Here's a shot of the Iris production line, with some of the first batch of Developer Editions getting ready to go out last week. The first shipments started on Friday. They come in a cool box -- here's mine, which just arrived!

The Iris Developer Edition is for users who want the first hands-on experience with our next-gen autopilot, Pixhawk, and the suite of upgraded technologies, from software to radios, that are at the core of Iris. As part of this Developer program, these brave early users have access to a special support and feedback list, where they will be working directly with the engineers and software developers to ensure that the ultimate consumer experience is as good as possible. They'll also get a discount on the Iris Consumer Edition, which should be out before Thanksgiving (mid-Nov).

As these first Iris Developer units reach customers, we'll start revealing more of what's inside them and the full suite of technologies, from cross-platform ground stations and mobile apps to autopilot controlled camera gimbals, that are coming as part of the new Iris/Pixhawk platform.  This reflects more than a year of development and is designed to combine fly-out-of-the-box ease of use with the power of real UAV autonomy, allowing a totally new experience in aircraft control.

Thanks in advance to the Developer Edition users, whose input will be invaluable in polishing off any rough edges and otherwise ensuring that the Iris Consumer Edition will arrive ready for everyone, expert or not. 

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Comment by Craig Issod on September 22, 2013 at 9:58am

This is great! Congratulation and good luck. This represents, IMHO, the best possibility of 2013-2014 in it's class!

Now I just have to look into the Mac (or android) end of things because I refuse to buy a DJI or any other platform that requires me to run windows...


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Comment by Chris Anderson on September 22, 2013 at 11:41am

Veikko: the body will change a bit, with a slightly different battery hatch and GoPro mounting. Right now the ventilation slots are CNC'd and they'll be molded in the consumer version. Stuff like that...


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Comment by Chris Anderson on September 22, 2013 at 11:45am

Craig: we have both Mac and Android ground station/setup software. The Mac one will be released in beta this week. 

Comment by Joshua Ott on September 22, 2013 at 12:04pm

Ben,

We are looking at a 4s-3200 and a 3s-4200 that will fit in Iris. Of course higher capacity batteries will weigh more, so it's the usual balancing act of capacity vs weight. The stock 3s 3500 is a great choice. A lot of imaging can be done in ten minutes, and a quick battery swap is all that's required to get back in the air.

This is a lot like cameras, think of Iris as an equivalent to a top of the line consumer camera that borders on the pro-sumer level. It's not going to do everything a pro-level device will do, but it's incredibly capable along with being affordable and very easy to use.

If you need pro-level stuff we can provide it.

Comment by Ben Hayat on September 22, 2013 at 1:25pm

We are looking at a 4s-3200 and a 3s-4200 that will fit in Iris.

Please do and see if it can fit into your Consumer realse deadline. Keep us posted here.

This is a lot like cameras, think of Iris as an equivalent to a top of the line consumer camera that borders on the pro-sumer level. It's not going to do everything a pro-level device will do, but it's incredibly capable along with being affordable and very easy to use.

I was thinking of the same the pther day. :-)

If you need pro-level stuff we can provide it.

I will let this company know. Are you planning to have larger size with the same capabilities as Iris? They need FPV to inspect wires and need longer flight time.


3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on September 22, 2013 at 1:37pm

Veikko: It comes with it.

Comment by Andy Gibbons on September 22, 2013 at 1:40pm

Chris,

Since I use a Graupner transmitter, I like the fact that the MK hardware allows a special connection to allow telemetry info to be fed down through the receiver.  In the past I thought I saw someone do it with custom code, so I wondered if this would ever be supported with the Pixhawk down the road (Graupner/Jeti/Futaba formatted telemetry)?

 

Putting my order in for the IRIS now...

Comment by Andy Gibbons on September 22, 2013 at 1:43pm

Oh I also forgot to ask about the changes for the official release.  Will things like the battery door and GoPro mounts be available to purchase for these developer versions so we can bring them up to the same status?

 

Thanks!


3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on September 22, 2013 at 2:18pm

Andy: Yes, replacement parts will be available.  Iris comes with its own telemetry radios, which are much more capable than those that come in RC gear, and can work with everything from laptops to phones/tablets. I don't think you'll see any advantage in using RC telemetry, given what Iris offers out of the box. 


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Comment by Lorenz Meier on September 22, 2013 at 11:05pm

@Andy: I'm assuming you're referring to Graupner HoTT. It is supported out of the box on the PX4 native flight stack. It is (as far as I know) not supported currently by APM:Copter, but it would be trivial to add support and to run the HoTT deamon along APM:Copter and feed it the data from there.

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