From Phones to Drones: Nokia’s New Hexacopter Targets Industrial-use with RGB and Thermal Cameras

The iconic phone maker unveiled a new logo this year, signifying a switch from consumer tech to actual infrastructure and business-focused solutions. Their latest product, a 5G-capable hexacopter drone drives that message home with its enterprise and industry-focused approach. The massive copter is designed to carry a variety of payloads, from cameras to scanning devices to even loudspeakers or modems. It’s crafted with robust materials, is designed to be reliable and repairable… but most importantly, it’s designed and manufactured entirely in the EU, offering an alternative to businesses and governments looking to shift away from China-developed drone technology.

Designer: Nokia

Nokia’s drone isn’t your average DJI or Parrot-style flying machine. It’s much larger, covering a span of at least 3 feet in diameter when resting on the ground. Designed for industries, construction, safety/security, emergency services, transportation, or even smart-city monitoring, the drone comes with its own docking station, dual gimbal cameras, and edge cloud processing using Nokia MX Industrial Edge (MXIE). “By connecting over public and private 4G/LTE and 5G networks, customers will benefit from the highest reliability,” Nokia’s team mentions. “Beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations with real-time kinetic (RTK) positioning improves situational awareness. Dual modem connectivity allows Nokia drones to simultaneously connect to multiple networks, complying with system redundancy that is commonly required by aviation regulatory bodies.”

The drone comes with a 6-rotor design that’s made for effective navigation no matter the situation, weather, or environment. For drones, this one is built like a tank, sporting a carbon fiber chassis that keeps the drone light but sturdy, and an overall construction that’s water, dust, and wind resistant. Dual modems ensure the drone stays connected through its entire journey, and if the connection ever falters, the drone has its own return-to-launchpad protocols built in that allow it to make its way back to its docking station while avoiding no-fly zones.

A highlight of the drone’s design is its modular lower platform that allows you to mount a variety of accessories that transform the drone’s purpose. You’ve got a dual-camera module with a Thermal and an RGB camera capable of 30x zoom, but undock the camera and you can swap it for a LiDAR sensor instead, allowing the drone to 3D scan objects and environments instead. Nokia offers other modules too, including a powerful spotlight for rescue missions, or a loudspeaker for delivering messages/warnings/alerts. If you’ve got a custom requirement, Nokia’s Payload Development Kit lets you build your own module to mount onto the drone, making it serve your mission/project’s needs.

The Nokia Drone Networks solution offers remote operation capabilities for search and rescue missions and damage assessment in hazardous environments. These drones can also be programmed to conduct autonomous flights for tasks like enhancing security at major events or conducting regular equipment inspections in remote locations. The docking station not only safeguards the drone and its payload, which may include sensor devices or a dual gimbal camera, from external dangers and severe weather conditions but also remotely charges the drone in preparation for its next flight.

Given its enterprise/industry-focused approach, the Nokia Drone isn’t available to consumers. For businesses looking to place orders, there’s an Enquiry button on Nokia’s website.

This all-in-1 home renovation tool has a laser measure, stud finder, thermal camera, moisture gauge, and voltage meter

Barely larger than a GoPro, the MAKA Pro Measure is every DIY interior junkie’s best friend. Designed to replace an entire toolbox of items you’d need to perform your home improvement routines, the MAKA Pro Measure lets you measure, detect, and pre-empt everything before you start renovating or decorating your house. It calculates distances, areas, and volumes, locates studs, beams, and cables, and detects wood as well as wires, with more than 9 materials behind the wall, also includes a built-in moisture meter and AC detector, as well as an add-on thermal imaging camera so you can identify signs of heat and energy loss in your home’s insulation.

Designer: MAKA Design

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Stud Finder

Moisture Meter

AC Detector

Thermal Imager

The MAKA Pro Measure reduces your entire home-improvement utility belt to just one pocket-sized device that lets you expertly prep for any repair or renovation around the house. The tiny handheld gadget works as a laser measuring tool that measures distances, areas, and volumes in a matter of seconds, calculating even Pythagorean measurements for quick diagonals. Along with measuring, the laser acts as a guide too, for hanging paintings, aligning wall-based decor like shelves and racks, or even attaching tube lights and other fixtures.

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Measure Like a Pro – The most versatile laser measure you could find to satisfy every on-site measure scenario!

Laser measures are a dime a dozen, but the MAKA Pro Measure has a built-in stud detector too that lets you quickly look into your wall or past your drywall for studs, beams, and wiring. Unlike conventional stud detectors that simply beep, the MAKA’s display visually indicates when you locate something, differentiating between drywall studs, metal reinforcement beams, and wires. The device’s sensor identifies as many as 9 different materials and can detect them up to depths of 100mm or up to 4 inches within your wall or drywall, helping you also accurately locate them with a center-alignment feature.

Detect Like a Pro – Thermal imager allows you to troubleshoot surrounding unseen housing problems at your fingertips.

Also packed into the handheld gizmo is a pop-out pair of electrodes that work for measuring moisture in walls, or even for detecting AC current in outlets. Along with it, the MAKA also comes with an add-on thermal imaging camera that lets you check your house’s insulation, measure hot spots for placing your air-conditioner, see if you’ve got any gadgets/appliances that are heating up, or even check if your refrigerator/freezer is working at peak temperature. The thermal-imaging camera snaps right to the side of the MAKA, detecting anywhere from -20°C up to a 1000°C. The thermal imaging module offers 5 viewing modes going from regular to infrared thermal vision, and built-in storage also lets you capture as many as 52 photos for future referral.

A handheld design, coupled with a touchscreen display an a set of physical controls makes the MAKA Pro Measure incredibly easy to use even by first-timers, and comes trusted by industry experts. The interface on the device is highly intuitive, and aims at replacing more conventional tools that occupy space and add to your overall clutter. The MAKA has a built-in 1000mAh battery that has it lasting right through your revamp/renovation process without constantly needing to charge it, although a Type-C port lets you charge it whenever the battery runs dry. The MAKA Pro Measure starts at a discounted $129 for just the device, or at $249 for a combo kit that also includes a thermal imager, a tripod, and a soft-shell carrying case.

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