The two drone enthusiasts recognized the missing social aspect of personal UAV use and sought to form an online environment where fellow drone users could interact, challenge, and learn from each other.
Their idea has quickly turned from a passing thought into a growing social network which the two currently call “Flytrex Live.”
Flytrex Live specifically appeals to those who fly unmanned quadcopters and is based off of a black-box style flight recorder, which is most commonly used to locate aerial vehicles.
This system helps prevent users from losing their drone and potentially a very expensive investment, as many UAV users attach extra equipment, like cameras, to their drone.
However, in this case, this black-box style flight recorder is being employed for much more than just locating lost drones.
The black box recorder streams the drone’s flight in real-time via Google to Flytrex Live, where other users can follow the flight path, or even potentially fly with other users.
On Flytrex Live, drone users can also challenge each other and compete on leaderboards, winning badges and unlocking achievements as one would in a video game.
Though Flytrex Live is still in its early stages as a social network, this development shows how drone online environments may be a growing industry.
Who knows–down the line drone users just might be saying, “friend me on Flytrex.”