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Inspire knock-off by Walkera

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Clipper707, Jan 4, 2015.

  1. Clipper707

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    Did DJI achieve their goal of inspiring at least one of their competitors?

    Walkera's new quad for 2015. It doesn't look like the arms/landing gear retract; it appears to have tricycle landing gear and there are no pics with the arms down.

    Maybe Walkera will name it the Imitate 1.

    http://www.iuasinc.com/news/iuas-walker ... las-vegas/
     
  2. russianfront

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    Total knock off. Are the Chinese now copying the Chinese? Say its now so.
    If Walkera is from the US (not sure) - karma is a ***** China!
     
  3. p fandango

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    that so close a copy that i wouldn't be surprised if the parts are interchangeable
     
  4. Monte55

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    What's to say that DJI isn't the knock off?
     
  5. Hughie

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    They could have also had some staff poached.
     
  6. PhantomFanatic

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    Is that an extension cord hanging off of it?! :)
     
  7. PhantomFanatic

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    Yes, they do. By daytime their factories produce name brand products. By night, they produce the same product as a knock off. They have it covered both ways.
     
  8. Clipper707

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    Extension cord? Do you mean the tail landing gear?

    (I think that's the tail.)
     
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    There would seem to be a stability gain with the CG so far below the rotor(s) plane.

    Not sure that would be the basis for a knock-off since the rotor arms don't [appear to] move.

    Maybe the better design as it is yet to be seen as to the ruggedness of the Inspire's articulating arms.
     
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    Not to mention its ESCs :)
     
  11. J.James

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    actually being that most of DJI's parts are made by others its sort of hard to know whos the knock off of who.
     
  12. Meta4

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    Since DJI have been working on the Inspire for many months at least and are shipping them to customers and Walkera have only got a computer rendering to show at CES ... I think it's pretty obvious.
     
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    I get the impression that there is no such thing as a patent or copyright in China.
     
  14. spudraleigh

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    That's cool! The more imitators the better! Competition makes everything better and cheaper, eventually :twisted:
     
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    DJI probably has patent on the arm gear mechanism, so waltera had to go with the retracting legs
     
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    I'd like to know what the specifications are and the cost.. I like the retractable landing gear, but I feel the inspire 1 will be less likely to tip over on a landing..that's one thing I don't like about my phantom. .
     
  17. Meta4

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    You'll have to be patient .. so far it's just a concept. Just some drawings of a quad.
     
  18. turbodronepilot

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    I emailed Walkera today about the new quadcopter . They responded within a few hours. They said more details will be unveiled at CES 2115. With a release date in the first quarter of 2115..
     
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    i wonder if you get the Inspire style camera wobble when the camera retracts on the Walkera
     
  20. gunslinger

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    Are the Chinese now copying the Chinese? Are you kidding??? Take a look at the Hubsan X4 micro quad world. I can't even count the number of total ripoffs of that quad by other Chinese companies. As a country they don't have the same copyright laws or moral standards that the West is constrained by... It's ludicrous...

    -slinger