FPV, or First Person View, drone racing has become increasingly popular in recent years. A Go-Pro camera is fixed onto a drone, and while you're controlling it in mid-air you're also looking at the live feed as the drone flies over trees, fields, and roads. FPV enthusiast Matt Randazzo describes it as driving a hummingbird. He says "It's a technologically enabled out of body experience."
Kenneth Loo says when he first did it all he felt was panic, but once he got over the panic it began to feel totally natural. It feels like he's the one in the air, like a bird flying over the earth. Manuel Alegria says whenever he flies his drone he feels completely immersed in the experience. It's actually his favorite way to relax.
There's no money involved in these races but having the bragging rights of coming in first, or sometimes coming in at all, is totally worth it. It's a very competitive sport. These guys spend just as much time designing, building, and fine tuning their drones as someone would spend prepping a NASCAR vehicle for a race. There's now a small community that's begun to form around FPV drone racing, and there are even clubs with names like "Game of Drones" that enthusiasts can join to connect with others who are passionate about the sport.
These enthusiasts consider flying their drones a hobby for now, but they have hopes that the sport will grow into something much bigger. They dream about how great it would be if one day there were professional drone racers that became as well known as NFL quarterbacks.
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