New Yuneec Portable Folding Drone Offers Voice Control, Face ID

Yuneec International is launching its all-new Mantis Q, now available for pre-order in the United States. Mantis Q is a drone controlled via mobile device or remote, features voice control technology and is small enough to tuck away inside a bag. The Mantis Q also features foldable arms, up to 33 minutes of battery life and autonomous flight modes with top speeds over 44 miles per hour. 

With the new Voice Control feature, users can command Mantis Q by using their voice. Voice control allows users to take a photo or begin recording video all without having to manually take their hands off of the controls. Mantis Q responds to commands such as "Wake up" for powering on, "Take a picture", "Record a video" and "Take a selfie." It will also respond to the flight commands such as  "Take off" to automatically start flying and then come up to a hover or auto-landing commands such as "Return home." 

Other notable features of the Mantis Q include its facial detection and gesture control. Users simply smile at the drone to activate face detection and as soon as the Mantis Q "sees" the user's face, it will take a photo from up to 13 feet away. In Gesture Control mode, Mantis Q will detect a hand waving and it will take a photo. 

Using an integrated camera, the Mantis Q records high resolution photos and videos. Pictures with a resolution of 4800 x 2700 (16:9) or 4160 x 3120 (4:3) pixels are saved in JPEG or DNG format on the included MicroSD card; the same goes for up to 4K of recorded videos. In up to Full HD (1920x1080), they are electronically stabilized live. The camera can be tilted upwards by up to 20 degrees or downwards by 90 degrees during flight. For cinematic camera flights, the Mantis Q also comes with automatic flight modes such as Journey, Point of Interest and Orbit Me.

The Mantis Q is available now for pre-order at The Mantis Q, priced at $499.99, includes a controller, one battery, spare propellers (one set), three-port charger, power and USB cable. The Mantis Q (X-Pack), $649.99, includes the Mantis Q, controller, three batteries, travel shoulder bag, spare propellers  (one set), three-port charger, power and USB cable.