Yi Technology announced its entry into the drone market with the Yi Erida at CES this year. The Erida looks quite different from traditional drones, mostly because the triple rotor design in place of the usual quadcopter configuration – making it a tri-copter.
The body of the Erida is made of strong-yet-light carbon fiber, giving it the ability to reach speeds up to 120KM per hour and remain in the air up for up to 40 minutes on a single battery charge. Two of the three blades on the Erida can be folded inward towards the body for travel as well.
The motorised gimbal is located at the bottom of the drone can fit not only Yi Technology’s own action camera’s but also action cams from other companies as well. The Erida is fully controlled via a smartphone app so no additional controller is required.
While no pricing and availability details are revealed as of yet, we might be able to estimate the drone’s pricing. The Yi Erida was developed with Atlas Dynamics, a team of developers who were seeking funding for the Erida on Indiegogo back in 2015. The price for backing the Erida started at $499, while the original retail price was listed at $1,110. But, of course the price of the Erida could be vastly different from this estimation when it does get released.