What is the fastest racing drone

137 km / h: the world's fastest consumer drone presented

Commercially available drones are useful for all sorts of purposes, but usually not particularly fast. George Matus has now proven that high flight speeds are not reserved for professional drones or military drones alone.

The now 18-year-old experimented with his first drone at the age of eleven and took part in drone races as a professional at the age of 16. At 18, thanks to funding from billionaire Peter Thiel, he decided to manufacture drones instead of going to college. His first product should literally leave the competition behind, reports The Verge.

137 km / h

"Teal" is the name of the futuristic-looking quadcopter that has recently been available for pre-order. The specifications read impressive. The device reaches a top speed of around 137 kilometers per hour, which no other drone in the consumer market can currently keep up with. In addition, it can cope with headwinds up to a speed of 64 km / h and should be sufficiently waterproof for use in snow and rain.

The drone weighs 730 grams and can carry a load of up to 500 grams. It has GPS and WLAN connection. A 13 megapixel camera enables videos to be recorded in 4K resolution at 24 frames per second. Clips and images are stored on a microSD card, with a maximum of 64 GB of memory being accepted. The internal memory is 16 GB.

Those who want to indulge in the rush of speed can also control the drone - as is usual in drone races - from the first person perspective via live stream in 720p resolution.

Machine-learning capable

An Nvidia TX1 chip serves as the basis, which is supposed to give the device machine learning capacities. Teal is said to be able to use it to master image recognition and autonomous flight. The capabilities of the flying machine also include navigating waypoints and tracking the user, as well as automatic landing. There is also a programming interface that developers can use to create their own apps for the device.

The pleasure of flying is, however, limited in time. The integrated battery with 1,800 mAh currently allows - depending on the use of the camera and speed - a usage time of ten to twenty minutes.

If you want to pre-order the flying piece of high-tech, you have to dig a little deeper into your wallet. 1,300 dollars (currently around 1,180 euros) are due for Teal - excluding postage. The first drones are scheduled for delivery at the end of 2016. (gpi, July 20, 2016)