INTRODUCING J.ME

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After owning several toy grade drones/quadcopters and a handful of hobby grade ones you can see and feel the difference between the two. I reached out to Feima Robotics after I saw on Instagram that they were offering a few up for review. Thankfully BlackCatGadgets was one of the selected reviewers to receive a review unit!

Feima Robotics is a newcomer to drone arena, their team is composed of several former executives of Lenovo, that have a committed drive to creating portable, safe, easy to use drones. This is their first consumer-class UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles), which also happens to be the first mini camera drone based on the MediaTek processor.

The drone is called the J.Me from Feima Robotics. Some strong selling points for this drone include 4K video, obstacle avoidance, the world’s smallest 2axis brushless gimbal (at the time this was published), 23 minutes of flight time, and it small and portable. Sounds like the makings for a winner to me!

So let us jump right into some specs and insight into the J.ME (pronounced Jimmy)

J.Me is of the selfie flying type/genre. Compared to selfie drones that I reviewed in another article this is not the smallest of the bunch but for sure the most practical given it features.

This drone is app controlled with the hope for remote coming in 2-3 months according to Feima Robotics. App control features such as tracking, follow me, surrounding flight, waypoint planning, voice control, motion control, auto take off and landing, and RTH (return to home) are just some of the features.

Interested? It’s available for purchase HERE!

 

Performance

As mentioned earlier the drone uses a MediaTek ten-core 64-bit processor the Helio X20 clocked at 2.6Ghz. The flight control system used is IIFC which means Intelligent & Interactive Flight Control. This means you get real-time operation of all the onboard sensors, processors, and reaction. These are some of the sensors and modules that are on the J.ME: 4k Camera(13mp stills), IMU, GPS, WI-FI (2.4GHz 19dBm & 5.8GHz 16dBm), Barometer, Compass, 2 Obstacle avoidance cameras, optical flow camera, and an ultrasonic sensor. PHEW!! That’s a lot of components but they all tie together to give J.Me the locked-in accurate flight and feedback it needs. Gets even better 3GB of RAM and 32GB onboard storage…wait am I flying a cell phone.

 

Camera

Great specs and it is mechanically stabilized, unlike most drones in the selfie category that have Electric Image Stabilization. How is this possible you say. Feima Robotics put the world’s smallest 2-axis gimbal on this camera. This has many purposes one being to eliminate jitter/jello that is produced during flight and also gives the user the ability to control the camera’s pitch angle remotely (15-90 degrees). Here are some of the camera specs for all you tech junkies:

Camera Specs

Image Sensor 1/3.06 inch CMOS; 13 mega pixel; IMX258

Lens:  FOV 76 °; 28mm (35mm format as equivalent) focus at infinity; f/2.0

Iso Scope: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, and 6400

shutter speed 1s to 1/8000’s

max photo resolution 4096×3072

video resolution 3840×2160, 1920×1080, 1280×720 in MP4 and 3GP.

Also, you can shoot single or burst shots, timed or delayed, and mono or negative settings.

 

FLIGHT Features

By Feima Robotics putting so much computing power and sensory into J.Me they were able to implement IPRV Intelligent & Proactive Robot Vision. IT’S ALIVE!! This is all to say that IPRV provides self-learning visual technology.  This gives J.Me the ability to do object Tracking know as to follow me mode. This sets this drone about from some of the other selfie drones because it does not need to use the GPS from another device to follow that. This is all done through algorithms by that might ten core MTK processor to keep the object being tracked as the center of attention.

In addition, to Follow me, you have waypoints which are you can plan a route (set of points) that you want J.Me to take and it will complete that route autonomously. You also get the option to circle/surround and object while keeping it in the view of the camera. Few other cool things are using your voice control to control J.ME flight which you speak directly into your device with a command and J.Me performs it as long as it’s within parameters. Motion flight is another control flight option where you use the phone in tilting motions to point where J.ME goes.

And last but not least obstacle avoidance, this drone can fly and hover indoors while not having any GPS satellite lock and not strike anything in front of it. This is carried out through an array of sensors mainly being optical flow ultrasonic wave sensors along with input from the 2 obstacle avoidance sensors mounted to the front legs of J.ME. Indoor flight is pretty accurate giving horizontal position accuracy of +or- 0.3m and vertical accuracy of + or – 0.1m. All the basic features are carried out in the app as well such as Auto Takeoff and Landing, Gimbal Pitch control, Return to home, and your buttons to take video/photos.

Interested? It’s available for purchase HERE!

 

My Thoughts

Feima Robotics is sitting on a nice piece of hardware with some great software abilities. Having flown many drones with different grades of cameras J.Me is a best to buy item over the other selfie drones. Zerotech Dobby gets about 6-7mins, Wingsland around 9-10mins, and the Breeze by Yuneec about 12-13mins. Now taking that into consideration J.Me gave me 24mins even though the spec says 23mins. Just the 2-axis gimbal, 24 mins, smooth app, and problem less flight I had made me a believer. Now pic quality is great and the video quality is superb but like everything, it could use some tweaks. On the 1st firmware, there was some jitter/jello present in my videos, on the 2nd firmware update less jitter some it’s being corrected slowly. I did experience a little left to right rock in a hover which could be software or props not balanced. A huge winner for me is I been in contact with Feima Robotics and they are quick to respond and give direction they seem to like feedback for future correction. After sales support is huge.

In short, if you are in the market to spend $350-$500 look into the J.Me you won’t be disappointed, if you don’t like the fact of using a phone to control it, no worries Feima Robotics is working on a remote. Go get you J.Me and start getting some great footage. Be sure to check out the unboxing, and flight videos on our YouTube Channel!

Interested? It’s available for purchase HERE!

 

Some Drone Flight Pics:

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