Sony just unveiled an amazing drone that can fly 106 MPH

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Sony shows off Aerosense camera drone prototype.

Sony has unveiled a prototype of a camera drone shaped like an aeroplane, which can take off and land vertically and fly for more than two hours at a maximum speed of 106 miles an hour. The buzz surrounding Sony’s unveiling of a drone prototype Monday — the fruit of a joint venture called Aerosense between Sony and Tokyo-based startup ZMP — was the latest sign that the company’s turnaround attempts are continuing to gain traction in the markets.Japanese company Sony has released videos of two prototypes of its drones that they are creating, the AS-DTO1-E ‘experimental machine’ and the AS-MCO1-P prototype.

The drone, which resembles the short takeoff and landing variant of the Lockheed Martin F35 fighter jet made famous by a brief appearance in the film Die Hard 4.0, is the product of Sony’s joint venture with robotics startup ZMP. According to the Verge, last month, Sony announced that it was partnering with ZMP Inc, a Tokyo-based robotics company, to found a company called Aerosense for creating commercial drones. The Aerosense partnership brings together Sony’s camera, sensing, telecommunications network and robotics technologies with ZMP’s automated driving and robotics technologies. Investors seemed to share that optimism today as Sony’s stock rallied early — rising over 6 percent — the biggest intraday movement since February, though it traded lower in the day as a wide range of Asian tech stocks fell.

Hisashi Taniguchi, chief executive of Aerosense and ZMP, said: “By making them automated, drones will be considerably safer because many of accidents today are caused by human error.” Drones are expected to be one of the growth areas in electronics, as the sensors and technologies needed to sustain stable flight have become cheaper, making them a viable device for both business and consumer products. The television and film industries have adopted large civil drones capable of carrying high-powered photography and video equipment to produce aerial and floating action shots within their controlled environments.

However, its primary use will be to capture images from the sky, process these images in the cloud, and provide a range of services to businesses such as measuring, surveying, observing and inspecting. Sony’s drone-as-a-service hopes to crack the market, competing with Japanese rivals Yamaha and companies such as Australian firm Flirtey on the global stage. By late afternoon in Tokyo, Panasonic sunk back to nearly 4 percent below its opening, and Nintendo lost much of its gains, though it was still up 2.5 percent.

The drone unveiling makes Sony just the latest major tech company to enter the space in a big way, with the likes of Amazon, Facebook, and Google all testing their own drones. Aerosense’s differentiator is supposed to be around its focus on business/enterprise customers, with services such as the inspection of aged infrastructure and surveying of difficult-to-access land. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which looks after airspace safety in the UK, recently launched a new drone awareness initiative, to encourage owners of unmanned aerial vehicles to operate them safely.

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