Ah, a “hat tip” to the lovely viral video page of Reddit, which titled the above video “guy buys a $3,000 drone and crashes it into his house.” That title is a whole lot more headline grabbing than the official YouTube video title of “DJI Inspire 1 Crashes – On Auto Take off procedure Second Time,” although the informative YouTube video title lets users know that a DJI Inspire 1 does indeed cost $3,399, according to the DJI website, at least for the drone with dual remotes. The single-remote drone costs $2,899 — so we’ll split the difference and average out the drone price for the sake of headlines.
Meanwhile, the viral video that was published to YouTube on January 12 features Mark Taylor describing why he decided to film his additional attempts at a second or third takeoff for the drone, which he wanted to straighten up and fly right instead of shimmying or shaking.
“Last couple of flights not stable on auto takeoff – shimming and drifting. wanted to record if it drifted to send to DJI to get settings changed or trouble shoot the issues as it crashed earlier in the am – but was fine 2 times after just a lot of shimming and bobbing in the desert in the open or in the subdivision of the house I was trying to film – we went out and checked everything recalibrated the compass again even though we hadn’t moved – and this happened with no operator input just in auto take off mode.”
In the comments section of the rapidly going viral YouTube video of the drone crashing into the house, Taylor has been defending everything from his flying skills to the FAA not tracking folks who fly drones to whether or not it was a sensor on the drone that caused the crash.
“To all the people who say I can’t fly wrong I have dozens and dozens of flights -started with a Phantom Vision upgraded to a Guai 840h ground station you name it – I wanted to use the auto take off feature and learn the camera settings and do a house fly by for real estate the earlier auto take off had issues and the earlier flight the craft was drifting badly – the day before did 4 flights perfectly – the unit was calibrated and triple checked – hit the auto take off button and that’s what you see.”
Popular Science calls the Inspire 1 drone the first consumer level drone that comes ready to shoot with amazing 4K video, the kind of stuff that high class movies are made of, so it’s no wonder that Taylor is trying to get in touch with the DJI drone folks to figure out the problem. Perhaps as his drone video goes more viral, he’ll get a replacement drone that doesn’t crash into a house.
“Maybe if you know anyone at DJI they could email me or call me to offer advice or have me send it in for a test? THIS WAS NOT OPERATOR ERROR – IF IT WAS I WOULD JUST GO BUY ANOTHER ONE! AND AVOID THE HUMILIATION. I love my DJI Products and want to keep flying.”
As reported by the Inquisitr, drones are being used to capture all sorts of fascinating footage, like when a man climbed a 1,500-feet tall TV tower in order to change a lightbulb.
[Image via Mark Taylor’s crashed Inspire 1 drone YouTube video]