As many of you might already be familiar with, Walkera has recently been using a variation of the Ardupilot platform in their recent multicopters. But I think that the latest release, the Scout X4 seems to be using all the cool features of arducopter such as follow me, and waypoint navigation! I am still to confirm if they are using arducopter firmware but from the looks of it I am pretty sure they are. Not sure about the price either but since it includes the Devo F12 (retails for about $600 it will be over $1K, which is not too bad considering it will probably include a brushless gimbal and iLook+ with wireless video too.
Another cool feature is the fact that the ground control station will support both android and IOS devices via a Bluetooth datalink ground station, so it uses Bluetooth to communicate with your phone/tablet and it seems it will run at 2.4Ghz to communicate to the quadcopter so not sure about the range of the telemetry link and I am hoping this is not via wifi.
• Remote control: DEVO F12E FPV Transmitter 2.4Ghz and Video at 5.8Ghz
• Support both Apple IOS and Android based devices
• Waypoint mission planning / Designated flight
• Follow Me Mode / Record Track Back To Home
• Hybrid, can be changed from 4 for to 8 motors
• 2.4G bluetooth datalink ground station (BT-2401A/B FCC / BT-2402A/B CE)
• Flight time: Up to 25 minutes
• Flight range: up to 1500 meter
• Receiver: DEVO-RX707(CE) / RX709(FCC)
• Real time flight data (telemetry) monitoring
• Auto return to home (RTH)
• Motors: Brushless WK-WS-34-002
• ESC: WST-16AH(R/G);
• Battery: 6cell 22.2V 5400mAh Li-Po
• iPad holder with backup power
• Size: 335x335x275 mm.
• Rotor Blades Length: 233mm
• Weight with battery: 1770g
• Flying Weight: <2270g
• Larger Payload with the ability to carry a wider selection of cameras to be announced