The drones of the future might be much easier to use and come in ultra portable varieties.
According to Engadget, Adam Najberg, DJI's Global Director of Communications, hinted that in the near future size and ease of use requirements will push ultra portable drones to become mainstream. Users will need something simpler and smaller and drone maker companies will likely come with solutions that answer this demand.
Najberg also hinted that the ultra portable drones of the future will likely have pocket-size dimensions. Users will be able to just take a drone out of their jacket pocket and the smart gadget will go up and take photos. Right now, the popular drone maker DJI makes no such products but in the near future they might produce smaller drones close to this vision.
The current DJI consumer series drone is called the Phantom. This quadcopter drone is not small by any measure, but it is still portable, with a backpack. The flagship drone of the Phantom series is called the Phantom 4 and it is easy enough to fly.
There are already several smaller "selfie drones" available on the market or in production, but nothing as small that it would deserve to be called an ultra portable drone. However, with its expertise in the industry, DJI is well placed to change all this in the near future.
DJI's Osmo Mobile
DJI mostly caters to the build your own drone audience but it already has its own enterprise solutions as well. According to Apple Insider, at IFA Berlin 2016, DJI has announced its $300 Osmo Mobile. This hand-held steady grip for the mobile phone is the first DJI product aimed at everyone.
The current trend in consumer drones is the use of VR headsets and 360-degree cameras. These two are certainly very hot technologies but not very practical for mass-market drone appeal. The biggest hit as to where DJI is looking next, might be not the Osmo Mobile itself but rather the phone that it holds. Drones are starting to replace the traditional hand held radio controller with an app on the user's smartphone.