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DJI+ Discover App - Meetup/Uber for drone flyers

DJI made an app (compatible with any DJI drone) that lets its pilots find each other. It's kinda like Meetup meets Uber. The app shows a map and indicates whether other nearby DJI pilots are flying. It's also a way for people who offer services to be found. Might be interesting for new flyers who want to meet up or find others to fly with...or not.

http://plus.dji.com/en/apps

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And end up like this guy? Umm

And end up like this guy? Umm - no thanks. Could be good, or could become a creeper tool.

http://techcrunch.com/2016/04/08/an-uber-driver-in-india-was-shot-dead-b...

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Holy moly that's bad. Hope we

Holy moly that's bad. Hope we don't see any of those with the DJI app. Even if you don't use it to meet up with people, you can use it to keep up with DJI events / promotions, find a store or access content from the DJI forum (which was a smart move on their part).

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yeah I'm kinda pessimistic on

yeah I'm kinda pessimistic on the in-person meetup thing. Had some not so good experiences before with that sort of thing. 

Also is it just me, or does this look like an easy way for thieves to find people who are flying nearby and steal their stuff when they're not looking?


 

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Like Mr. Right in the picure

Like Mr. Right in the picure there...Mr. "Right for the picking" is more like it.

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People should always be aware

People should always be aware of the risks when making personal information public. With the app, users have the option to make their location public - much like with Facebook and other social apps. The other thing that users would be making public is their flight data. It looks like a useful resource for DJI owners though. Anyone using it just needs to maintain awareness about information they're sharing.

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A great time

So without having given any thought to the potential downsides of arraging to meet people from the Internet as correctly pointed out above, I set up a meeting of local fliers using the DJI + Discover app last weekend.

Four people turned up, including myself. Nobody was murdered, mugged or otherise harmed and it was a pretty enjoyable couple of hours chatting, exchanging stories and flying together. We even went to the pub together afterwards! I will definitely be arranging another but will be mindful of the risks.

When I have time to process the pics and video taken I'll be sure get them up on our blog and post a link here.

Has anyone else arranged anything? The map is looking a little sparse here in the UK. Not many events or flying hotspots at all yet.

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Ah the pubs. That's the best

Ah the pubs. That's the best way to bring people together....over a nicely brewed pint! Everyone's friends after. There's not a whole lot to do outside in my neck of the woods because it's so darn cold, so we spend a lot of time at the pubs or local watering hole. It's a must after any event here.

Glad no one got murdered or other(?) - there's hope for humanity after all! Can't say a lotta people here are using the app to get together, but in Canada we have flying groups that are part of the model aeronautics association of Canada (MAAC), so people are already connected through that. Plus, our city's not that big, so people kinda know each other here already. I could see it being useful for bigger cities though.

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A lot of local user groups

A lot of local user groups can be found on meetup.com as well. In my own area, there's a Vancouver drones meetup group that I'm part of. Just browsing the site, I've seen local groups for almost every major city I can think of in North America. Haven't tried looking for European groups, but I saw quite a few in Asia as well.