What are FPV ToothPick and Twig drones?

Introduction

Before pro­ceed­ing to the dis­clo­sure of the ques­tion posed, it would be right to start with back­ground. After all, it is one thing if the read­er is an advanced user and is aware of the cur­rent trends in the unmanned hob­by, and quite anoth­er if he is at the begin­ning of the path and he is cer­tain­ly inter­est­ed in what the com­mu­ni­ty is talk­ing about.

To start with, first per­son flight (FPV flight) is the num­ber one hob­by top­ic these days, and the rea­son for that is FPV drones (or FPV drone/FPV quads/FPV kwads). 2019 has become a sig­nif­i­cant year for the UAV rac­ing niche. There are many dif­fer­ent con­fig­u­ra­tions that give the user more free­dom to oper­ate, and with the advent of the DJI Dig­i­tal FPV sys­tem, first-per­son flight has risen to a whole new lev­el. All this pre­de­ter­mined the emer­gence of such FPV drones as: Tiny Whoop, CineWhoop, Pow­er Whoop, Tooth­Pick and Twig, and appar­ent­ly this is just the begin­ning.

Fly­ing in first per­son mode with an FPV drone is a unique expe­ri­ence that is very dif­fer­ent from pilot­ing a GPS drone (ex: DJI Phantom/Hubsan Zino) whose poten­tial is often elec­tron­i­cal­ly lim­it­ed in favor of a sim­ple com­fort­able oper­a­tion that allows a begin­ner to fly the first time, but a pro­fes­sion­al get more oppor­tu­ni­ties in their field of activ­i­ty.

FPV drones are deprived of all this automa­tion, which, on the one hand, requires the user to be able to pilot in ana­log / acro mode (achieved exclu­sive­ly in the process of prac­tice), on the oth­er hand, pro­vides 100% drone poten­tial and free­dom in con­trol — the free­dom of the bird.

FPV whoop

When some­one in the hob­by refers to Whoop, they are talk­ing about a drone that has each pro­peller spin­ning in a sort of duct. Such chan­nels are a spe­cial type of pro­peller pro­tec­tion (ring type). It pro­vides max­i­mum pro­tec­tion and helps sta­bi­lize the drone, mak­ing it more effi­cient and even qui­eter. Frames with ring pro­tec­tion were most often used on inex­pen­sive toy drones. The first Whoop was imple­ment­ed in 2016 by Jesse Perkins, who decid­ed to equip the Blade Induc­trix with a micro cam­era and the leg­endary CL-0615–14 motors, call­ing such a drone the Tiny Whoop.

What are FPV ToothPick and Twig drones?

The quad quick­ly gained pop­u­lar­i­ty as it was extreme­ly durable and could fly indoors safe­ly. Inter­est in home com­pe­ti­tions of small drones began to show through­out the coun­try. Tiny Whoop soon became a gener­ic term for any small drone. Such pop­u­lar­i­ty allowed Tiny Whoop to devel­op, become big­ger and bet­ter. The rule of thumb is that the Tiny Whoop is a palm-sized drone built on a 65–75mm frame, pow­ered by a 1S bat­tery. Typ­i­cal­ly, the weight of such drones is less than 30 grams with­out a bat­tery. The price of Tiny Whoop is as afford­able as pos­si­ble for every­one and usu­al­ly does not exceed $100 for a well-exe­cut­ed FPV quad (ready-to-fly kits are offered for begin­ners).

Jesse Perkins is the founder of the Tiny Whoop brand, under which Whoop-ready quadrics for FPV flight, as well as the nec­es­sary com­po­nents and acces­sories for them, are mass-pro­duced and sold. In the past, one of the best drone rac­ing pilots in the world.

What are FPV ToothPick and Twig drones?

Power whoop

Over time, the poten­tial of Tiny Whoop col­lec­tors began to be missed by peo­ple. Tiny Whoops are get­ting big­ger and faster. It is from this moment that they orig­i­nate — Pow­er Whoop. The first mass-pro­duced Pow­er Whoop was the Mob­u­la 7 drone, which paved the way for small, light, but at the same time pow­er­ful Whoop, capa­ble of run­ning on 1S or 2S bat­ter­ies. When peo­ple want­ed to fly with more pow­er­ful 2S and 3S bat­ter­ies, the frames of such drones grew from 75–95mm. Essen­tial­ly, the Pow­er Whoop is a pow­er­ful and often larg­er Tiny Whoop.

What are FPV ToothPick and Twig drones?

*Pow­er Whoop Mob­u­la 7.

CineWhoop

Cinewhoop evolved from Pow­er Whoops. This hap­pened with the advent of FPV HD cam­eras. Then peo­ple real­ized that from this small drone you can get impres­sive shots that are not avail­able for full-size copters. Eachine Cinecan was the first 4K ready-to-play ver­sion to gain unprece­dent­ed acclaim in the hob­by since its announce­ment. On board the quadric is the first hybrid FPV cam­era with two lens­es — Cad­dx Tar­si­er. One video mod­ule of which records video in HD or 4K for­mat, and the oth­er trans­mits ana­log FPV broad­cast to your gog­gles / hel­met in real time.

What are FPV ToothPick and Twig drones?

*Cinewhoop Eachine Cinecan.

A lit­tle lat­er, NurkF­PV and Shen­Drones devel­oped a larg­er CineWhoop, the poten­tial of which allowed the GoPro to be used for more pro­fes­sion­al film­ing. And Eric Siegel went fur­ther and devel­oped a unique cin­e­mat­ic Steady­Whoop with a 3‑axis mechan­i­cal gim­bal on board.

fpv toothpick drone

We owe the appear­ance of tooth­pick drones in the FPV hob­by to Bob Roo­gi, aka KabobF­PV a den­tist obsessed with pilot­ing light drones once want­ed some­thing that could work like a full-sized rac­ing drone, but was much small­er and lighter. The first pro­to­types were built on the same com­po­nents that were used on the Tiny Whoop drones, with the excep­tion of the ring pro­tec­tion, which Bob aban­doned. Such small, light­weight drones were much more dynam­ic than the Tiny Whoop. An incred­i­ble pow­er-to-weight ratio has giv­en these small drones explo­sive flight. In the list of pop­u­lar ser­i­al Tooth­pick drones: Tiny­hawk Freestyle and Dia­tone GTB229 (the result of col­lab­o­ra­tion between KabobF­PV and Dia­tone devel­op­ers). These quads usu­al­ly weigh less than 50 grams and can fly on 1S, 2S, 3S, 4S, and even 6S bat­ter­ies. Pric­ing is broad­ly sim­i­lar to Tiny Whoop drones. You can often buy a good Tooth­pick for around $100.

What are FPV ToothPick and Twig drones?

Twig-drone

Twig drone is a redesigned tooth­pick drone. He’s big­ger and faster. It can work with 2S, 3S, 4S and 6S bat­ter­ies. The first Twig drone was the Speed ​​Rac­er Twig from Rac­er X FPV. As a rule, Twig drones weigh between 50 and 80 grams and are equipped with 2–3 inch pro­pellers. Look­ing at this trend, we can expect the next type of drones to appear in the near future — CineTwig.

What are FPV ToothPick and Twig drones?

*Twig Speed ​​Rac­er Twig drone by Rac­er X FPV.

Notes

  • Often pilots refer to their rac­ing quad by pro­peller size. A 5″ drone has a 5″ pro­peller. A 4″ drone has a 4″ pro­peller. A 3″ drone has a 3″ pro­peller and so on. Five inch­es is the “stan­dard” size for an FPV rac­ing drone. These drones are large and very pow­er­ful. They can reach speeds up to 160 kilo­me­ters per hour. Five inch FPV drones are no joke. In addi­tion, large drones come at a high price. These quads will cost the user $150–250 for a good begin­ner mod­el.
  • The new DJI dig­i­tal FPV sys­tem has tru­ly changed the way you fly. The new HD cam­era and FPV chan­nel is just fan­tas­tic, you will get an unfor­get­table expe­ri­ence from such a tan­dem. The only down­side is the price. A drone with such an FPV sys­tem will cost over $1,000. There­fore, if you are look­ing for a good 5‑inch drone, advanced users rec­om­mend look­ing at quads such as the Emax Hawk Pro or Hawk Sport.
  • If you are a begin­ner and just start­ing to get famil­iar with the basics of FPV pilot­ing, it is rec­om­mend­ed to start with 2″ or 3″ drones. A 4‑inch drone is small­er than a 5‑inch, but it can eas­i­ly real­ize the poten­tial of a 5‑inch. There­fore, you need to start with a small­er and lighter drone. Whoop, Tooth­Pick, and Twig are all great quads to start with. If you are new to FPV fly­ing, start small and work your way up as you improve your pilot­ing skills.
  • Since any flight is asso­ci­at­ed with crashes/falls, espe­cial­ly for a begin­ner, it will not be super­flu­ous to start prac­tic­ing fly­ing an FPV drone through a sim­u­la­tor. In prac­tice, it has been proven that this approach sig­nif­i­cant­ly reduces the costs of a novice pilot and helps to quick­ly adapt to pilot­ing in ana­log / acro mode.

Yara

By Yara