We’re thrilled to announce the official release of IRIS+, which will ship next week. The news debuted yesterday on Gizmodo; you can read their great writeup here (or here for a DIYD blog that also covered it).
Improvements include:
  • 16-22 minute flight times, thanks to improved motors, props and batteries
  • Spin-on props
  • Built-in telemetry display in the RC transmitter
  • Lighter legs, body
  • New autonomous features, such as one-button 3D structure scanning, FollowMe (with Pebble smartwatch support), one-button "dronies" and more
  • LEDs on arms
  • Easier assembly

The official 3DR IRIS+ page is here.

We’ll be offering upgrade kits for existing IRIS users starting October 1. More information coming soon on those!

Most importantly, a huge thanks goes out to the collaborative efforts of all the brilliant people in this community who have supported our projects in so many different ways. We’re looking forward to when we're shipping next week!

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Comment by Felix Meissner on September 9, 2014 at 8:20am

very nice!

Comment by Greg Dronsky on September 9, 2014 at 8:25am

Great clip! 

Comment by Jeff Taylor on September 9, 2014 at 9:52am

This looks amazing, I can't wait to get one for myself! Congrats to everyone involved in the development.

Comment by armen t on September 9, 2014 at 10:16am

looks can be deceiving.

first Iris looked awesome too but had inferior motors, spin off props, weak batteries, etc. 

why are we required to pay ANOTHER $200 to get fixes for stuff we have been screaming about since inception?

BUYER BEWARE.

YOU'LL ONLY BE A BETA TESTER

at a "COOL" $750

Comment by BacklashRC on September 9, 2014 at 1:10pm

15 minutes is a short flight time for a purpose built quad.  My QAV540G gets 18 minutes and it is a flying pig.  The Phantom 2 gets 25 minutes and is already FPV capable.  I would say that 30 minutes is where extended flight times start.

With that said, the "follow me" routine is pretty cool stuff!

Comment by HeliStorm on September 9, 2014 at 2:56pm

Looks good! 

Comment by Johann van de Venter on September 9, 2014 at 3:30pm

It looks awesome ... but .....as always there's a BUT ... 

There is ALWAYS a "but"...

I'm just still waiting for someone posting a video or some photos of themselves after being chopped to pieces with the machine in "follow mode". People keep saying don't fly a UAV around people and yet they design a follow mode for just that purpose ... 

I know you are supposed to set the distance  etc ... BUT things go wrong ... do i want a flying meat grinder following me ... no thanks ... i'll pass 

Comment by mP1 on September 9, 2014 at 6:11pm

Seems a bit weak on new features. Nearly a year and all thats new are legs, a couple of leds and thats it ? Everything else can be purchased / downloaded separately.

Come on 3DR all those engineers and thats all ? Wheres the innovation ?

Comment by Gary McCray on September 9, 2014 at 6:36pm

Hi Damouav,

RTF probably makes sense because:

The Pixhawk requires PPM-SUM input and only a small fraction of RC systems provide this.

It could easily become a headache for people wanting BNF or PNP.

The Flysky TH9X unit that they provide is actually a relatively inexpensive but proven and reliable Chinese unit that has the required PPM-Sum capability.

Deleting it would probably not save 3DR $60.00 on the cost of the unit.

Lists at $110.00 they can probably get it for roughly half that.

http://www.amazon.com/FlySky-FS-TH9X-Channel-Transmitter-Receiver/d...

At least this way, 3DR more or less guarantees you can have a satisfactory out of the box experience with a known compatible and pre-configured transmitter and receiver, whereas adapting your own could be a serious tech help problem for them (or us).

If you are so inclined, after you get it flying with the supplied RC unit you can always convert to something more exotic like a Taranis or Futaba or or even a Spektrum DX7 or Hitec Aurora 9 like I am using.

But you will have to get into some depth to make it work properly and you will have to use PPM-Sum compatible receivers that work with your transmitter and you will have to set up your transmitter (and RC module) to work properly with them.

Since the cost of the supplied FlySky unit with the Iris is so small both to 3DR and to you, it is cheap insurance you can get it to work for both you and 3DR.

And it is actually a very nice, capable 9 channel unit which can let you exploit extrachannels for gimbal and setup controls.

Best Regards,

Gary

Comment by Gary McCray on September 9, 2014 at 7:03pm

I personally think the Iris + solves the primary deficits of the original Iris, inadequate power and inadequate flight time.

And I am really happy to see that they have released it.

I do think it might be a really nice idea for 3DR to offer upgrade kits to the original Iris buyers who really were your Beta testers for it at the lowest possible (read no profit) price as a way of saying thank you to all of those who suffered through the Iris's not inconsiderable teething period.

I should stress I have almost never had any luck at all telling Companies what they ought to do.

It seems like there is greater spacing of the propellers (longer frame arms?) and I would like to know if the Iris can now support 11" or even 12" propellers, with 850KV motors and a 3S battery that ought to be a natural?

Best Regards,

Gary

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