Omni doesn’t use a fancy magnetic field technology, but instead technologies already commercialized in the growing quad-copter industry. The Mark-1 prototype can only stay in the air for 1-1/2 minutes, which was enough to break the distance record of 275 m (905 ft), but the system will improve alongside battery technology. Omni is focusing on efficiency and flight stabilization technologies to be ready when batteries become powerful enough for a commercial product.
A significant drawback of using quad-copter technology over magnetic fields is the noise. Omni’s system is very loud.
The start-up is not ready to unveil its second generation prototype, but CBC got a sneak peek and reported on a new Mark-1 test flight worth watching.