GoPro’s drone, Karma, set to re-launch this year

By : |January 5, 2017 0

GoPro is planning to re-launch the Karma drone, which was recalled within 16 days of its initial launch.
Assuring to provide more details in February, the California-based GoPro announced its re-launch plans at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The company also added it will soon finish its testing to bring Karma back in flying shape.

The reason for recall? Sudden power loss due to “mechanical issue related to securing the drone’s battery” says the company.

The sudden recall not only affected company’s sales but also its stock prices, leading to poor Q4 earnings. Later, the company also announced restructuring which included cutting off 15 percent of company workforce.

Nick Woodman-led GoPro also announced a Quik mobile app, Karma Grip and line of camera products, featuring auto-uploading HERO5 cameras at CES 2017.

“For GoPro, 2017 is all about mobile storytelling — HERO5 and the Quik app enable exactly that,” said Nick Woodman, GoPro’s Founder and CEO. “Advanced users can take their stories to the next level with Karma Grip stabilisation and our drone, Karma.”

GoPro Plus and Quik mobile app:

With GoPro Plus, HERO5 camera automatically uploads photos and videos to your GoPro cloud account. In addition, the Quik mobile app aims to make it easier to edit on a smartphone, while the Quik desktop app provides expanded editing options for power users.

GoPro Plus is currently available in the US and will be debuting in international markets in early 2017.

Quik Key mobile microSD card reader:

The company also announced Quik Key mobile microSD card reader to enable fast editing and sharing from a smartphone. You can transfer photo and video files to your phone through microSD card reader and then use the Quik mobile app to automatically create edits with pumping soundtracks, visual effects, and more.

GPS and sensors in HERO5 Black:

HERO5 Black features GPS and additional sensors that capture your location, elevation, speed, and G-force loads. You can now view this data as graphical overlays on your videos when using the Quik app for desktop.

Karma Grip:

Priced at $299, Karma Grip is a wearable camera stabiliser that makes it easy to capture zero-shake videos. This wearable can also be body-worn using GoPro’s Seeker backpack, chest harness, and more.

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