Fitting comfortably in your hands, the compact controller offers a greater range in flying the Lily Next-Gen, up to 2,625 feet (800 meters) for flight control and video. That compares a range of up to 400 feet (120 meters) over using a mobile phone alone.* The Lily Next-Gen Remote Controller has dual precision joysticks to help you hand-fly with greater accuracy whenever you like. It folds to pocket size, and its joysticks and dual antennas fit snugly inside it, so it’s as easy to take anywhere as its drone. Its integrated
The legislation to reauthorize funding for the Federal Aviation Administration currently before the Senate provides common-sense measures to help speed the safe integration of drones into our national airspace. House and Senate committee leaders agreed to the bi-partisan bill, which won passage overwhelmingly in the House. The bill prioritizes the Unmanned Aircraft Traffic Management (UTM) system. In a first, it singles out flight beyond visual line of sight, over people, and at night for their “tremendous potential…to spur economic growth” and makes it Congressional policy that these operations be a top
August 24, 2018

Drones Save Lives

It’s happening more often: drones saving lives. Why? Drones get there when helicopters can’t. A drone saved a mountaineer feared injured or dead in the Himalayas. Returning alone from a group attempt of the 26,401-foot summit of Broad Peak, Rick Allen fell about 1,300 feet. A drone was flown to an altitude higher than 27,500 feet before spotting him (video below). Manned helicopters, even with powerful turbine engines, can generally safely reach only about 25,000 feet. Down in the British marshlands, a man was stuck in mud and up to his
Just like people, drones come in all shapes, weights, and sizes. Odds are you’ll buy only one so you want to make it the right one. There are a lot of different models out there. Which one is best for you? This handy guide will help you make the right choice. First and foremost: Decide what you want it for. Your drone has to have the right features for what you want it to do. Extra features might be overkill: more costly and more complicated to use. People usually fly drones
What could be less fashionable than a drone? Whirring propellers, a relentless buzzing sound, and the aerodynamic grace of a brick. Yet commercial drones have become a huge contributor to making businesses more efficient and aerial tasks safer. But on the runway? Indeed. We think drones have a place in fashion. Right now drones are used in the business of fashion. They monitor retail and wholesale inventory, patrol warehouses and factories against unauthorized entry, help scout out new locations, and may even provide consumer insights by tracking traffic flow into and
Mota Group will be at the Drone Advisory Committee July 17 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. We are members of the UAS Safety Team, an industry-FAA partnership to create data-driven safely enhancements for drone flight, and the Consumer Technology Association’s Drone Standards group, where we helped write an ANSI standard for drone serial numbers. The DAC advises the FAA on integrating drones into the U.S. national airspace. It helps identify challenges and prioritize improvements. The airspace system is intended to establish a safe, efficient environment for civil, commercial and military
About 75% of the world’s aircraft will fly with 3D printed components by 2021, according to Gartner. The other day the Financial Times reported the Australian company Titomic made a 3D printer the size of a bus that can print titanium aircraft components up to nearly 9m long. 3D printing enables the creation of more complex, lightweight structures than current manufacturing methods. Aircraft wings are highly complex surfaces, designed to wring the most lift-per-ounce, whether it’s the Concorde or a fixed-wing drone. There are still many things to be ironed out,
  Anyone who needs things identified or measured from the air can often do it better and at less cost with a drone than a manned aircraft. Sometimes drones are the only usable platform, such as sampling gases close to a refinery’s flare stack, or in search and rescue where a helicopter can’t fly low enough to find someone in harm’s way. Drones can do a lot, but they can’t yet fly autonomously, free of human intervention. That requires two things: artificial intelligence and blockchain. Artificial Intelligence: Enabling Autonomous Drone Flight
Reporters from Bloomberg News had their eyes opened at the Singapore Airshow this month. “The future of aviation is on display in a cavernous exhibition hall at Asia’s largest airshow,” they wrote, “and it’s drones.” For the last few months, we‘ve been asking people to imagine a world, where, when you open your door, drones will be flying everywhere. That future is now. Drones have made inroads at lightning speed against manned aircraft like helicopters and planes, replacing them for an incredible variety of uses. At the Singapore show there was
February 14, 2018

Putting Your Drone to Work

Making money from your drone can be fun and provide extra income or even be a full-time job, but there are a few things you need to know before you start. The good news: your first job just might pay for the drone and all the trimmings like extra batteries! Here are our suggestions: (1) Write out what you want to do with a drone. These could include: Weddings, Marketing real estate from homes to hotels, Covering sporting events, Property inspections, Checking a construction jobsite, Agricultural mapping or images over time
February 23, 2017

ULTRA™ is the New Super

At MOTA we designed a universally appealing drone in terms of aesthetic appeal, but also a drone that requires less than 5 minutes to go from novice to pro. Today, recreational freedom comes in the shape of the world’s easiest drone to fly: ULTRA™. This little guy is big enough to chase your pets around the house, small enough to fit in your hands and quick enough to make you feel like King Kong trying to swat it out of the sky. What makes it unquestionably attractive is not just the
Toy Fair is one of the largest toy shows in the world. It’s where most every child would like to be, and we’ll be there next month with a flock of new drones. They run from battle-ready, kid-friendly micro fliers to a compact high-performance camera drone that’s smaller than a sheet of paper but captures stunning 4K video from thousands of feet away. And we’ll have our JETJAT ULTRA, selected by parents, industry experts and journalists as a finalist for 2017 Toy of the Year. Small enough to hide in a
Held each January in Las Vegas, CES is one of the largest consumer electronics shows in the world.     We showed off cool new products, from the palm-sized JETJAT Striker drones—battle-tough, kid-friendly micro drones just for play—to a very large drone for extended operations like search and rescue in harsh weather.   We also showed off JETJAT JoJo, new to our drone line-up. Smaller than a sheet of paper, it packs a 14-megapixel camera for stunning 4K video, optical sensors for precise flight indoors as well and out and autoflkight
September 6, 2016

New iPhones Tomorrow

  Apple unveils its newest iPhone line up tomorrow at 10:00 PT. By many measures the iPhone 6s is the best-selling smartphone in the world. So, how could they improve on it? Well, their phones could be even thinner and lighter. And of course higher performance. Our sources in the heart of Shenzhen and elsewhere tell us what you can look for. In decreasing probability: Apple Lightning connector / Bluetooth replacing the earbud jack for thinner design. Cooler colors. Increased water resistance. New dual-camera system. Higher-capacity storage. Better optical image stabilization,
We know just how important Father’s Day is. Fathers are a rare breed. In fact, there are some that really go the extra mile. Did you know that in the underwater world of seahorses, it’s the male that gets to carry the eggs and birth the babies? How’s that for a little fatherly love? Census data shows there are more than 70.1 million dads in the U.S. alone. That’s a whole lot of dads. Why not make yours happy on this special day and give him the gift of cool? And
Everyone likes miniature things. Just think of anything that can come in mini sizes and realize how amazing it is. Mini ponies. Mini vacations. Mini malls. Minnie Mouse? Okay maybe the last one is a different kind of mini but you get the point. That’s why we have this mini video showing you the latest buzz on our smart drones from CES Asia 2016. Even with a tagline like mini, this video is packed with so much information we should change the title to huge or monstrous. But, we’re not going
You made it through the Big Easy’s Mardi Gras, or maybe you’re gearing up for the Grammys in L.A., but if you’re in New York City this week, you’re probably wishing for temps out of the single digits. Toy Fair could be enough to warm your heart. It’s one of the largest toy shows in the world, and we’re there with our newest just-for-fun drones! One of them, the world’s littlest, even goes on an adventure. In an illustrated story we’re showing at our booth, JETJAT Nano™ takes off exploring. He has
December 14, 2015

New Drones Landing at CES!

Hope everyone had a happy turkey day and profitable Black Friday / Cyber Monday! This holiday season we’re asking Santa to fly the world’s smallest, lightest drone, JETJAT™ Nano, to every household. “FUN FUN FUN!!!” wrote one customer over at Amazon, where it’s been flying out the doors faster than Santa’s sleigh.   Free Fly Safely! Poster Our little Nano packs outsized performance in an über-small package. It gives everyone the thrill of flight, so we also launched Fly Safely! to encourage drone etiquette. See how to tread the sky lightly; download our
October 21, 2015

MOTA Goes Worldwide!

Team MOTA touched back down on California soil after a week in Dallas for Fall Toy Preview. Our diorama was a hit and the MOTA JetJat Nano drone was a hot product at the show. MOTA has grown substantially over the past few months and will continue to do so. Among our latest milestones we are happy to announce a new partnership with D&H Distributing, one of the largest consumer electronics distributors in the nation. Read about them at Signing D&H, Tama in Japan and Kondor in the UK and Ireland
  Forget Area 51, JETJAT Nano has taken to the Texas skies! After many late nights perfecting our latest and greatest gadgets and toys, a lucky few of us have decamped to Dallas to show some fun products at the Fall Toy Preview, including the world’s smallest, lightest drone: MOTA JETJAT™ Nano! The show opens today at the Dallas Market Center and runs through Thursday. It’s a who’s who of the toy business. If you’re at the event, stop by our booth #13-3331 and test fly JETJAT Nano for yourself! It
October 2, 2015

MOTA Heads to Japan!

We are thrilled to announce a partnership with Japan’s largest consumer electronics distributor, Tama Electronics, for our wireless Charger for GoPro and other products. Japan is one of the largest consumer electronics markets in the world, and Tama has a long history serving Japan’s many specialist electronics retailers. We look forward to selling our products in Japan, now and for a long time to come! Stay Cool with FanFan Nothing beats the agony of seeing summer come and go so quickly…. Unless you live in warmer regions and wake up sweating
All work and no play? More like #allworkallplay! August is upon us and in the spirit of summer we’ve been working hard trying out new eateries and creating products we know you’d enjoy! Here’s a sneak preview. Without further ado, drumroll please… TOO HOT FOR YOU THIS SUMMER? Cool off with MOTA® FanFan™! Equipped with universal USB, micro-USB, and Apple Lightning connectors, plug it into your smartphone or laptop for on-the-go cool. FanFan’s exclusive soft and stylish flexible gooseneck lets you position your fan almost any which way. Its flexible blades
Summer’s finally in the air! Days are warmer and longer, and many people are lining up to take a break, even briefly, from our busy work lives for some time in the sun. You know what that means! Time to bust out our tech gadgets and take them for a run. Whether it’s a GoPro, a selfie stick or just your smartphone, staying connected and powered up helps make the season more enjoyable. Starting this July 4th holiday weekend, we’re partnering with America’s tech radio show Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline for a
Did you know Father’s Day was invented by a woman? More than 100 years ago Sonora Dodd proposed a day to honor fathers. Her idea spread throughout America but wasn’t recognized nationwide until 1966. Ms. Dodd was partial to roses for Father’s Day. This year Americans want consumer electronics for our dads. We’ll spend about $2 billion on Father’s Day gadgets, more than on sporting goods and home improvement tools combined. And MOTA’s just made it easier for you to get the perfect gift for your dad or anyone in your
If you’re lucky enough to have been at CES Asia in Shanghai this week, you’ve had the opportunity to see the latest, most innovative developments from MOTA firsthand. Over the last two days, our booth has been crowded with thousands of consumer electronics trade attendees from all over the world. But tomorrow, Wednesday, the event opens its doors to the public. Come see us at booth N1C68 in the New International Expo Center. We have the first-ever public demo of the software for our MOTA DOI SmartRing. The ring solves the
As the adage goes: April showers bring May flowers. But just as not everyone can count on rain, not everyone always wants flowers. With Mother’s Day around the corner, what’s the best gift? According to the National Retail Federation*, the average American family will spend $172.63 on moms this year, up from $162.94 last year. Even in our high-tech age, 80 percent of families will purchase a plain-vanilla, if loving, greeting card. Boring! How does one stand out from the crowd? What’s the perfect way to say “I love you, Mom, and
We’ve reached a new milestone this spring. After our successful European debut at IFA Berlin last September, we’re thrilled to announce that we’re expanding into the United Kingdom and Ireland! Through a partnership with Kondor, the UK’s leading consumer electronics distributor, our products are available at Kondor’s more than 12,600 online and brick-and-mortar retailers in the UK and Ireland. Retailers rely on Kondor for the very latest in consumer electronics. Our partnership means Kondor will supply the industry’s most advanced wearables, mobile accessories and other cool new devices in quantity, with
Tired of unreliable tracking systems that give you a vague location of your packages? Want absolutely, positively air shipping at a low, low price? MOTA is now combining its Anti-Lost Bluetooth Companion with the original power of flight for product delivery! Introducing a retro way of delivery: Carrier Pigeon Delivery. Today only, MOTA is giving our valued customers the option to select this proven and effective (if messy) delivery method. Drone parcel delivery is still in its infancy and catapults have had their day. Carrier Pigeon Delivery gives customers a nostalgic glimpse
Pet peeves. We all  have them.  Whether it’s unnecessarily shortened words (à la prezzo for presentation), replying to all instead of just to the sender, or when someone says “literally” but they really mean “figuratively,” a few things can frustrate us to no end. But what about pet peeves in technology? Google’s definition of “literally” is literally the most confusing thing ever. The Wall Street Journal recently published The 12 Tech Nuisances That Annoy Us Most, highlighting the most annoying frustrations users face with new technology. Topping the list was endless
We’re excited to announce we’ll be at the inaugural CES Asia in Shanghai from May 25 to May 27! We’ll be joining more than 100 top companies from 12 different countries. The Consumer Electronics Association, the organization behind the tradeshow, is designing CES so that innovative companies from large economies can gain a stronger foothold in the Chinese marketplace, which is on pace to become the largest in the world. Following a very successful CES Las Vegas last month, CES Asia affords us the opportunity to showcase our coolest gadgets and
February is here. Last week, the beloved (well, by some) groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. That means six more weeks of winter. Within those six weeks is Valentine’s Day: another reason for cuddling with your significant other before heading out into the cold and damp. Couples will spend more on Valentine’s Day this year than last. According to the National Retail Federation, the average American will spend $142.31 on candy, flowers and apparel , up from $133.91 last year. The group expects total spending to reach $18.9 billion. That’s a