Since drone technology became available to consumer markets, it’s seen an impressive rate of adoption, with 2018 projected sales of $1.2 billion in North America alone.
A significant part of this spend is by “prosumers”, consumers who are happy to spend extra on professional-grade products. The drone prosumer will soon have a new reason to get excited.
Israeli drone company Camikaze is about to drop its new product onto the market: the world’s most extreme drone.
Why Extreme Drones?
Despite drone technology becoming more available to everyday consumers, it has not been without its problems.
GoPro released its Karma drone back in 2016 but was forced to recall it after numerous users reported issues including their drone literally falling out of the sky. The company ultimately announced it would stop selling the product in January of this year, taking a hit on its share price in the process. Chinese company DJI has fared better, but users have nevertheless experienced issues with particular drone models.
Even when today’s consumer drones manage to stay aloft, users often find that they struggle in heavy weather conditions. For this reason, extreme sports users are usually confined to using a traditional GoPro or other action camera for recording, which is limited to ground-level, first-person footage only.
Features of the Camikaze Drone
Camikaze is aiming to overcome all these limitations with its drone targeted towards extreme sports enthusiasts. The product was developed with Israeli proven technology and can fly autonomously at speeds of up to 300kph (185mph), using precision tracking to ensure uninterrupted footage of a target subject.
These drones are engineered to perform the most complex aerial manoeuvres even under harsh weather conditions or at altitude. This means that a Camikaze drone can autonomously capture footage of a skydiver from the moment they leave the helicopter to the moment they reach the ground. Snowboarders, surfers, paragliders or even mountain bikers could use the drone to record their most extreme adventures.
The drones will be self-landing and can be launched by a user using a single-hand release mechanism, triggered by throwing the device. All footage will be high-quality, delivered using world-class images sensors.
Artificial intelligence [AI] technology enables users to upload data immediately to multiple social media channels, using only the click of a button. Despite packing in all these features, Camikaze drones will be compact and lightweight so a user can pack them for multiple adventure trips without being weighed down.
Creating a Distributed User Base
Releasing the drone itself is only the first step for the company. Camikaze aims to release the physical product in order to ensure participation among a sustainable distributed network of users.
Once the user base is established, the company will launch its own blockchain-based Camikaze software platform, aimed at uniting a decentralized community of drone users. Participants will be able to share their footage to the platform while retaining full rights over all material.
The developers believe that there is a lack of a standardized network for drone technologies and services, and the time is ripe for using distributed computing to fill that gap. With the global drone market set to grow at a staggering rate of 20.9% annually over the next eight years, this belief appears to be well-founded.
The Team Behind the Vision
The company has been founded by ex-military personnel, who came together around a shared vision of allowing extreme sports enthusiasts to document their activities regardless of conditions.
Gadi Kuperman is a former Israeli Air Force Colonel with over 30 years of leadership experience in the military and the business world. Ben Alfi is a veteran Israeli fighter pilot who has previously created drones for his country’s military services.
Last but certainly not least, the project also boasts Dan Halutz, highly respected and experienced Israeli Air Force lieutenant general and former Chief of Staff of the Israel Defence Forces, as an advisor. Halutz will bring an invaluable wealth of knowledge to the table for the Camikaze project, providing the team with a strong competitive advantage.
They are supported by a team of product designers, entrepreneurs, and academics. The company places a heavy focus on precision engineering, which it states is borne of a desire to “challenge the status quo of subpar drone manufacturing.”
The company will launch two crowdsale rounds of its ERC20 KAZA token. The first round will aim to sell 10,000 drones and the second 15,000 drones. The sale is seeking to reach a soft cap of USD $30 million with a hard cap of $50 million.
The community will kick off with the Camikaze Extreme Athlete Team. The company will onboard a group of extreme sports influencers to serve as brand ambassadors, helping with promotion and advertising of the drone product and the decentralized Camikaze network.
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Legislation of Casinos: Places that are taking steps towards complete Legalization of Gambling in 2019
More and more people are seeing any form of gambling as morally acceptable. In a 2009 poll by The Gallup, only 58% of people in the US seem to accept this industry. With an update for 2018, the percentage has raised to 69%.
There could be multiple reasons why people still have different opinions about gambling, whether it’s through the form of playing a casino game online or in any establishment or betting on any sports and games. Opinions could be formed because of a person’s religion, income, and race, and educational attainment.
The legalization of gambling could also affect how people see it. With more and more places all over the world taking steps to legalize any form of gambling in their area, people are becoming more accepting of this industry. In here are some note-worthy updates about the legislation on gambling all over the world.
Regulation of Online Gambling in Ontario, Canada
Any form of gambling was made illegal in Canada half a century ago and it was in 1969 when the provincial and federal government of the country were allowed to host lotteries. Then in 1985, each province was then allowed to legalize any form of gambling that they choose.
With all of those updates on Canadian law regarding gambling, there wasn’t really anything that targets online gambling until recently, when a press release from the Canadian Gambling Association [CGA] was spread.
With this, online gambling laws in Canada seem to be taking its shaped. CGA has noticed how much Canadians, particularly in Ontario, has been wagering on online gambling websites outside the country. More than $500 million are spent by the people of Ontario in gambling each year.
Because of this, CGA and the local government see the need to have their country put in place an online regulated system to allow their citizens to place wagers on any gambling sites safer. For now, the CGA is looking forward to taking part in the government’s planned dialogues with this industry’s stakeholders.
Pennsylvania’s Online Gambling Launch
Pennsylvania will be the fourth state in the US to launch and legalize online casinos. It was previously announced that PA online casino and poker servers should be up in at least the first quarter of 2019.
However, because of the recent DOJ interpretation of the Wire Act of 1961, the PA’s Gaming Control Board decided to delay the launch for a bit.
It is expected that most online casinos in PA will then be launched in mid-2019, where the earliest target date is in mid-June. This was as instructed by the PA’s Gaming Control Board, and they expect online casinos to comply.
For now, if you’re in PA but can’t wait to play online casino games, you can check the top betting sites online. There are some casino sites that can give you insights about the best casinos you can find on the web. This site will also let you know whether an online casino will accept bettors from your place.
Remote Gambling Bill in the Netherlands
Like a lot of European countries, the Netherlands is deemed lax when it comes to their laws about gambling in any form. However, before 2012, when it comes to online gambling, the Dutch community seems to be restricted about playing casinos online.
Back then, the Dutch people are allowed to place their bets online, but this was only through local servers, which at that time was limited. However, even if more and more websites are starting to get based in the Netherlands, there are still Dutch people who’re place their bets on foreign casino websites that go unnoticed.
Because of this, a bill was submitted to allow Netherland’s government to issue licenses to foreign websites and let them legally accept wagers from the Dutch citizens.
On the 19th of February, the Netherland’s senate placed votes on the Remote Gambling Bill, which already passed the Ditch parliament three years ago. The result was much anticipated and is now good news to foreign online casinos.
Sometime next year, the Dutch government will start to issue online gambling licenses to foreign casino websites and end the monopoly of online gambling in the country. Analysts shared that the process of issuing online gambling licenses might start in January 2021.
Next year may only be the start of application requests from foreign and local stakeholders. The only problem that some foreign casinos that may have to face are the “cooling period”. This is a proposal by the Dutch Minister of Legal Protection that would not allow operators who have been accepting bets from the Dutch citizens prior to the legalization for two years.
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