At CES 2021, Sony unveiled a new project for drones in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) robotics with the Airpeak unmanned aerial system (UAS).
Sony boasts that the Airpeak is the smallest drone capable of carrying the Alpha mirrorless camera system that allows users to capture full frame aerial photography and video. The drone can capture film and photos under stable flight and Sony plans to launch a new business targeted for professional photography and video production using the drone in the spring of 2021.
Sony started the Airpeak project after seeing the proliferation of drones contributing to previous unseen images as well as their use in workflow efficiency, mapping and surveying in the industrial sector. Sony created Airpeak to contribute to the further evolvement and the creation of value using drones through its imaging and sensing technology. Sony said Airpeak will contribute to video creators in the entertainment industry as well as other industries to explore using drones for future projects either on film or the internet.
In the video, Airpeak, equipped with a 7S III full-frame mirrorless single lens camera, films a road test taking place of Sony’s Vision-S autonomous vehicle prototype in Austria. The film shows the launch of the drone as well as the equipped camera before showing drone footage of the vehicle test as well as a film crew following the drone to document its flight path.
Sony plans to seek partners in the professional space to collaborate on the Airpeak project but did not give further details.