Earth Bricks

first_imgArchDaily CopyAbout this officeAtelier TekutoOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPavilionJapanPublished on June 07, 2012Cite: “Earth Bricks” 07 Jun 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogShowershansgroheShower MixersVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Abrasion ResistantPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceLightsVibiaLamps – NorthCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemSkylightsVELUX CommercialAtrium Longlight, DZNE GermanyHanging LampsLouis PoulsenLamp – PH ArtichokeTiles / Mosaic / GresiteHisbalitMosaic Tiles – TexturasAcousticMetawellAluminum Panels – Acoustic SailsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMTiO2-free Mineral Paint – Soldalit®-ArteWall / Ceiling LightsA-LightWall Grazer Concealed LightsDoorsBuster and PunchDoor Hardware – Pull BarMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?土砖建筑 / Atelier Tekuto是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Houses “COPY” Projects Earth BricksSave this projectSaveEarth Bricks Save this picture!© Toshihiro Sobajima+ 16 Share photographs:  Toshihiro SobajimaPhotographs:  Toshihiro Sobajima    Yasuhiro Yamashita/ Atelier Tekuto Save this picture!© Toshihiro SobajimaRecommended ProductsAcousticStudcoSound Isolation – ResilmountAcousticSchöckStaircase Insulation – Tronsole®Enclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreAcousticMetawellAluminum Panels – Acoustic SailsSoil is the most popular building material in the world, but with the growth of economic and technology, concrete and steel has been used more recently and produce idea of architecture as an economical way and regionality has been disappearing. At the same time, we are on the century of environment, and can’t avoid researching environmental friendly material and construction system. We believe “material not to be influenced by economy” and “environmental friendly material” are essential. There, we focus our attention on “New Soil Structure”. Save this picture!© Toshihiro SobajimaThe project started in 2008, and has been developed together with Universities, corporate, and specialist. The concept is “Construction material that can be made with any soil in the world, and return to nature 100%”. With our Earth Block, any clayey soil can be used, and including the additives, it is 100% natural. Its strength surpasses Japanese Construction Standard which is the highest in the world. Save this picture!© Toshihiro SobajimaWe believe that this material can make brick houses in developing countries safer, and protect people from earthquakes. We resolve our goal with magnesium oxide, make soil structure strength. Magnesium oxide substances are extracted from ocean and land so can be produced anywhere in the world and resourceful. It is safe as it designated as food additive and harmless to nature. MgO H2O Mg(OH)2 Save this picture!© Toshihiro SobajimaThis chemical reaction gives unification to grains of soil and makes more strength to construction. From these result we found out the possibility of use in Japan which has earthquake often. After more detailed examinations, we are planning to free delivery of this information to the world. From the completion of this house, we gain the experiment and knowledge. From now on, we would like to build “Church” “Library” and “Museum” which is suitable for this material.Project gallerySee allShow lessNew City Center of Klaksvik / Studio BÄNG + Sebastian SchroeterArticlesPlatea Residences / Salon2Articles Share 2011 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/241809/earth-bricks-atelier-tekuto Clipboard CopyHouses•Japan Area:  184 m² Area:  184 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  Photographs Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/241809/earth-bricks-atelier-tekuto Clipboard 2011 Japan Architects: Atelier Tekuto Area Area of this architecture project Earth Bricks “COPY”last_img read more

New Mexico State pulls away late, beats Utah Valley 83-78

first_imgNew Mexico State (15-4, 4-1 Western Athletic Conference) has won six of its last seven games. Utah Valley (13-7, 2-3) has lost three of its last five. January 19, 2019 /Sports News – Local New Mexico State pulls away late, beats Utah Valley 83-78 The game was tied 66-66 with 5:40 remaining before the Aggies used a 13-5 surge and led 79-71 with 26 seconds to play. AJ Harris scored five points during the stretch and added two free throws with four seconds left. Tags: UVU Wolverines Basketball/WAC Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOREM, Utah (AP) — Eli Chuha had 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead New Mexico State to an 83-78 victory over Utah Valley on Saturday night. Jake Toolson scored 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting for Utah Valley. Ben Nakwaasah added 13 points and Wyatt Lowell had 12. Terrell Brown added 19 points and Harris finished with 18 for New Mexico State. Chuha, Brown and Harris combined for 22-of-26 shooting at the free-throw line. JoJo Zamora made a pair of 3-pointers and chipped in 13 points for the Aggies. Associated Presslast_img read more

Virus wreaks economic havoc as global cases top 17 million

first_imgHistoric contractions were additionally recorded in Germany (10.1 percent), Belgium (12.2 percent), Austria (10.7 percent) and Mexico (17 percent). Across the globe, companies were also taking a hit with Volkswagen, oil producer Shell, UK bank Lloyds and Japanese consumer electronics giant Panasonic all reporting huge losses.With travel down to a trickle, aerospace giant Airbus said it burned through more than 12 billion euros in cash in the first half of the year, with a net loss of 1.9 billion euros ($1.4 billion) and plans to cut production by 40 percent.But several Big Tech firms delivered better-than-expected results Thursday, underscoring growing consumer reliance on giants like Amazon during the pandemic as well as their extraordinary economic power. Apple profits rose eight percent to $11.2 billion, Amazon meanwhile said profits nearly doubled to $5.2 billion and Facebook said its profits doubled to $5.2 billion compared with the same period last year. Global daily cases are now approaching the 300,000 mark, with the curve showing no sign of flattening — it took just 100 hours for one million new cases to be recorded. The US counted 1,379 new deaths in the 24 hours before 8:30 pm Thursday (0030 GMT Friday), plus another 72,238 new infections. And the country also recorded another grim milestone: the death of Buddy, the first US pet dog to test positive for the virus. The seven-year-old German shepherd died after suffering from difficulty breathing and other symptoms for several months.In Japan, Tokyo’s governor called for restaurants, bars and karaoke parlors to shut earlier as the capital reported a record number of new infections.Sweden, whose controversial softer approach to curbing coronavirus has received worldwide attention, said it would encourage people to keep working from home into next year where possible, as the country passed 80,000 recorded cases.And Mexico became the world’s third hardest-hit country in terms of deaths as it notched more than 46,000 fatalities, according to a tally maintained by AFP.Read also: Italy extends coronavirus state of emergencyIsland resurgences Two island countries that were early poster children for containing the virus offered warnings against complacency on Thursday. In Australia, there were 723 positive tests in the southeastern state of Victoria alone, well beyond the previous nationwide record of 549 cases set on Monday.And Iceland recorded its first hospitalisation since mid-May, as well as 31 new cases, forcing the government to reimpose social distancing and masks, and limit the size of gatherings to 100. Hong Kong, which was also initially lauded for its coronavirus response, is struggling to balance fears of a third wave among its 7.5 million residents, which authorities fear could cripple the healthcare system, against anger at new restrictions. Just a day after restaurants were banned from serving customers indoors, the decision was reversed following a torrent of online criticism over images of mostly blue-collar workers forced to eat on pavements and in parks — and even inside public toilets to escape a torrential downpour.South Africa faces a similar dilemma and pushed back its nighttime curfew by an hour to 10 pm to help the devastated restaurant sector, despite a recent surge in cases. Ivory Coast however bucked the trend, announcing that bars, nightclubs and cinemas would reopen on Friday.The EU meanwhile carried out its fortnightly update to its list of safe countries. US travelers are still barred and Algeria was removed after a spike in cases. The safe list currently consists of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay — and would also include China if Beijing reciprocated.Topics : “Spikes of cases in some countries are being driven in part by younger people letting down their guard during the northern hemisphere summer,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. COVID-19 has killed more than 668,000 people and is forcing governments into a persistent balancing act between saving lives and preventing economic devastation. Nowhere is that challenge more evident than the world’s hardest-hit nation — also the world’s biggest economy — with the United States posting a second-quarter loss of 9.5 percent compared with the same period a year ago, the worst figure on record. If that trajectory carried through the entire year, its economy would collapse by nearly a third (32.9 percent), the data showed. The scale of economic devastation from the pandemic was laid bare on Thursday as Western economies recorded historic slumps, just as resurgent caseloads forced many countries into agonizing new trade-offs between health and financial stability. Six months after the World Health Organization declared a global emergency, the novel coronavirus has infected more than 17 million people worldwide. The WHO warned Thursday that young people are “not invincible” and were helping to drive resurgences in many places that had largely curbed the disease. last_img read more

2012 champ Sharapova awaits Halep in French final

first_imgRussia’s Maria Sharapova returns the ball during the third round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Argentina’s Paula Ormaechea at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Friday, May 30, 2014. Sharapova won in two sets 6-0, 6-0. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)PARIS (AP) — Might be easier said than done. Still, Maria Sharapova offered a tidy aphorism to sum up the formula that’s carried her to a third consecutive French Open final.“It’s not how you finish a first set,” Sharapova said, “it’s how you finish the last set.”Right now, no one is a better closer than she is on clay. Nearing a second championship at Roland Garros, and fifth Grand Slam trophy overall, Sharapova gritted her way to yet another comeback victory, beating 18th-seeded Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 in the semifinals Thursday.“If some things are not working out, I don’t just want to quit in the middle. Because when you lose the first set or a few games or you’re down a break, that’s not the end of the match,” Sharapova said. “That’s the type of philosophy that I play with.”She famously described herself years ago as feeling like a “cow on ice” on clay, but Sharapova now has won her past 19 matches that went to three sets on the demanding surface.In Saturday’s final, the No. 7-seeded Sharapova will face No. 4 Simona Halep, a 22-year-old Romanian who never before had been past the quarterfinals at a major. Halep turned in a much more straightforward victory than Sharapova, eliminating No. 28 Andrea Petkovic of Germany 6-2, 7-6 (4).“I have a lot of confidence in myself now,” said Halep, who a year ago was ranked only 57th and lost in the first round in Paris for the third time since 2010. “I played really well here; a few good matches. But next round will be very tough. I know Maria. She’s a great champion.”She is 0-3 against Sharapova. But Halep has claimed seven titles since the start of last season — “Impressive 12 months,” she called it — and used her smooth movement and smart angles to win all 12 sets she’s played these two weeks.Sharapova took a more difficult route to her ninth Grand Slam final.In the fourth round against 2011 U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur, Sharapova trailed 6-3, 4-3, then won the last nine games.In the quarterfinals against 20-year-old Garbine Muguruza, the woman who stunned Serena Williams last week, Sharapova trailed 6-1, 5-4, then won nine of the last 10 games.That pattern continued against another 20-year-old, Bouchard. After dropping the first set, then standing two games from defeat at 5-all in the second, Sharapova won eight of the last 10 games.She did it by playing aggressively in crunch time, risking more but also coming through more. After Bouchard’s ability to take the ball early helped her build a 13-8 edge in winners in the first set, Sharapova had a 25-16 edge in that category over the last two, celebrating most by shaking her left fist and crying, “Come on!”“She kind of elevated her game a little bit,” said Bouchard, who had been 9-0 in Grand Slam matches when winning the opening set.This was only Bouchard’s fifth major tournament, her second in a row reaching the semifinals.Less than two years ago, Bouchard was at the junior level, winning the Wimbledon girls’ title.“She is literally just scratching the surface,” said Nick Saviano, Bouchard’s coach. “She can play a much, much higher level as she goes along. She’s going to get faster. She’s going to get stronger.”The 27-year-old Sharapova already owns a career Grand Slam, with titles at Wimbledon in 2004, the U.S. Open in 2006, the Australian Open in 2008, and the French Open two years ago. And for someone who used to have a hard time on clay, she is 53-4 with six titles on it since the start of 2012; three of those losses came against Williams, including in the 2013 French Open final.“Sharapova does a good job of trying to stay in the moment,” Saviano said. “She’s got a lot of experience and a lot of fight. And she’s been around a long time.”Sharapova put aside various problems she had Thursday, including nine double-faults, two that wasted set points at 5-3 in the second. She showed terrific defense and court coverage when it counted most, forcing Bouchard to hit extra shots.Most important, at 2-1 in both the second and third sets, Bouchard raced to 40-love leads on her serve, only to have Sharapova steel herself and wind up breaking.“I didn’t feel that I was playing my best,” Sharapova said. “I fought, I scrambled, and I found a way to win.”___Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrichlast_img read more

Charlie Lake sewer lagoon temporary solution to the PRRD’s dumping concerns

first_imgOutgoing Director of Electoral Area C, Arthur Hadland says the new operation will only accept domestic sewage and will not be accessible to industry.Industry is one of the factors that led Fort St. John to make this decision in August of 2013, as they say it was based on changes to the Federal Sewer Regulations and the legal liability the city is exposed to in accepting waste from outside the community, including, but not limited to illegal dumping.“I am very relieved that the Electoral Area Directors are seeking a solution to the problem facing the rural residents,” Mayor Lori Ackerman said in a written statement. “The liability risk for the taxpayers in Fort St. John was just too great for the city to continue to provide this service.”- Advertisement -This is somewhat of a temporary solution, as the permit one, subject to public approval, is building new sub-regional sewage functions for all four rural electoral areas.“Staff has been working long hours to address this situation,” PRRD Chair, Karen Goodings said in a separate written statement. “It is important for rural residents to clearly understand that this is an interim solution pending the establishment of a water and sewer function.”The PRRD says details of the temporary site at Charlie Lake, such as how the public can access it, will be announced at a later date once approval is secured by the Ministry of Environment.Advertisementlast_img read more

49ers free agency: Tevin Coleman, Jimmie Ward reuniting with Shanahan

first_imgAnother year also means another shot … SANTA CLARA — Another year of free agency, another dual-threat running back for 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan.Tevin Coleman, who played in Shanahan’s offense with the Atlanta Falcons from 2015-16, is coming aboard to either complement or cover for Jerick McKinnon, the 49ers’ pricey free agent last year who’s recovering from knee reconstruction.Coleman signed a two-year, $10 million deal as the NFL’s new year began Wednesday, ESPN first reported.last_img read more

Raiders’ center Rodney Hudson may play vs. Lions

first_imgALAMEDA — Might the Raiders be back at full strength on the offensive line?’It looked possible Friday when center Rodney Hudson was on the field with his teammates and officially listed as “questionable” with an ankle injury.Given Hudson rarely misses time and earned legendary status in the locker room for playing through a kidney stone in late 2017, it’s possible he’ll give it a go Sunday when the Raiders host the Detroit Lions at the Coliseum.Hudson and Andre James, the undrafted free …last_img read more

Network Literacy Critical in New Information Era

first_imgA new information eraHour by hour, day after day, in workplaces all across this nation and the world, workers are hearing the term “social networking.”They’ve begun to understand that the old information order in which people interacted, taught, and learned exclusively in face-to-face encounters and through the printed word has changed. It’s been replaced or complemented by something radically different — virtual sources of knowledge and communication, accessible at the speed of light.They see their coworkers integrating social media tools — tweeting, posting to Facebook and blogging — into their everyday work. These early adopting colleagues have discovered that using these tools and techniques enables them to connect, share, and make deeper professional imprints among a wider circle of peers.Missing out? But how to begin?The people who haven’t started incorporating social media tools into their work sense they’re missing out on something — something lasting and significant — something big.They are anxious to take the critical first step. But how? How do they master all of this and make it work for them?In other words, how do they become network-literate — fluent in the skills that define communicating in the 21st century? How do they find the time? How do they avoid the perils widely associated with social networking — privacy infringement and copyright violation, to name only a couple? How do they convince their supervisors to encourage social networking as part of their plans of work and evaluate the impacts of their social media efforts?Military Families Learning Network Literacy Community of PracticeThe Military Families Learning Network Literacy Community of Practice was formed to provide professionals not only with the skills but also with the mindset to make optimal use of this new approach to communicating.Our main goal is to engage a broad learning network to help define a new kind of professional — a fully engaged, networked professional equipped not merely to survive in this new, highly competitive communication landscape but also to learn, teach, create, share, and build within both personal and professional networked communities.The times are calling on all of us to build deeply engaged, reciprocal relationships with those we serve, learn from, and create with. Simply learning how to use social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook to reach larger numbers of clients isn’t enough. We must learn to use these and other online tools to build two-way, even multi-party, collaborative relationships with our clients.This is why a big part of the Network Literacy effort will involve helping professionals become comfortable with online social networking tools and then to begin building and sustaining collaborative relationships within emerging networks.A critical first step will be learning how to help professionals gain sufficient levels of what networking visionary Thomas Vander Wal describes as social comfort, namely learning how to build networks in which participants not only feel comfortable among each other but also with the technological tools and subject matter.This is the charge of the Network Literacy effort: to build a new-model worker adequately equipped and inspired to use emerging networks to forge close, highly collaborative relationships with their clients.In the course of helping build this new working model, we hope to contribute something equally as significant: a powerful group of transformers, people who, in the course of building open, fully engaged networked environments, also create transformative relationships with their clients.Join our efforts to promote online network literacy Become a member of our community of practice or liking our Facebook page. You can also contribute to our curation of content about social media and online networks by tagging your posts “#netlit”.Find out moreJoin us on Monday, October 3rd, 2011 at 2 p.m. EDT for an interactive webinar discussing Network Literacy and the eXtension Network Literacy Community of Practice. More details are available here.Authors: Jim Langcuster, Bob Bertsch, Peg Boyles and Stephen JuddThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.last_img read more

Definitive Buying Guide: Video Drones For Every Level and Budget

first_img3DR X8+The 3DR X8+ falls in between an Intermediate and Advanced drone. That’s because it’s slightly more customizable than any other drone previously listed. You’ll need to know a little bit more about electronics, as this isn’t a fly-out-of-the-box video drone.This is a customizable aircraft that can hold a payload just over 1.7lbs (800g). That means you can attach a lightweight camera of your choice. Most often, video users will often attach a GoPro Hero. This drone is also highly used by photographers and cartographers, as it can capture great stills for mapping with a lightweight consumer still camera.You will need to purchase the gimbal separately, based on the type of camera you plan to attach. You will also need to purchase a LiveView kit as well. This will cost you an additional $560 to the drone by itself.3DR X8+ | $1350 | ~15 Minute Flight Time | No Camera or Gimbal Included Advanced Video DronesFreefly AltaThe Freefly Alta is a highly sought after hexcopter from the same company that created the revolutionary MoVI. The Alta was one of the first mass-manufactured drones that offered the ability to mount a camera above or below the rotors.The Alta can carry a 15 lb payload, allowing you to fly many high-end camera packages. It can also be flown up to a 45 degree angle and still give superb video quality. It comes in a custom pelican case, and can go from the case into the air in minutes.Image via Freefly SystemsThis drone offers so much customization, from the battery options to just about any camera package you can imagine. Based on the weight and options, this drone can stay in the air up to a staggering 45 minutes. It’s also designed to be used with the MoVi, allowing incredible stabilization.Freefly Alta | $8495 | 10-45 Minute Flight Time | No Camera or Gimbal Included GoPro Drone (2016)The GoPro drone is scheduled for an early-to-mid-2016 release, but nothing has been released other than the GoPro Drone test footage showing off the stabilization.While I was underwhelmed by the footage, that doesn’t mean it won’t be a decent entry-level drone. Without knowing more specifics, I can’t really classify this drone as anything but a beginner drone. Knowing that their cameras are mass marketed for consumers, you can bet that their drone will do the same.GoPro Drone | $ Coming Soon | Unknown Flight Time | GoPro Camera 3DR SoloThe 3DR Solo is one of the newest drones on this list. You may have heard it called The Smart Drone. 3D Robotics worked directly with GoPro to develop this drone, but it is available with or without the GoPro gimbal.This was one of the first drones to announce features like Follow Me, Selfie, and Orbit modes. You may have seen their incredibly popular promo video.Here are the available 3DR Solo options:3DR Solo Smart Drone (No Gimbal) | $999 | 25 Minute Flight Time3DR Solo Smart Drone (GoPro Gimbal) | $1399 | 25 Minute Flight Time | GoPro Camera (Not Included) Have a favorite drone on this list? Did we miss an aircraft? Let us know in the comments below. A comprehensive list of the best video drones for beginners, advanced users, and everyone in between. These quadcopters, hexcopters, and octocopters will all take your work to new heights.Top Image via Freefly SystemsTrying to find the right drone for you video production needs? This list includes every level of video production aircraft. After your purchase, be sure to check back on our blog. We offer all sorts of video drone news, tips for shooting cinematic drone footage, and interviews with aerial videographers.Also, take note… There will be new regulation on drones in the coming months. It’s not yet known at what size you will need to start registering your drones with the FAA, but it is going to happen. Be sure to abide all rules of the air, especially avoiding no fly zones.Beginner Video DronesDJI Phantom 3 SeriesThe DJI Phantom has grown to be synonymous with drones. It is the most recognized video drone in the world, and for good reason. This thing is a beast, and has set the standard for video aircraft.Yes, one of the drones is called the Professional edition, but all three of these models are still entry-level aircraft. The Phantoms originally flew GoPro cameras, but the latest Phantom 3 Series features a camera built by DJI themselves. For an in-depth breakdown on the various aircraft, check out this helpful guide from DJI.They recently added a major update to the Phantom 3 series. The quadcopters now feature Intelligent Flight Modes, like the incredibly popular Follow Me feature.Here are the available options for the DJI Phantom 3 Series:DJI Phantom 3 Standard  | $699 | 20-25 Minute Flight Time | Built-in Camera 2.7K Footage – 30fpsDJI Phantom 3 Advanced | $999 | 17-23 Minute Flight Time | Built-in Camera 2.7K Footage – 30fpsDJI Phantom 3 Professional | $1259 | 17-23 Minute Flight Time | Built-in Camera 4K Footage – 30fpsTake a look at this hands on review from the guys at Tested. Parrot BebopThe Parrot Bebop is one of the most popular consumer drones. You can often find them in the electronics department at your local big box store. If you just want some HD footage from an easy-to-fly drone, this may be your best option. It also comes in three colors: red, blue, and yellow.The drone can be flown with an iOS or Android phone and tablet, or you can purchase a physical controller. The Bebop comes with two batteries, so you can enjoy a little more flight time without having to immediately buy additional batteries.It also has built in safety features — like the blade stopping when coming into contact with an object. The camera is front facing, so you can also wear a headset and fly in First Person View — FPV.Here are the Parrot Bebop options:Parrot Bebop | $499 |  11 Minute Flight Time | Built-in Camera 1080p – 30fpsParrot Bebop with Skycontroller | $899 | 11 Minute Flight Time | Built-in Camera 1080p – 30fps DJI  Spreading Wings SeriesThe DJI Spreading Wings Series is composed of hexcopters and octocopters designed for lightweight DSLR and mirrorless cameras. These drones use the DJI Zenmuse Z15 Gimbal, which comes with many camera options.These drones are designed to fly compact cameras, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, Canon 5D MkIII, Panasonic Lumix GH4, and the Sony a7 series. The price of the gimbal alone is $2500. So on average expect to spend at least $4000 on a Spreading Wings, and note that does not include the price of the camera.Here are the current available DJI Spreading Wings options:Spreading Wings S900 | $1400 | 18 Minute Flight Time | No Camera or Gimbal IncludedSpreading Wings S1000+ | $1900 | 15 Minute Flight Time | No Camera or Gimbal Included MicroDrone 3.0We previously listed the MicroDrone 3.0 as one of the coolest crowdfunding campaigns. If you are just looking to experiment with flying a video drone, or just to have a drone to play with, this may be the one for you.If the name doesn’t give it away, this thing is tiny. It fits in the palm of your hand. The MicroDrone 3.0 has a live HD stream with a micro-gimbal to keep the camera steady.  Don’t let its size fool you, this thing can fly in winds up to 45mph.You can also modify the MicroDrone by adding Indoor Protective Bumpers, expanding the blade, or even 3D printing a custom cage. The camera is front facing and ready for FPV view. These were designed for you to race with a friends, so multiple drone packs are available. They also include a Google Cardboard headset.MicroDrone 3.0 | $175 | 6-8 Minute Flight Time | Built-in Camera 720p – 30fps2 MicroDrone 3.0 | $289 | 6-8 Minute Flight Time | Built-in Camera 720p – 30fps Yuneec TyphoonThe Yuneec Typhoon is now a direct competitor to the Inspire 1, but it comes in at a fraction of the price. In fact, the Typhoon had many flying features well before the Inspire 1 was updated. This includes the Follow Me and Watch Me functions.The Typhoon comes with two batteries, and an array of camera options. There is a soon-to-be-released GoPro edition, the HD Q500+, and the most impressive 4K version. The Q500 4K is also the best value, as it costs $100 more than the HD camera. The 4K edition can also shoots slow motion up to 120 fps.The radio controller features a built-in touch screen monitor, so you don’t have to connect to an external monitor, phone, or tablet. The Yuneec also comes with a handheld gimbal, the SteadyGrip. The SteadyGrip comes at no additional cost, giving you the ability to use the camera on the ground right out of the box.Here are the Yuneec Typhoon Q500 options:Yuneec Typhoon G | $ Coming Soon | 20-25 Minute Flight Time | GoPro Hero Camera (Not Included)Yuneec Typhoon Q500+ | $1049 |  20-25 Minute Flight Time | Built-in Camera 1080p (24-60fps)Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K | $1199 |  20-25 Minute Flight Time | Built-in Camera 4K (24-30 fps), 1080p (24-120fps) Intermediate Video DronesDJI Inspire 1The DJI Inspire 1 has become the go-to drone for independent production houses. This quadcopter is absolutely fantastic in the air. The stability and GPS positioning are incredibly accurate. You also have full control of the camera while in the air. The DJI Inspire 1 also allows you to use multiple controllers, allowing a pilot and a camera operator independent control. It also features some of the Intelligent Flight features available with the Phantom 3 series.Perhaps the best thing about this drone is that is was designed to be upgraded over time. Since its release, there have been several software updates to the drone, X3 camera, and controller. The propellors are receiving their third upgrade for better design and quick assembly. It’s also very easy to replace body parts, in case you experience any rough landings or crashes.Most notably, the DJI Inspire 1 just received a major camera and gimbal upgrade. This is the first drone to offer a built-in camera with a Micro 4/3 mount. The X5 camera is currently available, and the X5R will be available in the near future. Added benefit, the Inspire 1 cameras can also be used handheld after purchasing a DJI Osmo.Here are the DJI Inspire 1 options:DJI Inspire 1 V2.0  | $3099 | 20-25 Minute Flight Time | Built-in X3 Camera 4K (24-30 fps), 1080p (24-60fps)DJI Inspire 1 Pro | $4499 | 18-22 Minute Flight Time | Built-in X5 Camera 4K (24-30 fps), 1080p (24-60fps)DJI Inspire 1 Pro RAW | ~$7999 | 18-22 Minute Flight Time | Built-in X5R Camera Lossless 4K RAW, 4K (24-30fps), 1080p (24-60fps)last_img read more