HDMIRC™ -- The First HD Video Switcher for FPV Drones
HDMIRC™ -- The First HD Video Switcher for FPV Drones
We're now flying the world's first standalone High-Definition 2-Way Video Switcher for the FPV Drone hobby, ready for mass production!
We're now flying the world's first standalone High-Definition 2-Way Video Switcher for the FPV Drone hobby, ready for mass production! Read more
HDMIRC™ is the world's first standalone High-Definition Video Switcher for the FPV (First Person View) Drone Market. It allows the drone pilot to switch between either of 2 different flight cameras while flying, changing their view with a simple flip of a switch on their handheld remote controller. This capability has been around for years in the older, standard-definition video systems, but before now, no one has created a similar solution for the new high-definition video systems now being added to remote-controlled aircraft (drones).
While similar functionality IS being built into some of the higher-end, off-the-shelf consumer drone systems such as you would buy pre-made at an electronics store, those are 'closed systems' that do not allow the owner to utilize any flight camera of their choosing. They are more of a 'consumer' product that does not allow camera swapping or modification... you get what you get when you buy it, and that's all you get. However, for the tens of thousands of hobbyists worldwide who build their drones piece by piece, there is currently no HDMI video switching option available that will allow them to switch between two flight cameras "on the fly" (pardon the pun).
As enthusiastic FPV pilots ourselves, one of the biggest things we have gotten kicks out of over the years is the ability to attach multiple cameras to our aircraft, either to switch to different views, to switch between our regular flight cam and a FLIR thermal cam, or to switch between the normal flight cam and a GoPro camera to make sure we're getting the recording centered just right. FPV Video Switchers were central to our ability to do this, and are used widely throughout the hobby.
As the FPV hobby progressed, like many others we anxiously awaited the arrival of (reasonably affordable) high-definition video systems that would eliminate snow, and provide a much sharper picture, increasing realism and taking the feeling of FPV to the next level.
When the HD transmission systems finally arrived, we were blown away! But the elation was quickly dampened a good bit when we realized that all these standalone HD equipment manufacturers had provided **no** method to connect more than 1 HD camera to their systems. Our ability to switch between cameras during flight was gone with these new HD systems. So unless you bought one of the "prefab" drone systems that allowed you to switch views with their proprietary, closed-system cameras, evidently you were out of luck. True HOBBYIST FPV'ers who built their own systems component by component, had no multi-cam video switcher component option.
How could that be?? Hobbyist FPV'ers who built their aircraft piece by piece... and also built the FPV industry... had no HD video switcher option.
We looked high and low, contacted component vendors worldwide, and finally had to face the fact that apparently there was no such thing in the world.
So out of our customers' need, and out of desperation.. we finally designed one ourselves.
Why would an established company utilize Kickstarter to roll out a new product?
Even though Unmanned Aerial Solutions has been around for several years now, our main markets typically are various small, public governmental organizations, and as such, the products we normally sell are custom designed, high-end systems for 'niche' purposes catered to those specific customers. As such, these products are sold in small quantities to various customers and don't require large-scale production capabilities... However... in the case of the HDMIRC™ Video Switcher... we are talking about a product that applies to MAINSTREAM (not 'niche') RC hobbyists, and the number of people it could benefit would be in the thousands worldwide. That kind of demand is beyond our normal in-house manufacturing capabilities, and therefore we will need to contract with outside manufacturing facilities which require a large-volume manufacturing order (and lots of upfront money) to consider producing a new product. This situation makes Kickstarter an ideal platform for raising the upfront money we need to bring HDMIRC™ to life on a scale that will benefit FPV'ers worldwide.
Join us and help fill the missing link in the HD-FPV revolution... adding the ability to switch between high-definition cameras during flight! We've had the ability for years with standard-definition FPV, now it's time we all had the same capability in the High-Definition world.
Risks and challenges
We are finalizing the componentry and case configurations for the production model, and beginning the process of engaging with manufacturers to bring an effective, high-quality product to market.
However, as with any emerging product, unforeseen issues with design or manufacturing may affect our actual production timeline. We are narrowing our choices of manufacturing facilities to those who will be responsive in communication, and to those facilities where we will be able to make quality control inspections firsthand throughout the process.
As shipping to our customers is a final and critical piece of the launch timeline, we will be proactive in engaging the most prompt, dependable shipping companies in each region to ensure that our backers receive the rewards they so deserve in an efficient manner regardless of where they reside on the globe.
Please understand that the final product may differ in appearance from the shown prototype as improvements are made over the course of this project, but functionality will remain the same.
We are committed to delivering a quality product in a timely manner for our backers, and will be responsive to their questions throughout and after the funding process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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