The consumer drone age arrives

Check out DJI's +Eric Cheng (he's director of aerial photography at DJI, which just released this new quadcopter) showing me the new Phantom 2 Vision Plus. 

DJI's announcement is at https://plus.google.com/u/0/+Scobleizer/posts/XzUXY9dfEa9

My first video is up at https://plus.google.com/+Scobleizer/posts/bGTiUCJmun5

A second, unedited, no-audio video is up here: http://youtu.be/tzlHRlCcfOY This one shows a full flight and also shows +Eddie Codel's quadcopter, which is a 3DRobotics Iris model with a GoPro and a 2-axis gimbal.
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you should bring it to Coachella.  :)
 
What differentiates a "drone" from a remote controlled aircraft?
 
Good, simple summary of what a drone is as a subset of remotely piloted vehicles!
 
My roomate just got one and the videos are great, especially the crashes.
 
As far as video quality goes, do you think that camera system competes with a gopro on a gimbal?
 
I wanted one to dive down into the kelp beds with a camera.
 
Slap a solar cell array on top and this thing could go for hours.
 
When you say consumer drone what exactly does that mean? 
 
I just saw him fly it at ShowStoppers here in Vegas before NAB starts tomorrow. It's very cool. Uploading video soon over on +24k Media.
 
This could turn into an environmental problem...
 
it's 1 year and half we use and we know it ! Quite in late ! ;-)
 
How do you get around all the FAA regulations against flying drones?
 
Thanks +Robert Scoble, I'm forwarding this to my cousin, a photographer and graphic designer for a number of surf publications in Australia. 
 
can the camera be swapped for the one on the vision 2, so dont have to buy whole new unit just camera
 
I bought the Phantom Vision 2 in October and most of my time has been spent worrying about fly-aways before winter hit. Now they offer the + with nothing about upgrades for current users. When it breaks I will purchase another brand that has some customer loyalty. I am not here to beta test; if I spend this much money I expect something in return.
 
Robert,
           What I was referring to was not free.  Sending out an email the day before release saying
 "W are sorry for the issues with the Vision 2 and the concerns it caused it owners.  Send $$ and your Vision 2 and we will upgrade it to the Vision 2 plus, or you can purchase the do-it-yourself kit."  

DJI could have done this without a huge amount of resources, and made customers feel like the product is supported.  As I said I feel like this was a Beta release.
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