UK-based Torquing Group has chosen Lantronix, Inc., a global provider of smart IoT (Internet of Things) solutions, to provide secure, onboard Wi-Fi technology for its new ZANO nano drone, an aerial photography and HD video capture nano platform. The companies will unveil ZANO at the Digital Experience media event on January 5, 2015, and will showcase the product during 2015 International CES from January 6 – 9, 2015.
The hand-sized ZANO utilizes the Lantronix xPico® Wi-Fi module to provide secure and direct connectivity to both iOS and Android devices, which enables users to communicate with and control the ZANO. Utilizing a smartphone or tablet, users can either direct ZANO or set the intelligent nano drone to automatically follow the user and capture photos from a fixed distance. A multitude of sensors work seamlessly together to allow ZANO to avoid obstacles, hold its position, and know exactly where it is in conjunction with a smart handheld device, at all times.
“With its small form factor, advanced security and connectivity features, Lantronix’s xPico Wi-Fi module was an ideal solution for ZANO,” said Reece Crowther, vice president of sales and marketing for Torquing. “The Lantronix xPico Wi-Fi was easy to deploy and provided a significant piece of the equation, enabling us to get our intelligent, compact consumer photography drone off the ground and flying.”
“The growth of personal drones is flying high with consumers as more and more people use these unmanned flying machines for a wide variety of purposes,” said Kurt Busch, president and chief executive officer for Lantronix. “Drones such as ZANO are examples of applications of the convergence of IoT and mobility, for which Lantronix’s solutions are ideal. We’re thrilled to play an enabling role and congratulate Torquing Group on creating a sophisticated nano drone, designed to be easily piloted by consumers. ZANO is innovation at its best, and is a great illustration of how technology vision can become reality.”