Thursday July 21, 2016

18-Year-Old’s Startup Rolls Out Teal, World’s Fastest Commercial Drone

Some kids are fascinated by spaceships and flying machines. Others spend hours building model airplanes. Or memorizing names of their favorite space craft. But only one kid has built a drone at age 14, won a fellowship from a tech investor at age 17, and a year later launched a record-breaking product under his own company. Meet George Matus, Jr., a lifelong flight enthusiast, former teenage world champion drone pilot, Thiel Fellow and CEO of Teal Drone. At age 18, George rolled out his company’s first product, which happens to be the world’s fastest production drone, capable of flying 85 mph. "Teal," as Matus put it, "is the realization of a dream."

Powered by NVIDIA Jetson TX1, Teal is an airborne supercomputing platform. The drone, which will be available soon, will ship fully assembled with the onboard flight control Follow-Me feature, which allows the drone to autonomously follow a person. Plus it comes with a partially charged battery so you can immediately unbox Teal and start having fun.