Over the last couple of years, it seems that drones have become the go-to tool for all manner of applications. Now, drones are invading the biking world.
A French make, Hexo Plus, is touting its drone’s ability to get Hollywood-style action shots of not just bikers, but athletes generally. The drones are small, as the photo shows, and a GoPro camera is easily attached.
It’s also easily controlled, by swiping a simple iPhone app. The drone can do a 360 overhead, and keep up with a rider while doing it. It can zoom up on a rider from behind, and soar past.
If you have a GoPro of your own that you take on bike rides, you might be open to putting it on a drone. It would sure supply a new variety of shots, and put you in them, rather than having a helmet-mounted camera shoot the approaching road.
On the other hand, to me, the drone seems like overkill. I know how my rides went. If I’m desperate to remember them, I can snap a photo or two, and that will be enough. Besides, I’m kind of a minimalist biker, and although I did give in to the Strava craze last year, I can easily pass up a drone. The Hexo Plus, for those of you who can’t, can be pre-ordered on their website for $1,200.
There is a cheaper alternitive — hatch a duck egg. When it pops out, and sees you; you da momma! It will never leave your side no matter what. When it learns to fly, strap a GoPro on it, and take off on the bike. If you can out run that duck we’re going to sign you up for the World Hour Record. HAHA!
I love the idea of it, but unsure of how much I would actually use it.
Man, that is awesome!!! I’m kind of like FC on this one. For what I could buy one of those for I could get another bike. 😀
Bike Noob says
Grant Shawcroft says
Concur. Seems to me it would be distracting to control a drone while trying to hold a line too. I can’t see a justification for the cost. Maybe someone can see the business side and buy one, then have riders sign up for their photos for a fee.