The International CES 2019 was held in Las Vegas on the 8th of January this year.
The four day event consummated on the 11th of January and showcased the most advanced and sophisticated of the technology gizmos across all industries. There was 5G on display along with voice controlled gadgets, mood detectors, retractable screens and a plethora of autonomous cars. But our interest is definitely in the drone world. Here’s what unfolded at the CES 2019 in terms of drones.
Drones that charge mid-flight
Battery life is one of the largest impediments as far as modern day drones are concerned. Manufacturers, however, are looking to explore ways to charge drones mid-flight.
Global Energy Transmission has claimed that it has been successful in enabling battery powered drones to fly forever. The drones are made to hover for a few minutes in pre-fitted charging area which is called as GET power hotspot. The drone power hotspots can be fitted at large distances between them along the flight’s path. Once the drone gets to the hotspot, it starts getting recharged thanks to the manufacturer’s wireless power receiving mechanism.
Amazon drone delivery is the hot topic among consumers of drones these days. To be honest, Amazon flattered to deceive this year as all it had to display at this year’s CES was about drone safety. The HS3C team at Amazon is responsible for ensuring compliance with regard to rules and regulations on health, safety, sustainability and security. It collaborated with the Federal Aviation Administration’s team for a presentation on safety.
We are all awaiting Amazon’s drone delivery this year so keeping our fingers crossed.
In addition to the collaboration between FAA and Amazon, there were other representatives from government agencies present at the CES.
The keynote on the 09th of January titled “The New Mobility Revolution” was delivered by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elain L. Chao which in addition to emphasizing on drones also discussed autonomous cars while elaborating on their future prospects and how this revolution is expected to impact transportation.
We are familiar with underwater drones such as the PowerRay drone from the Chinese manufacturer PowerVision and Blueye’s underwater drone. But underwater drones are anticipated to undergo a massive upheaval this year.
Navatics, a company co-founded by engineeres from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, came up with MITO which is a remotely operated water submersible drone. The company claims that the active stabilization algorithm bolsters levels of stability of the video captured underwater. MITO is expected to be available to consumers this March.
Nano, an underwater drone, was also introduced by Sublue which boasts an onboard propeller-motor mechanism along with an underwater balance control system which makes the navigation of underwater vehicles accurate. Sublue also introduced an underwater scooter called as Seabow alongside an electric swimming kickboard for non-swimmers known as Swii.
The application of drones for industrial purposes is going to see a monstrous increase in the days to come. SAGA was introduced by the industrial drone expert GDU which is a lightweight and compact sized drone that has been engineered to support in applications related to public security, firefighting, infrastructure inspection, agriculture and site mapping. SAGA is equipped with a 720p infrared HD camera at its front and offers a flight time of about 35 minutes alongside an ascent speed of 16.4 feet/s and flight speed of 49 feet/s.
Tons of panels
There were tons of experts and professionals who gave their opinions about the latest tech available in the world. There were panels on topics such as drone delivery in retail business and policy and privacy. The panel on flying taxis was able to attract large crowds and had panelists such as Dr. Parimal Kopardekar from NASA who has been at the forefront of the agency’s efforts with regard to air traffic control for drones also known as Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM). Tom Prevot, the Director of Engineering for Airspace Systems at Uber was also present in the panel.
Most of the drone tech was showcased at the Las Vegas Convention Center in South Hall 2.
Here’s a complete list of drone and drone associated companies that showcased their products at this year’s CES.
- 4S Mapper
- Ability Opto-Electronics Technology Co., Ltd.
- AEE Technology Inc.
- Aeva, Inc
- AG Optics Co., Ltd.
- ALX Systems
- Amazon HS3C
- Astral AR
- Autel Robotics
- Beijing Sunshine Int’l. Trade Show Promotion
- CCOIC & CCPIT
- Cepton Technologies Inc.
- Chasing-Innovation Technology Co., Ltd.
- CHUNGNAM NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
- CLIMATE CITY
- Coherent Logix
- Creative Technology
- Dailywell Electronics Co., Ltd.
- Dandelion Air, LLC
- Deseret UAS
- DGL Group
- Dialectic Distribution LLC
- Digital Trends
- DPI, Inc.
- Drone Act
- Drone Analytics
- Drones for Work
- Efficient Power Conversion
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
- F&E Trading
- FLIR Systems Inc.
- Fluidity Technologies
- FOLDAWAY haptics
- GDU-Tech Co., Ltd.
- Global Energy Transmission Co.
- Goertek, Inc.
- Goldex Ltd.
- GoPro, Inc.
- Guangdong Attop Technology Co., Ltd.
- Guangzhou Childhood Technology Co.,Ltd
- Guilin Feiyu Technology Incorporated Co., Ltd.
- Hardware Club
- Higher Ground LLC
- Hirose Electric Co., Ltd.
- HiSilicon Technologies Co., Ltd.
- Hixon (Shenzhen) Technology Limited
- InnoMaps Corp
- Innoviz Technologies Ltd.
- International Supplies
- IonTerra Transportation and Aviation Technologies
- JOYDRONE Co., Ltd.
- Kai Deng International Industrial Ltd.
- Kunshan Pugongying Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd
- Lau International Distribution Pte Ltd
- Light&Magic Technologies Ltd.
- Lilliput Electronics (USA) Inc.
- Litra LLC
- Lume Cube LLC
- M D Enterprises
- MAD Gaze Limited
- Micro-Ant LLC
- Microsystems Co., Ltd.
- E.M. Electronics Corp.
- Navatics Technology Ltd.
- Navitas Semiconductor
- Nidec Corporation
- Notilo Plus SAS
- OAXIS Asia Pte Ltd.
- Oceanalpha Company Limited
- PixArt Imaging
- PowerPhoto Corp
- PowerSphyr Inc.
- Powervision Robot Corp.
- ProLogium Technology Co., Ltd.
- Regulus Cyber
- Robby Technology
- Rochester Precision Optics
- Ryder System, Inc.
- SAMIL CDS
- Sba loan group
- Sejong University
- SHAOXING SHANGYU TIANYA PHOTOGRPHIC FACTORY
- Shenzhen AreoX Technologies Co., Ltd.
- Shenzhen CNest Electronics Technology Co., Ltd.
- Shenzhen Geneinno Technology Co., Ltd.
- Shenzhen Gten Innovation Technology Co., Ltd.
- Shenzhen High Great Innovation Technology Developm
- Shenzhen Honcell Energy Co., Ltd.
- Shenzhen LeveTop Technology Co.,Ltd
- Shenzhen Melasta Battery Co.,Ltd
- Shenzhen Qi Yuan Science and Technology Co., Ltd.
- Shenzhen Simtoo Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd.
- Shenzhen Top-Peak Electronics Co., Ltd.
- Shenzhen Topsky Technology Industrial Limited
- Shenzhen Vxfly Intelligent Information Technology
- Shenzhen Weccan Toys Co., Ltd.
- Shenzhen Xiangnong Innovation Technology Co., Ltd.
- Shida Battery Technology Co., Ltd.
- SiLC Technologies, Inc
- Sony Electronics Inc.
- SOS Lab. Co. Ltd.
- Sublue Underwater AI Co., Ltd.
- Sunflower Labs
- Sunny Opotech North America Inc.
- Swellpro Technology Co., Ltd.
- Switzerland Pavilion
- Taoglas USA, Inc.
- TDK Corporation
- Tenergy Corporation
- The Tiffen Company
- this is engineering Inc.
- T-Mobile Tech Experience Truck
- Total & Uavia
- Trade Commission of Spain – ICEX
- TriLumina Corp.
- TRINAMIC Motion Control
- Unicore Communications Inc.
- Union Group
- University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- UVify, Inc.
- Viatek Consumer Products Group
- ViShare Technology Limited
- Xiamen Leading Optics Co., Ltd.
- Xilinx Inc.
- Xvisio Technology
- Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.
- Yape S.r.l.
- Youcan Robotics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
- Yuneec USA Inc.