Tuesday, February 16, 2016

CES 2016: DJI Phanton 3 (My favorite of the lot, so far)

I think I may have found my drone.

Mentioned in the slide show, The 2016 CES Report: The Trend Behind the Trend.  (Innovation Excellence)

But first, some research.

Want To Buy a Drone? – 5 Things You Should Know Before You Buy.  (myfirstdrone.com, 10/19/2015)
  1. Not all drones are easy to fly
    • flight controller inside keeps it stable
    • price vs. ease-of-use curve (0 to 10 from $0 to $1000)
    • lists 4 of the easiest to fly drones
  2. Not all drones are ready to fly
    • RTF = ready to fly, no assembly or setup required
    • BNF = bind-and-fly, assembled but no controller
    • ARF = almost ready to fly, a quadcopter kit
  3. You need to make investments upfront
    • controller
    • charger
    • research (don't rush your purchase)
  4. There's a ton of places to buy from (includes 10 recommendations_
  5.  You need to be party of a drone community (list of 8 recommended online forums)
This review currently has a 3.3 out of 5 stars rating.  I wonder if some of the reviewers are know-it-all dicks.  (Sometimes people will even look down on you, just because you asked a stupid question.  As noted in section 5.)

Next stop:  For Dummies.

As for reviews, the standard model currently has a 4.3 rating at Amazon.

At least one person didn't do any research.  Best impulse buy ever.

The advanced model, higher up on the price vs. ease-of-use curve does a little better.

Bottom line:  Still need to raise my confidence level before making a purchase.  My impulse-purchase days are long gone.

Related CES 2016  posts:
Netatmo welcome home security camera.  (2/13/2016)
Volkswagen BUDD-e concept.  (2/11/2016)
Samsung Gear S2 smart watch.  (2/10/2016)
Intel Xiaomi Ninebot.  (2/9/2016)
360 Fly 350 degree action camera.  (2/9/2016)
Ricoh Theta S spherical camera.  (2/8/2016)
GoSun solar stove.  (2/8/2016)
Immersit 4D  motion furniture.  (2/7/2016)
Spün smart utensils.  (2/7/2016)
Grillbot or grill brush.  (2/6/2016)
Flip Pal Plus mobile scanner.  (2/6/2016)
ThinOPTICS reading glasses.  (2/5/2016)
My ears were initially all in for this gadget (Earin).  (2/5/2016)
Are you Ditto-worthy?  (2/4/2016)
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ODG R-7 smartglasses.  (1/24/2016)
Withings Thermo smart thermometer.  (1/24/2016)
SensorWake alarm clock (you'll need to lobby for bacon).  (1/23/2016)
Dear Panasonic, This transparent LCD display promo does not fill me with anticipation and excitement.  (1/18/2016)
All, if not much more, than most of us will ever need to know about the Vert wearable jump tracker.  (1/17/2016)  Be George Jetson: Ehang 184 AAV drone at CES2016.  (1/14/2016)
Virtual reality porn ('full immersion for the adult experience').  (1/14/2016)
'Crazy, trippy' OLED rollable TV.  (1/14/2016)
ModiFace mirror.  (1/14/2016)
A personal bartender available in multiple colors.  (1/10/2016)
Wearable translator.  (1/10/2016)
Samsung KS9500 SUHD 4K TV with stunning natural curves.  (1/8/2016)
Be your own home brewer the easy way with Pico Brew Micro Brewer.  (1/8/2016)
Daqri smart helmet.  (1/8/2016)
This shower head tells you when your time is up.  (1/7/2016)
According to this HairMax instructional video, 82 medical-grade lasers will put a smile on your face.  (1/6/2016)
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