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The new Airlango Mystic drone looks like a Mavic — without adding anything new

Unless you’re DJI, it seems innovating in the drone industry is a tough task.

With the close of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week came a slew of new drone announcements. Autel’s Evo drone looked eerily like the DJI Mavic, though it did have what looked like could be improvements.

And another drone to attempt to make a big splash at CES, without adding a whole lot? The Mystic, by a company new to the drone industry called Airlango.

It “comes with a range of innovative features – including the ability to recognize and follow its owner, and obey hand-gesture commands from the ground,” according to a news release issued by the company.

Of course, plenty of drones, including DJI’s Spark, already do that.

Mystic’s capabilities include an autonomous follow-me feature and a gesture interaction mode that can perform tasks based on your gestures. The marketing material also  points out an owner recognition mode, through which the drone can automatically recognize its owner.

The Mystic drone is made by Beijing-based company Airlango, which was founded in 2015.

Pricing details and a launch date for the Airlango Mystic have yet  to be announced.

So will the Mystic, or other drones like the Autel Evo have a chance to create some competition against DJI? If history is your guide, then likely not.

DJI has crushed the consumer drone industry, and even big players like GoPro have failed to keep up.

“Drone hardware development is very difficult and resource-intensive,” Autel Robotics USA CEO Steve McIrvin said last year (he has since left the company after the North American division went through a series of layoffs. “You have to be on the cutting edge of so many different fields—cameras, computer vision, deep learning, artificial intelligence—all highly technical fields.”


  • DroneZon says:

    Nice to see a new entry into the drone market. As you say DJI has crushed GoPro, 3DR and almost finished Parrot. We need this market to stay competitive to get the best innovation and also get the best customer care. DJI score high for their drones and they really know how to market their drones.

    • Richie says:

      I don’t much agree with them crushing the competition. I own Dji products. Half the time they are grounded due to software failures. The customer service has yet to be desired. They aren’t much help. If they can’t do anything over the phone. They want you to send your drone at your own expense to them and the repairs which was caused by their software left up to you to pay for.
      It’s a good thing I’m tech savvy and can accomplish my own repairs. But at the price of their products and getting out of the box issues, I would not describe them as crushing unless describing their products after a malfunction.

  • Drone Minds says:

    I do love to see new drones and new drone companies appear, but I hate seeing claims of new and innovative when it’s neither.

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