Before we get to our latest news–here’s the latest news from the world of drones.  Drones are being used to provide a connection to remote regions in undeveloped countries.

Matternet is developing autonomous drones to deliver blood samples from remote regions.

Here’s how the Drone Racing League describes itself: “DRL is the premier drone racing league. A sports and media company, DRL combines world-class pilots, iconic locations, and proprietary technology to create engaging drone racing content with mass appeal. In 2016, DRL will host a global race series culminating in a World Championship.”  Check out the videos and watch these crazy little drones zipping around the course, flying through neon light outlined gates.  When it switches over to FPV (First Person View) you feel like you’re the one flying through those turns!

WE’RE MAKING PROGRESS

The great news continues to pour in!

New Team Members

We’re very happy to announce that we have a new member of our Advisory Board:

Sean Daniels, who has been a great help for months, has agreed to officially join the Advisory Board.  Sean, founder and CEO of EZDrone here in San Diego, has been involved in the drone industry since the beginning. His knowledge of the industry, and his large network, will be invaluable to the success of the company.

We are also very excited to announce that we have a terrific drone engineer on our team:

Jeff Wurzbach, who is a highly talented electrical engineer, has agreed to work with the company in a consulting capacity, for now.  Jeff, who was referred to us by Tim McConnell, was formerly with 3DR and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge concerning drones and drone manufacturing.  You’re going to be seeing a lot of Jeff’s handiwork in the upcoming weeks and months.

The “Product Sprint”

This segment of the Founder Institute has us focusing on developing our product.  Our plan is to develop computer images of our first product, and then build a website “landing page” that will feature the product. We’ll use this landing page to showcase our proposal in front of drone manufacturers to get their interest and feedback.  As the weeks go by, we’ll continue to build on those relationships so that we’ll have engaged potential customers by the time our first product is ready to go to market.

What is our first product going to be?  We’ve decided to focus on one of the major areas where drone owners have a need for a “quick release” system–the camera gimbal.  For those of you who don’t know, this is the mechanism that holds the camera or other sensor, and connects it to the underside of the drone.  Most of today’s gimbals are powered, and controlled from the ground, so the camera can be focused wherever the operator was to video.  Most of today’s gimbals have to be attached to the drone by way of several small screws, and only fit one type of camera.  Switching out cameras, then, is a lengthy and difficult process.

Our U-Dot quick connect gimbal will change all that.  You’ll be able to instantly switch between different cameras and different gimbals.  We’ll have more on our product in the next newsletter.

Drone Manufacturers, Our Target Market

Since our gimbal is going to be sold to drone manufacturers, we’re going to be contacting them to find out what they’re looking for in a product like ours.  Next week, we’ll show you more about how we’re going to do that.  In the meantime, if you have any manufacturers to suggest, particularly if you know any decision-makers there, please let us know.

As always, I appreciate your insights, feedback and support. Please send me any feedback by tomorrow.

Warm Regards,

Doug Sohn
Founder and CEO