GoPro plans to launch a quadcopter next year

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Quadcopters and drones are becoming one of the hottest consumer products of recent years, despite all the concerns about safety (and privacy). Reflecting just how popular drones have become, GoPro, the action camera company, has officially announced that it’s getting into the drone business.

GoPro to launch a quadcopter

Now it’s happening, as following rumours last year, GoPro CEO Nick Woodman has announced at the Code Conference in the US (an event held by popular tech site Re/code) that the company will build its own quadcopter and plans to launch in the second half of 2016.

“The quad is in some ways the ultimate GoPro accessory”, Woodman said. He then also noted that such machines are core enough to the company that it makes sense to build their own product.

GoPro Hero 4 Action Cam

GoPro makes action cams like the Hero 4.

Woodman did not reveal an official price, but he did highlight the fact that GoPro is a “consumer-focused company”, so it makes sense that the GoPro quadcopter will be priced in the same range as other flying machines from companies like DJI, Parrot, and 3D Robotics.

Woodman also said that enabling people to fly their cameras sparks the imagination of users, and of course it’s beneficial to GoPro that once they have the device they’ll then want to buy more accessories for it.

The product seems to fit into GoPro’s strategy like a glove, and Woodman said there will also be related products available when the quadcopter launches.

We can’t wait!…

SOURCE: The Verge.

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