The DJI Inspire 1: finally, a drone that flies well indoors

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A drone carrying mistletoe at a TGI Friday’s clipped a photographer on the nose earlier this month, drawing quite a few rounds of “well, duh!”

It sounds like a stupid idea. But flying drones indoors makes a lot of sense in certain situations, and there is finally a drone that’s great at it.

Meet the Inspire 1, the latest quadcopter made by DJI. DJI revealed the alien-looking drone last month, and wow, have I wanted to get my hands on it ever since.

My chance finally came when DJI’s director of aerial imagery Eric Cheng stopped by Gigaom’s office. It was raining, so we opted to stay indoors. I was a bit nervous; last time I flew a drone at the office, I crashed it about 50 times (sorry management).

The DJI Inspire 1. Its legs lift when it takes off, giving the camera a complete view. The DJI Inspire 1. Its legs lift when it takes off, giving the camera a complete view.

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