Drone Racing: The hottest new craze for gamers, geeks and nerds?
And why not? It sure looks like fun!!! ABC News Australia offers a peek into the world of underground quadcopter racing, a growing sport in the land down under where pilots use special goggles that stream a live feed from tiny camera to allow the pilot to race in the first-person-view. The pilots are able to control the drones as if they were actually sitting inside of them, whizzing around at 60 miles-per-hour.
First Person View (FPV) Racing is currently considered one of the next big things, gaining in popularity and there are even talks about even becoming a full-blown organized sport. Judging from the videos, it’s not too difficult to see why.
“It’s like playing a video game. It’s fast. The more you do it the more you want to fly,” said drone hobbyist Darren French. “It’s definitely becoming a sport as we start to race more, [and in more places]. Like any sport, it evolves, so I’m looking forward to it becoming more professional.” And in fact, it already has been: the U.S. will host its first National FPV Drone Championships in July – a competition that boasts a $10,000 grand prize.
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