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Airlango’s Mystic drone takes on DJI with nifty AI tech

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A drone funded through a Kickstarter campaign is offering users a host of AI features that may make it an attractive and cheaper alternative to some of DJI’s offerings.

Airlango is a Beijing-based startup that began in 2015. Through Kickstarter their UAV the ‘Mystic’ raised €50,000 ($58,400), far exceeding their €25,000 ($29,200) goal.

What features stand out for the Mystic?

The Airlango has packed its UAV with a raft of AI including:

  • 3D recognition technology that helps it recognise people, plants and objects
  • 3D tracking to track users autonomously
  • Owner recognition to keep users at center of the shot
  • Reactivity to six different hand signals with a super fast response time
  • Object avoidance software
  • Safari mode: the drone explores an area of up to 200 meters and takes photos of “objects of interest”

Abridged Mystic specs

(For more detailed info check out their page)

Attuned users might notice that the Airlango Mystic looks more than a little similar to the DJI Mavic Air. The Mystic is a similiar size and weight to the Mavic Air and its propellers are also foldable.

The DJI Mavic Air.

Specs:

Camera:

12MP camera, 4K video at 30fps, 32GB flash storage

Battery life:

30 minutes (according to manufacturer once its optimised). Tests from CNet have thus far yielded a 27 minute flight time. That’s greater than the Mavic’s 20 minutes.

Mystic can achieve a full charge in 50 minutes

Processor:

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 – a cutting edge mobile processor.

Controller:

Can be controlled through either a dedicated controller or with smartphone.

Flight:

The below CNET review points out that the Mystic doesn’t have as many stablilizers as the Mavic Air, meaning the filming can be a little more jerky. We’d have to test ourselves to verify this.

Where can I get one and how much will it cost?

You can back the project on Kickstarter now and you’ll have one of these drones to yourself for just $459 (for early orders). It’s available in a range of colors and they are set for delivery anywhere in the world from November. If you don’t wanna buy it from Kickstarter, the page indicates they intend for the Mystic to retail for $699. We haven’t yet had a hands-on look at the Mystic but as soon as we do, we’ll let you know. As with any Kickstarter project, buyer beware that there are risks involved.

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