The PowerEgg unfolds to reveal a fully-functional quadcopter

The PowerEgg unfolds to reveal a fully-functional quadcopter (Credit: PowerVision)

From Gizmag

By:    FEBRUARY 12, 2016

Conventional drones are often billed as portable, though they're also often a collection of rods, rotors, and other bits and pieces that are perfect for catching on things and getting tangled. To make taking drones into the backcountry a bit less onerous, Beijing-based Powervision Robot has taken the gubbins of a quadcopter and built them into a giant PowerEgg that folds up into one smooth package shaped like a cackleberry for transport.

The PowerEgg with rotors foldedThe PowerEgg rotor detailThe PowerEgg sealed up

The product of 18 months of development, the PowerEgg is PowerVision's first mainstream commercial drone and draws on technology developed for the company's industrial drones. According to the developers, the egg design is not only to allow the quadcopter to act as its own carrying case, but also for compactness and stability.

When switched off, the PowerEgg folds up into a smooth ovoid shell, but when ready for flight the sides split and unfold into landing gear and arms for the folding rotors. Meanwhile, the bottom of the egg opens to reveal a 360-degree panoramic 4K HD camera on a three-axis gimbal. According to PowerVision, the rotors are larger than usual for comparable drones, which required a degree of re-engineering.

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Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on February 14, 2016 at 12:33pm

The Chinese seem to be trying to be very innovative and competitive in the sUAS domain.



Comment by Andrew Murphy on February 14, 2016 at 1:21pm

What's the hardware term for vaporware? Is it just vaporware?

Comment by Joe Bloeski on February 14, 2016 at 1:30pm

Unrealistic, no carry handle. How do you put it down unless the feet are extended and how to you transform it from egg to extended feet, by pushing a button, but how do you hold it while you push the on/off button and the feet extend.  They show a dome on the bottom and then a gimbaled camera on the bottom but not how one gets from one to the other if the cover pops off they the only way to hold it is lost.  Nice marketing video but totally unrealistic

Comment by Jerry Giant on February 14, 2016 at 1:38pm
this video and rendering could be done by any ID office, I personally had some chance talked to the CEO of this company, who had barely no engineering experience in the talking. they are a beijing based high tech company, far less practical than Shenzhen.
Comment by Jimmy Oliver on February 14, 2016 at 1:47pm

Moving parts = problems. Drones are hard.

Comment by Andrew Rabbitt on February 14, 2016 at 3:17pm

Sure is easier on the eye than some monstrosities that people actually attempt to fly!

10/10 for aesthetics, which is more important that some engineers give it credit for.

Comment by Joshua on February 14, 2016 at 4:49pm

@Joe Bloeski; hold it on the top and bottom, press the button with your thumb; it unfolds, you hold it by one of it's arms or on it's main body (under the props) and manually remove the camera cover. It seems relatively intuitive to me.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on February 14, 2016 at 9:46pm

@Thomas Stone, thwse were my thoughts on the marketing

Should, whilst out butterfly collecting I see a volcano erupting in the distance I might also send one off to look. If I were flying my balloon however I would be looking land and runaway from the aforementioned volcano. Nice mowed field to the right of that dam, but looking at the smoke its calm (not for long) Amazing how things are magically discovered and posted all over the web after we break the releases ;-)

Comment by DG on February 14, 2016 at 10:08pm

is there a video of it actually flying?

Comment by Gordon on February 15, 2016 at 12:23am

At least until they show how the blades actually unfold themselves as in the video, i'm calling BS


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