Once again, I let my enthusiasm get the best of me... When I found out that Yuneec CEO and founder Tain Yu was going to be coming to Portland and that we would have a chance to interview him, I was excited. When I found out he was flying into Hillsboro in his own small plane, I was ecstatic: “That's great!” I thought to myself. “We can interview him right on the tarmac! The whole episode with just ooze with aviation goodness!”
I should have known I was in trouble when I shared my wonderful idea with everybody else and I started getting dark looks from the video production team. Airports, it turns out, can be noisy places – making it a real challenge to get clear audio.
Also, it turns out that this particular airport is just bathed in signals on the 2.4 GHz band, which played havoc with the hand-held Yuneec 4K gimbals, which rely on a WiFi link to connect the camera to the user's smart phone. Needless to say, the interview didn't go off quite as smoothly in real life as it appeared to in the video above.
However, there is no doubt that it was worth all of the travail – especially when Tian literally pulled the “Wizard” out of his pocket. In the video, when you hear me mention that he's got “some sort of secret weapon to show us,” I haven't seen it yet – but “Wow!” that thing is amazing.
Lot's of “Follow Me” drones have got a pocket-sized GPS receiver these days, but I love the fact that the Wizard allows you to point-and-click to re-position the aircraft in the sky, and even land it. I've said it before and I'll say it again – I think Yuneec is a company to watch.