The New Drone Racing League Is Formula 1 And 'Star Wars' Combined
Next level 'Robot Wars'
There are so many different ways to classify a 'drone'.
You've got the oft-seen 'toy' drone given to self-described man-children, the drones which are equipped relatively high end cameras used for capturing the perfect landscape photos or sweeping video shots, and, of course, there's the highly controversial UAVS which are used to carry out military surveillance (or even more nefarious purposes).
The next logical step? Racing them.
DRL, or the Drone Racing League, has announced their first season of racing drones at a breakneck speed around custom built circuits that look like something out of TRON, yet it appears to be the closest thing to pod racing from Star Wars.
Neon lights illuminate the course for the racers, who are equipped with what looks like a makeshift VR headset, specifically designed for these events. The headsets send analog video signals for minimal lag straight to the driver, while other cameras on the drone are used for broadcast purposes.
The quadcopters themselves are lightweight, equipped with only what is necessary. In the interest of fairness and sportsmanship, the DRL have standard rules about what can race in their league. In fact, the organisers provide the racers with the drones, so the only difference is here is the skill level of the racers.
And judging by the video below, it looks absolutely insane.