Mota Group will be at the Drone Advisory Committee July 17 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. We are members of the UAS Safety Team, an industry-FAA partnership to create data-driven safely enhancements for drone flight, and the Consumer Technology Association’s Drone Standards group, where we helped write an ANSI standard for drone serial numbers. The DAC advises the FAA on integrating drones into the U.S. national airspace. It helps identify challenges and prioritize improvements. The airspace system is intended to establish a safe, efficient environment for civil, commercial and military
About 75% of the world’s aircraft will fly with 3D printed components by 2021, according to Gartner. The other day the Financial Times reported the Australian company Titomic made a 3D printer the size of a bus that can print titanium aircraft components up to nearly 9m long. 3D printing enables the creation of more complex, lightweight structures than current manufacturing methods. Aircraft wings are highly complex surfaces, designed to wring the most lift-per-ounce, whether it’s the Concorde or a fixed-wing drone. There are still many things to be ironed out,
Reporters from Bloomberg News had their eyes opened at the Singapore Airshow this month. “The future of aviation is on display in a cavernous exhibition hall at Asia’s largest airshow,” they wrote, “and it’s drones.” For the last few months, we‘ve been asking people to imagine a world, where, when you open your door, drones will be flying everywhere. That future is now. Drones have made inroads at lightning speed against manned aircraft like helicopters and planes, replacing them for an incredible variety of uses. At the Singapore show there was
February 14, 2018

Putting Your Drone to Work

Making money from your drone can be fun and provide extra income or even be a full-time job, but there are a few things you need to know before you start. The good news: your first job just might pay for the drone and all the trimmings like extra batteries! Here are our suggestions: (1) Write out what you want to do with a drone. These could include: Weddings, Marketing real estate from homes to hotels, Covering sporting events, Property inspections, Checking a construction jobsite, Agricultural mapping or images over time
February 23, 2017

ULTRA™ is the New Super

At MOTA we designed a universally appealing drone in terms of aesthetic appeal, but also a drone that requires less than 5 minutes to go from novice to pro. Today, recreational freedom comes in the shape of the world’s easiest drone to fly: ULTRA™. This little guy is big enough to chase your pets around the house, small enough to fit in your hands and quick enough to make you feel like King Kong trying to swat it out of the sky. What makes it unquestionably attractive is not just the
Toy Fair is one of the largest toy shows in the world. It’s where most every child would like to be, and we’ll be there next month with a flock of new drones. They run from battle-ready, kid-friendly micro fliers to a compact high-performance camera drone that’s smaller than a sheet of paper but captures stunning 4K video from thousands of feet away. And we’ll have our JETJAT ULTRA, selected by parents, industry experts and journalists as a finalist for 2017 Toy of the Year. Small enough to hide in a
Held each January in Las Vegas, CES is one of the largest consumer electronics shows in the world.     We showed off cool new products, from the palm-sized JETJAT Striker drones—battle-tough, kid-friendly micro drones just for play—to a very large drone for extended operations like search and rescue in harsh weather.   We also showed off JETJAT JoJo, new to our drone line-up. Smaller than a sheet of paper, it packs a 14-megapixel camera for stunning 4K video, optical sensors for precise flight indoors as well and out and autoflkight
September 6, 2016

New iPhones Tomorrow

  Apple unveils its newest iPhone line up tomorrow at 10:00 PT. By many measures the iPhone 6s is the best-selling smartphone in the world. So, how could they improve on it? Well, their phones could be even thinner and lighter. And of course higher performance. Our sources in the heart of Shenzhen and elsewhere tell us what you can look for. In decreasing probability: Apple Lightning connector / Bluetooth replacing the earbud jack for thinner design. Cooler colors. Increased water resistance. New dual-camera system. Higher-capacity storage. Better optical image stabilization,
We know just how important Father’s Day is. Fathers are a rare breed. In fact, there are some that really go the extra mile. Did you know that in the underwater world of seahorses, it’s the male that gets to carry the eggs and birth the babies? How’s that for a little fatherly love? Census data shows there are more than 70.1 million dads in the U.S. alone. That’s a whole lot of dads. Why not make yours happy on this special day and give him the gift of cool? And
Everyone likes miniature things. Just think of anything that can come in mini sizes and realize how amazing it is. Mini ponies. Mini vacations. Mini malls. Minnie Mouse? Okay maybe the last one is a different kind of mini but you get the point. That’s why we have this mini video showing you the latest buzz on our smart drones from CES Asia 2016. Even with a tagline like mini, this video is packed with so much information we should change the title to huge or monstrous. But, we’re not going
You made it through the Big Easy’s Mardi Gras, or maybe you’re gearing up for the Grammys in L.A., but if you’re in New York City this week, you’re probably wishing for temps out of the single digits. Toy Fair could be enough to warm your heart. It’s one of the largest toy shows in the world, and we’re there with our newest just-for-fun drones! One of them, the world’s littlest, even goes on an adventure. In an illustrated story we’re showing at our booth, JETJAT Nano™ takes off exploring. He has
December 14, 2015

New Drones Landing at CES!

Hope everyone had a happy turkey day and profitable Black Friday / Cyber Monday! This holiday season we’re asking Santa to fly the world’s smallest, lightest drone, JETJAT™ Nano, to every household. “FUN FUN FUN!!!” wrote one customer over at Amazon, where it’s been flying out the doors faster than Santa’s sleigh.   Free Fly Safely! Poster Our little Nano packs outsized performance in an über-small package. It gives everyone the thrill of flight, so we also launched Fly Safely! to encourage drone etiquette. See how to tread the sky lightly; download our
October 21, 2015

MOTA Goes Worldwide!

Team MOTA touched back down on California soil after a week in Dallas for Fall Toy Preview. Our diorama was a hit and the MOTA JetJat Nano drone was a hot product at the show. MOTA has grown substantially over the past few months and will continue to do so. Among our latest milestones we are happy to announce a new partnership with D&H Distributing, one of the largest consumer electronics distributors in the nation. Read about them at https://www.mota.com/partners-retailers/ Signing D&H, Tama in Japan and Kondor in the UK and Ireland
  Forget Area 51, JETJAT Nano has taken to the Texas skies! After many late nights perfecting our latest and greatest gadgets and toys, a lucky few of us have decamped to Dallas to show some fun products at the Fall Toy Preview, including the world’s smallest, lightest drone: MOTA JETJAT™ Nano! The show opens today at the Dallas Market Center and runs through Thursday. It’s a who’s who of the toy business. If you’re at the event, stop by our booth #13-3331 and test fly JETJAT Nano for yourself! It
October 2, 2015

MOTA Heads to Japan!

We are thrilled to announce a partnership with Japan’s largest consumer electronics distributor, Tama Electronics, for our wireless Charger for GoPro and other products. Japan is one of the largest consumer electronics markets in the world, and Tama has a long history serving Japan’s many specialist electronics retailers. We look forward to selling our products in Japan, now and for a long time to come! Stay Cool with FanFan Nothing beats the agony of seeing summer come and go so quickly…. Unless you live in warmer regions and wake up sweating
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Summer’s finally in the air! Days are warmer and longer, and many people are lining up to take a break, even briefly, from our busy work lives for some time in the sun. You know what that means! Time to bust out our tech gadgets and take them for a run. Whether it’s a GoPro, a selfie stick or just your smartphone, staying connected and powered up helps make the season more enjoyable. Starting this July 4th holiday weekend, we’re partnering with America’s tech radio show Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline for a
Did you know Father’s Day was invented by a woman? More than 100 years ago Sonora Dodd proposed a day to honor fathers. Her idea spread throughout America but wasn’t recognized nationwide until 1966. Ms. Dodd was partial to roses for Father’s Day. This year Americans want consumer electronics for our dads. We’ll spend about $2 billion on Father’s Day gadgets, more than on sporting goods and home improvement tools combined. And MOTA’s just made it easier for you to get the perfect gift for your dad or anyone in your
If you’re lucky enough to have been at CES Asia in Shanghai this week, you’ve had the opportunity to see the latest, most innovative developments from MOTA firsthand. Over the last two days, our booth has been crowded with thousands of consumer electronics trade attendees from all over the world. 7720
As the adage goes: April showers bring May flowers. But just as not everyone can count on rain, not everyone always wants flowers. With Mother’s Day around the corner, what’s the best gift? According to the National Retail Federation*, the average American family will spend $172.63 on moms this year, up from $162.94 last year. Even in our high-tech age, 80 percent of families will purchase a plain-vanilla, if loving, greeting card. Boring! 7548
We’ve reached a new milestone this spring. After our successful European debut at IFA Berlin last September, we’re thrilled to announce that we’re expanding into the United Kingdom and Ireland! Through a partnership with Kondor, the UK’s leading consumer electronics distributor, our products are available at Kondor’s more than 12,600 online and brick-and-mortar retailers in the UK and Ireland. 7162
Tired of unreliable tracking systems that give you a vague location of your packages? Want absolutely, positively air shipping at a low, low price? MOTA is now combining its Anti-Lost Bluetooth Companion with the original power of flight for product delivery! Introducing a retro way of delivery: Carrier Pigeon Delivery. 6698
Pet peeves. We all  have them.  Whether it’s unnecessarily shortened words (à la prezzo for presentation), replying to all instead of just to the sender, or when someone says “literally” but they really mean “figuratively,” a few things can frustrate us to no end. But what about pet peeves in technology? 6541
We’re excited to announce we’ll be at the inaugural CES Asia in Shanghai from May 25 to May 27! We’ll be joining more than 100 top companies from 12 different countries. The Consumer Electronics Association, the organization behind the tradeshow, is designing CES so that innovative companies from large economies can gain a stronger foothold in the Chinese marketplace, which is on pace to become the largest in the world. 6341
February is here. Last week, the beloved (well, by some) groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. That means six more weeks of winter. Within those six weeks is Valentine’s Day: another reason for cuddling with your significant other before heading out into the cold and damp. Couples will spend more on Valentine’s Day this year than last. According to the National Retail Federation, the average American will spend $142.31 on candy, flowers and apparel , up from $133.91 last year. The group expects total spending to reach $18.9 billion. That’s a
We’re thrilled to announce our MOTA Wireless Charger for GoPro has passed its funding goals on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. It’s our second product to be successfully crowdfunded! The MOTA Wireless Charger for GoPro is the first portable power solution to wirelessly recharge the popular HERO3, HERO3+ and HERO4 camera batteries. GoPro users can keep the camera in its protective housing while recharging, so there’s no need to expose the camera to the elements. The Wireless Charger is designed to not only charge your GoPro but also a spare battery and even
January 23, 2015

New Year, New Office

2014 was filled with many firsts for us here at MOTA. Whether it was introducing a new product category with our SmartRing or shipping the first battery case for iPhone 6 Plus, 2014 was an exciting year. And we started it with our move into a new office! Our decision to relocate was driven by our growth. We had an extremely busy Q4, a very strong 2014 and an exceptional CES – where our SmartRing was highlighted in numerous best of CES features. As we continued to grow our product offerings
Wearable technology can be a touchy topic for some. Every major tech company now has their own versions (albeit highly inadequate versions) of smartwatches that profess to check your email, clean your apartment, and brighten your highlights. But what do smartwatches really have to offer? The smartwatch brands that profess to be able to make dreams come true and keep Courtney Love out of the bar all at the same time (sorry Courtney), are usually very bulky, come in obnoxious colors (or maybe just noxious), and basically look like they were
For many, April Fools’ day can be a day full of surprise attacks, lowered expectations, and bewilderment. Especially for those of us with children who like to participate. But for a lot of tech companies, April Fools’ Day is the one day out the year where we get to show our target audience that we’re not sticks in the mud. 3079
Choosing an electronic device is hard enough, without having to add the extra chore of finding one that matches your style. As we’ve jumped from one technological advancement to the next, a growing trend of having a “stylish” device has developed. Giving those of us who are a little less tech and a little more sass, the dilemma of having to choose between having a capable device vs. having a pretty one. 2962