If five years ago you were on the rural roads of Tuscany and cast your eyes to the sky, you might have seen something startling. Rising from the trees… not a bird, not an airplane, but a personal flying drone. That’s because here, in the scenic Italian countryside, Jetson was striving to change travel as we know it today.
Now Jetson’s mission has become a reality. To record the trials and tribulations of building an innovative aerial vehicle, Jetson teamed up with camera company Insta360, with whom they share a belief in bold ideas.
“Thinking bold is about believing in yourself and accepting risk,” says Jetson Founder and Chairman Peter Ternström of the mantra that guided their groundbreaking project.
Learn more about this amazing project and how Insta360 (opens in a new tab) played a vital role in the process, watch the video below:
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… In 1980s Sweden, young Peter Ternström experienced a defining moment. The release of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi left Ternström captivated by how the Speeders streaked across the skies. Not quite an airplane, not quite a motorcycle, they were unlike anything he had ever seen before, and he was obsessed.
Tomasz Patan knows this feeling well. “When I was a kid, I often looked up at the sky thinking about… how to take off and fly free,” he explains. Regularly skipping classes to build his own helicopters and airplanes, he knew it would be a lifelong passion.
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In 2017, Ternström contacted Patan and invited him to Italy to try to turn his childhood dream into a real flying Speeder. “Life is about making your dreams come true, that’s how you become a full human being,” Ternström says of the decision to start working on the project. Patan was soon in Italy, where the duo began their quest to change the way we travel and make everyone a pilot.
Eventually, the Jetson One was born. Comprised of a race car-inspired aluminum and carbon fiber frame and fitted with eight high-power motors, the One is an impressive feat of engineering. With a pilot sitting between the rotors in a lightweight chassis, it certainly wouldn’t look out of place in the Star Wars galaxy that inspired it.
Capturing such sci-fi innovation required a camera with equally extraordinary capabilities. The pair started using Insta360 ONE X2 to record their building progress and success. Mounted on the back of the Jetson One with the Invisible Selfie Stick, Insta360 ONE X2 took unobstructed third-person shots in epic 5.7K 360.
The Jetson team was able to pick out all the best post-flight angles thanks to 360° cropping, while built-in FlowState stabilization kept videos super smooth. Patan adds: “In creating the Jetson One, I knew it would be something very special and revolutionary. I couldn’t imagine not having the Insta360 ONE X2 to record the flights”.
It just shows that the best 360 cameras (opens in a new tab) can be used to showcase not just the action, but a building process and become an “always watch” solution for filmmakers and documentaries, highlighting important moments throughout a process, and of course always get the right angle that you or the filmmaker desire.