Meet the man behind one of China’s biggest agricultural drone makers

On a road trip through Xinjiang in 2012, Peng Bin saw how ageing farmers laboured in vast cotton fields with heavy tanks of pesticides strapped to their backs, spraying the chemicals without any protection.“I could smell the acrid stench of pesticide from afar and I thought maybe my unmanned aircraft could help,” said Peng, 37, founder and chief executive of XAG, one of China’s biggest makers of agricultural drones. “At least drone spraying would limit the farmers’ exposure to the chemicals.”It… Source link

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China recognises 13 new tech jobs including AI developers, e-sports players and drone pilots

China’s government has recognised over two dozen new jobs as official professions, signalling the country’s intent to develop talent in a wide range of tech sectors from artificial intelligence (AI) to the Internet of Things to e-sports.The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security on Wednesday published a list of 13 new job titles that include professional gamers, drone pilots, robotics operators and software engineers in areas like AI, the Internet of Things (IoT), big data and cloud… Source link

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China’s migrant worker exodus has created demand for drone pilots to help ageing left-behind farmers

Zhu Beibei still remembers the acrid stench of rubber tyres even though it has been 10 years since he worked at a small car manufacturer in Wuhan in central China. Then 19, it was his first job out of technical school. He was paid 900 yuan (US$134) a month and there was a lot of overtime. He quit after six months.“I had to wake up at 2pm and work until at least 10am,” Zhu, now 29, said in an interview. “Every day I worked like a robot and did not…

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How DJI went from university dorm project to world’s biggest drone company

In a modern, spacious showroom in Shenzhen, a dozen visitors spend a Wednesday afternoon checking out the sleek-looking products from the world’s biggest drone maker. The showroom, located in the Weixin Software Science & Technology Park, stands in contrast to the drab, blue-grey high-rise buildings around it, typical of Chinese science parks built in the early 2000s. That will soon change though. SZ DJI Technology, whose products are sold in more than 100 countries, has commissioned world-renowned British architectural studio Foster and Partners to design a new headquarters. This main…

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Drone maker DJI eyes enterprise business in transformation from hardware maker to platform operator

DJI, which holds a commanding 70 per cent share of the world commercial drone market, is shifting more resources to developing industrial drones as part of a strategy to embrace enterprise customers to offset slowing growth in the broader consumer market. The Shenzhen-based company sees its latest drones, including the Mavic 2 and Agras MG-1, as being squarely aimed at the industrial segment which accounts for more than half of the global US$9 billion drone market. “We really found success in the consumer side and are now leveraging what we…

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You Do…What? Episode 7: Drone Pilot, Singapore News

What sets professional drone pilots apart from their recreational counterparts? How do you ensure your drone doesn’t become a safety hazard in the sky? After some hands-on, host Toh Yan Wei is convinced that being a professional drone pilot is by no means easy. It is much more than simply flying the drone with a remote control, for there are lots of logistics planning and preparation to be done prior to deployment. These include handling client expectations, making critical decisions in emergency scenarios such as bad weather or technical faults.…

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