Interesting Drone concept with 360° cameras looks like a magical floating orb from a sci-fi movie – Yanko Design – Form Beyond Function


The reason the drone archetype exists is because it’s a tried and tested format. Four propellers on either corner (or six if you’re lucky) and a relatively aerodynamic design with legs for taking off and landing. Throw in a few cameras and sensors and you’ve got yourself a drone that’s easy to recognize. However, break this archetype and you’ve got yourself something quite unrecognizable – like the Jupiter drone concept by Anton Weaver.
Weaver’s drone has a monolithic orb-esque form that defies both gravity as well as the ‘rules’ of drone design. It uses a large single propeller, and what I imagine is an internal gyroscope to move around in the air, stay upright, and even twist and turn while in mid-air. The drone’s unusual design is further characterized by the presence of fisheye lens cameras that allow it to capture everything it sees, sort of like a levitating GoPro.


(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});


Weaver’s design focuses more on shock-value than actual physics or aerodynamics, which is precisely what makes the Jupiter drone concept fun to analyze from a design sense. The drone’s strange shape almost gives it the appearance of an all-seeing eyeball that levitates around everywhere, and according to Weaver’s visualizations, it’s the kind of drone you’d use to film the action around you – thanks to the presence of dual fisheye 4K cameras that can capture in 360°.
It comes with the battery mounted on the top (weighing a commendable 400g) and has sensors at the bottom that detect proximity, allowing it to nail the landing – because without any bumpers or feet, the Jupiter can only take-off and land on your palm. The fact that the outer shell protects the internal propeller so well makes it perfect for this, as well as acting as a general buffer as the drone flies around filming the world around you!
Designer: Anton Weaver


(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});




You’ve heard about fidget toys, but have you ever heard about fidget lighting? The Accordion Lamp from Gingko is the perfect example of a lighting design…
Hiding a safe behind a picture frame is too 1980s… this picture frame hides a secret whiteboard behind it, for you to jot down your clever…
Many say that the only difference between the Tablet and the Netbook is the absence/presence of a keyboard. In fact, most people use their tablets as…
Somehow the small earphones haven’t really reached their full potential. I still think that around-ear headphones provide the best listening experience. There’s little to none sound…
Inspired by the movie War of the Worlds, the Invader lamp is the DIY thang that I’d like to get for my table. Just for the…
We have hipsters to thank for bringing back pickling as a hobby but the Japanese have been enjoying “tsukemono” or preserved vegetables and fruits for ages!…
We’re an online magazine dedicated to covering the best in international product design. We have a passion for the new, innovative, unique and undiscovered. With our eyes firmly focused on the future.

source