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Augmented reality and drones? Sounds like a good time

Edgybees, an augmented reality technology company, launched today a new augmented reality mobile app for use with DJI drones, including the Phantom 3, the Phantom 4 and the Mavic Pro.

Developed using DJI’s software development kit, the 'Drone Prix' augmented reality app allows users to hone their drone flying skills in an immersive way.

The aim of the game is to pilot the drone through a virtual obstacle course while collecting prizes and avoiding obstructions. The high-score leaderboard allows users to compete for ranked positions for best performance, most points, and fastest time.

Flying a drone already kind of feels like playing a video game, and that’s what Edgybees wanted to capitalise on to create fun combined experience explains Menashe Haskin, CTO of Edgybees.

“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,” he says.

“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 can be downloaded to the user’s smartphone. Once the drone, remote controller and mobile app are synced up,, the user will get the drone’s camera view on their app. They can then simply select the course and start flying.

Taehyun Moon, DJI director of brand management, says that supporting startups is mutually beneficial for both sides.

"DJI's support for the startup and developer communities has not only meant creation of new usage applications, but also new business opportunities," he says.

"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 app is now available for download on the App Store and Play Store.

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