Augmented reality (AR) technology company Edgybees has launched a mobile app called Drone Prix AR that’s compatible with DJI drones like the Phantom 3, the Phantom 4 and the Mavic Pro.
Created using DJI’s software development kit (SDK), Drone Prix AR allows users, especially new drone pilots, to master their skills in a fun, safe and immersive way. Similar to the DJI GO 4 App, once the drone, remote controller and mobile app are connected, the user will get the drone’s camera view on their app, after which they can then select a course and start flying.
The game enables users to fly their drone through a virtual obstacle course while collecting prizes and avoiding obstacles on route. Experienced drone pilots can compete over the best performance, points and time for a place in the high-score leaderboard with other drone pilots around the world.
“When we first came up with the idea for this app, we wanted to create a new experience for pilots combining the joys of flying with the thrills of gamification. The Drone Prix AR app is really the first augmented reality social game designed specifically to do just that,” said Menashe Haskin, Edgybees CTO & Co-Founder in a statement. “In contrast with flight simulators, Drone Prix AR provides a much more immersive experience that combines virtual obstacles with real-life piloting skills. DJI’s Mobile SDK allowed us to bring our idea to life very quickly and we are really excited to see how this app will change the way people experience flying a drone.”
Drone Prix AR features single-player and multiplayer modes where users can race against the clock to beat their previous score or compete with other players around the world to make it onto the leaderboard. Over 30 different obstacle courses are included, with varying difficulties suitable for novice to experienced pilots. There’s also a Flight Assistant option with track guiding to assist pilots in the 3D space.
“DJI’s support for the startup and developer communities has not only meant creation of new usage applications, but also new business opportunities,” said Taehyun Moon, DJI’s Director of Brand Management. “The Drone Prix app is one of the many great examples of how our SDK has opened doors to new creative possibilities and expanded developers’ ability to build exciting new custom applications.”
The Drone Prix AR app is available to download now on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
VRFocus will continue its coverage relating to the latest AR developments, so stay tuned for further announcements.