there are drones like AirDog and HEXO+ that offer autonomous flying. However, these drones don't really have any sort of obstacle avoidance technology. They're just built to follow their user around hoping they won't hit anything along the way. eXom, on the other hand, uses a full range of sensors to understand its surrounding environment.
We've contacted SenseFly to get some specifics on how eXom is capable of avoiding obstacles mid-flight. Here's what they told us. eXom is equipped with five "vision" sensors that allow the pilot to see in five different directions. Working in harmony with the vision sensors, five ultra-sonic sensors give distance feedback to the pilot. This allows the pilot to have an understand of how close eXom is to nearby objects and to see what's going on.
In addition to those sensors, eXom has built in proximity warnings that alert the pilot of nearby danger. eXom is also equipped with carbon-fiber prop protectors to absorb impact if there's any surface contact.
Now lets dig into the what this drone really has to offer. An onboard auto-pilot head houses an HD camera for taking video and ultra-HD stills. Thermal data can also be recorded with the drone's thermal camera. eXom's front-facing head also self-stabilizes when in close contact with objects. 270 degrees of motion also allow for the head to tilt completely upwards. SenseFly states that this is "crucial for challenging tasks such as inspecting underside of a bridge."
It's already clear that this drone may not appeal to those looking to shoot some action footage. Instead, this drone is targeted more towards professional and field use. I'm digging the nature-inspired features!
Judging by the teaser, we estimate that this drone will release in a couple of months. Its price tag is still unknown but we project it to be well over $1,000.