Aerosense posts first video of Sony-branded VTOL prototype drone

Aerosense posts first video of Sony-branded VTOL prototype drone

During this past weekend, the first video of Sony-branded VTOL prototype drone was released by Aerosense - a joint venture of Sony and robotics firm ZMP. The video shows the drone take off and land vertically like a helicopter.

The Aerosense joint venture was announced by Sony and ZMP in July. In announcing their collaboration, the two companies had said that they plan to create an all-purpose drone for business customers, to enable them to carry out activities like inspection and observation of facilities, survey and measuring land and properties, and other such things.

Sony and ZMP had also said that their Aerosense collaborative company will make the all-purpose drone available to business customers in 2016.

The release of the video showing the VTOL -- virtual take off and landing -- prototype drone gives a peek at what the Aerosense-manufactured drone would look like, when it is in action. The prototype drone shown in the video appears to be a cross between a tiny consumer-grade quadcopter and a top-end military drone.

Though the video hints that the Sony-branded VTOL prototype drone - which can carry a weight of up to 22 pounds - is quite noisy, it still manages to attract attention when it takes off impressively, hovers around, turns in place, and finally lands. The drone has a speed of 106 miles per hour; and it can fly for two hours at a stretch.

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