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Chinese drone, how do I love thee

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Let me count the ways.

Aside from my first iPhone, the only electronic device I have ever bought that has changed my worldview — and just worked like a charm straight out of the box — is my Chinese-made drone. Manufactured in Shenzhen by DJI, there is nothing remotely like it and available to the consumer that is made in any other country. So I am a sucker for drone news:

  • “Since China banned fireworks across more than 400 cities to reduce pollution, a new entertainment has emerged to fill the skies: drone swarms,” Bloomberg reports. “Shows featuring more than a thousand drones forming 3-D animated figures and other images are being booked for celebrations across the country.”
  • Ehang is the first company mentioned — the Guangzhou-based company “has been contracted for several performances and in the process set a record for the number of airborne craft in a single display.”
  • A passenger-carrying drone in testing by Ehang made headlines last year (see NBC video, or Ehang’s own website).
  • Want more drone videos? On SupChina: A light show by 1,800 drones and Nervous drones?
Jeremy Goldkorn

Jeremy Goldkorn worked in China for 20 years as an editor and entrepreneur. He is editor-in-chief of SupChina, and co-founder of the Sinica Podcast.

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