Drone Flying Goggles Bring Slavonian Developers to Las Vegas

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They will take part in the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show.

Although a team of young developers from Osijek has been working on numerous projects for foreign customers for nearly two years, they have come into the media focus only recently, after they presented their idea which could have a far-reaching impact on the global, rapidly expanding drone and consumer electronics market, reports Glas Slavonije on October 7, 2018.

The startup in question is Orqa, a daughter company of Tenzor, which deals with development and prototyping of new electronic devices. A few days ago, the company won the first prize at the largest regional competition of technological ideas, Idea Knockout, thanks to its original and innovative product, the FPV.One goggles for drone flying.

Thanks to this victory won against strong competition, they will have an incredible opportunity to travel to the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2019), where they will be able to present their goggles to the world’s largest investors and distributors.

Orqa can therefore be best described as another positive story coming from Osijek. The project leaders are Ivan Jelušić, Srđan Kovačević and Vlatko Matijević, partners and co-founders of a company which keeps growing and currently has 12 engineers. With its consumer electronics products, it has reached the markets of the United States, Great Britain, Spain, Germany, Portugal, India, Singapore and Australia.

“We have been working in this format for the last two years and we have created a team of young, professional and ambitious people with great ideas. We mainly deal with consumer electronics products, namely design, electronics and mechanics development, and we also design prototypes for foreign customers. Some of the more interesting projects are a unique slow food preparation appliance for a Spanish customer and the development of a product for a large customer from Germany, to whom we will deliver 10,000 hospital hygiene quality control devices by the end of this year,” said Jelušić, pointing out that they were simultaneously working on a large number of projects in order to finance their original idea, which is the drone goggles.

The Orqa co-founder said that the drone market is estimated at nearly 17 billion dollars, of which FPVs (first-person view) goggles make about one half, with the double-digit growth expected in the next few years. But, in the context of technology and innovation, FPV drone goggles were not significantly advanced until the Orqa team decided to deconstruct them and create the best goggles in the world.

The next step for the FPV.One goggles is to present them to the global market. The official start of sales is expected before the end of the year. The innovative goggles from Osijek are primarily targeted for the increasingly popular drone competitions, while their industrial version, in a somewhat more robust case, should be ready in the first half of 2019.

Using the same technology, Orqa will develop goggles that will find its application in other segments of human activity, such as search and rescue, medicine, and in assisting the autonomous vehicle driving systems.

Translated from Glas Slavonije (reported by Marko Mandić).


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