5 Niche Drone Companies to Keep an Eye on in 2017

There are some really cool companies in the drone world.

We’ve got the big manufacturers, like DJI and Yuneec, and we’ve got the plethora of software, hardware, and service-based companies helping to serve different needs in the industry.

In this article, I’m going to break down five niche (or specialty) drone companies to keep and eye on in 2017.

Let’s check ’em out:

1. Flirtey


Flirtey is pioneering drone delivery across the globe. Through a combination of technology and logistics, they are pushing instant drone delivery forward at a rapid pace.

Flirty conducted the first FAA-approved drone delivery in America, and they’re initially focusing on delivering medical supplies, online retail, and food delivery.

Businesses can partner with Flirtey to have them handle the technology and logistics around their entire drone delivery program.

Learn more about Flirtey here.

2. Kespry


Kespry manufactures remote control drones made for aerial imaging and data collection, and their offering comes with a fully-integrated software component as well.

This means that their customers get an all-in-one package that allows them to fly, capture, and analyze their data — all from one platform.

Their Kespry Drone 2.0 has a 30-minute flight time, can cover 150+ acres of ground, can sustain winds of up to 25 mph, it comes with obstacle avoidance, and a host of other features to make it one of the best aerial data collection drones around.

Learn more about Kespry here.

3. DroneBase


DroneBase connects businesses who need aerial images and video with pilots who can shoot it for them.

Using their vast network of professional drone pilots, DroneBase can fulfill a client’s need in all 50 states in the U.S. and over 30 countries around the world.

Then they provide a cloud-based platform for clients to view their imagery and data a few days after it has been captured.

DroneBase has bridged the gap between finding quality drone pilots and delivering the work in a seamless manner. As their client and pilot base grows, that influence will only get stronger.

Learn more about DroneBase here.

4. Flyability


Flyability‘s latest product is Elios, a collision-tolerant drone capable of capturing quality images from even the most confined spaces.

The drone is surrounded by a tough, carbon fiber protective frame to help it handle bumps and bruises. It also sends a live FPV video feedback so you can see what the drone is seeing in real time.

Flyability’s mission is to create some of the top drones that can operate indoors, in confined spaces, and in contact with people without putting people in harm’s way.

Learn more about Flyability here.

5. Lily Robotics


Lily Robotics developed the Lily Drone, an awesome quadcopter for action sports fans.

The drone requires zero setup. Once thrown in the air, its propellers automatically start spinning to bring the drone to a hover.

Using a receiver placed in your pocket or on a wrist strap, the drone senses where you are and follows your every move. This makes it a great quadcopter for action sports photography and anyone who wants to capture themselves doing an activity.

The drone is waterproof, takes 12MP stills, and shoots HD video in 1080p.

Learn more about the Lily Drone here.

Over to You

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