You won’t believe how fast YI Technology’s new tri-copter drone can travel

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YI Technology will be debuting an all-new drone at the InterDrone 2016 convention in early September. Called the Yi Erida, this professional-grade drone is capable of traveling at top speeds of 75 miles per hour, according to initial testing.

Sean Da, co-founder and CEO of YI Technology, says the company’s goal is to improve upon the shortcomings of current drones on the market.

“With the launch of YI Erida we are solving three of the biggest barriers to widespread drone adoption: overly complex products, lack of consumer accessibility and short flight time. Like all YI products, YI Erida features the most advanced technology in a simple and intuitive operating system at a competitive price point. Our drone is the culmination of decades of expertise and experience in imaging and aeronautics with a focus on producing a drone that addresses the shortcomings of current market leaders, to exceed the industry standard.”

The YI Erida is unique because of its lightweight design. With a 100% carbon fiber frame and three-rotor design, this helps give the drone its speed and ability to move easily. The design is actually quite unique, allowing for a substantial amount of portability for carrying, well, anywhere. The YI Erida has folding rotors, so you can actually make this drone quite compact during travel.

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Many drone’s you come across also feature a short flight time. Even the professional-grade and pricey DJI Phantom 3 drone can only last 25 minutes in the air; however, YI Technology says that the YI Erida will be able to last a full 40 minutes in the air, according to initial tests.

The new drone doesn’t come with a remote either. It relies entirely on a mobile app. With the app, “users can set the flight mode, choose the height and shooting angle, control takeoff and landing, and check battery status, distance and flight time.” And with an advanced sensor and radar system, the YI Erida can automatically increase its flying height the moment it detects the ground starting to elevate.

And, of course, the drone features a YI 4K Action Camera, allowing for 4K video recording at 30 frames-per-second. It goes without saying, you’ll be able to capture some stunning footage with the Erida.

YI Technology plans to debut the drone during the InterDrone 2016 convention in Las Vegas during the beginning of September; however, pricing and availability won’t be revealed there. The company says that they’ll announce that info “later this year.” In other words, we may not see this drone October or maybe even closer to the holidays.

We’ve got the press release below.

YI Technology to Debut World’s Fastest Tri-Copter Drone at InterDrone 2016

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–YI Technology, the leading, international provider of advanced, intelligent imaging technologies, products, services and platforms, today announced the forthcoming release of YI Erida, the world’s first mainstream, full carbon smart drone equipped with the YI 4K Action Camera. YI’s professional-grade drone is exceptionally fast and agile, reaching speeds of 75 miles per hour in initial tests, and features proven imaging and vision technology in an aerodynamic, three-rotor design. YI Erida will be unveiled at InterDrone, the International Drone Conference and Exhibition, in Las Vegas, September 7-9, 2016. Pricing, availability and final drone and application features will be announced later this year.

“With the launch of YI Erida we are solving three of the biggest barriers to widespread drone adoption: overly complex products, lack of consumer accessibility and short flight time,” said Sean Da, Co-Founder & CEO of YI Technology. “Like all YI products, YI Erida features the most advanced technology in a simple and intuitive operating system at a competitive price point. Our drone is the culmination of decades of expertise and experience in imaging and aeronautics with a focus on producing a drone that addresses the shortcomings of current market leaders, to exceed the industry standard.”

Fly Faster & Longer

Because of its highly durable and lightweight, 100 percent carbon fiber frame and its unique three-rotor design, YI Erida is exceptionally fast and agile, reaching speeds of up to 75 miles per hour and flying for up to 40 minutes in initial tests. The YI Erida features patented, folding rotors offering a compact design that makes it versatile, portable and easy to carry, whether in the backyard or around the world.

Control Tighter & Smarter

YI Erida features intelligent, modern software and sensors, to make maneuvering smarter, simpler and safer. The corresponding YI Erida mobile app draws on YI’s proven track record in simple, user-friendly mobile solutions, making a remote obsolete. From the app on any mobile device, users can set the flight mode, choose the height and shooting angle, control takeoff and landing, and check battery status, distance and flight time. For maximum safety, YI Erida boasts an advanced sensor and radar system with a built-in laser scanner to examine its surroundings, and automatically increase flying height if the ground begins to elevate.

Shoot Sharper & Smoother

YI Erida features the YI 4K Action Camera, the only action camera on the market today that combines 4K video recording at 30 fps, with up to 120 minutes of recording time and an integrated, high-resolution touchscreen. It also offers manual IQ parameters for advanced photographers including shutter, exposure value compensation, level sensitivity, metering mode and white balance. For the smoothest shooting possible, YI Erida offers an advanced gimbal system, which is essential for producing professional-quality footage. YI Erida’s gimbal works seamlessly with the drone, camera and mobile app.

To bring the YI Erida to market, YI is working with Atlas, a team of aerospace engineers and software developers who first caught the attention of market leaders through an Indiegogo campaign in 2015. The two companies bring together civilian- and military-grade aeronautics materials and research with world-class imaging technology in the newest, industry-leading drone.

About YI Technology:

YI Technology is a leading, international provider of advanced, intelligent imaging technologies, products, services and platforms. Its development team consists of industry-leading experts from the US, China, Japan, Israel and Europe with several decades of combined experience in imaging technology, algorithms, data analysis, cloud computing and mobile applications. YI is committed to using innovative technology to make everyday life safer, richer and more fun.

YI believes that the very best imaging and sensing technology should be easy to use and accessible to everyone. With the company’s passion, hard work and commitment to combining the highest quality technology solutions with great value, YI aims to provide millions of users of all ages from every corner of the world with peace of mind, and inspire greater connection between families, friends and communities. For more information visit www.yitechnology.com.


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