Intel Realsense module for Typhoon H – Is it worth it?

Intel RealSense obstacle avoidance on the Yuneec H

If you're reading this article, you're probably familiar with the Yuneec Typhoon H and what it has to offer in terms of technology.

If you're looking for a more in depth review, check out my comparison with the Phantom 4 from DJI.

yuneec typhoon h

There are a few good selling points for the drone that make it better than the DJI device:

  • the 360 camera rotation – that can enable you to take shots even in the back of the drone
  • the retractable landing gear – which helps a lot with not getting the legs in a shot
  • high positioned props – again, will not appear in the frame when flying forward at high speeds
  • unified controller – no need for an additional tablet or phone

But the most prominent feature advertised by Yuneec, and the one that people make the most fuss about is the Intel RealSense technology.

In case you haven't yet seen the popular video presentation that shows the drone avoiding falling trees, you have to watch it:

With my limited technical knowledge, I have concluded that the Intel Realsense can be pretty much compared with the Xbox kinect, both in form and function.

No, really, they look much alike.

This is still developing technology, and don't forget that it's not only used for the Yuneec drones, but also for other applications like gaming, Virtual Reality, facial expression tracking and other.

The 3d depth tracking makes for a very useful addition to something like a drone that, you know, constantly flies in 3d space…

Therefore the two technologies should make for an awesome couple indeed.

Here's a very interesting live proof of the 3d obstacle avoidance tech

But, does the Yuneec with Realsense actually avoid obstacles?

While the software for it is still developing, the feature is there and fully working.

The main thing the realsense module does is to detect objects(trees, poles) in real time and make a 3d map of them so they can be safely avoided while continuing the flight.

It can also work like a standard sonar ( which the Typhoon also has one of) and stop when encountering an object.

But this is no fun, and that's pretty much what the Phantom 4 does too, so why pay more money?

It not only avoids objects, it also makes a map of them to better know how to avoid them in the future. So it's pretty much a self-learning machine… prepare for Skynet, people!

Here's a presentation video where you can see a basic use of the technology from Intel:

As you can also see in the presentation video, there are 2 flying modes in which the Realsense module is enabled:

  • Angle Mode – This is the mode where the hexacopter flies a little slower that usually but can stop before hitting an object
  • Smart mode – Enables the actual use of the RealSense technology and can avoid obstacles in real time

A slight disadvantage while flying in these modes is the lower flight speed, necessary for the sensors to properly detect objects and react in time ( about 11 miles an hour).

What is the perfect use for this technology?

In my opinion, the ideal way to use the RealSense is in “follow me” mode.

A nice feature of the drone is that it comes with a compact wand that can function as the following point and that you can easily carry with you.

This will enable you to do your favorite sport and move freely while having the drone follow you.

Using the Intel module in this mode will definitely make sure the drone won't hit anything while also smoothly going around objects.

Is it worth buying? Is the RealSense technology better than P4's?

When comparing the Phantom 4 detection technology with Yuneec's you must also have the price point in sight:


You'll have to pay up to $400 more for a Typhoon that has the Realsense technology compared to one that only has sonar.

Keep in mind that Yuneec will start selling the Intel Module separately soon enough, so you could just buy the basic version for now, and add the module later.

How much does Yuneec Typhoon H and Realsense cost?

It's relatively cheap , considering what you get in the package. The prices always change so I'll ask you to check the link bellow for more accurate information. The best way to buy it would be locally or from Amazon, so you have a reliable return policy and a well delivered product.

How do you make money with your drone, though?

Okay, so you got your new and fancy drone, but how do you stand out from any dad out there who has the same drone and watched some tutorials online?

I did exactly that and barely had any success. 

But now I’m charging 5x as much as before and even have to refuse clients from time to time.

I even bought about 7 online courses… and I didn’t make much progress.

So how did I finally make it to this level?

If you want the short answer, I learned everything from this guy Alex, who’s making $200 per hour with his drone. And he’s even teaching exactly how to do that.

This is pretty much what you need to know:


1. Make sure you have a proper drone.

If you have any of the latest DJI Drones, like the Mavic Air 2, for example, you’re ready to start making money.

No need to overthink this, but if it’s any help, check this comparison of the best camera drones compared in 2020.

types of drones

2.Learn how to create the best content to stand out

You won’t stand out from the next dad who bought a DJI drone for Cristmass in the eyes of your clients if you don’t do this.

It’s WAY more important to know what you’re doing than the gear you have.

You’ll need to learn and master the following:

  • Flying your drone(to stand out from people with basic drone shots)
  • Preparing for the flight and weather in advance
  • Learn the best drone settings (you need a proper setup template)
  • Create the Video Script (it's way easier if you know what to shoot)
  • Have a set of great cinematic shots you know how to do
  • Know how to edit the video so it stands out
  • Learn how to color grade

This is why you HAVE to invest in a proper way to learn things (instead of watching tutorials here and there).

3.Find clients that pay 5x more than regular

But not so fast.

You won’t make a penny if you don’t know how to find your clients.

I have struggled finding clients even when my videos were getting pretty good.

Until I learned a few tricks and how to find and approach them so they won’t be able to say no.

And what’s best, I learned how to get the price I asked for.

How can you do the same?

I have tested quite a few courses online and watched tons of videos on youtube, but frankly, I have learned more from one single course than from everything else… and all that in like a weekend.

Made back the money from this investment in myself in a single week and then much more.


How do I learn all of this? From youtube?

You could simply go online and learn everything in terms of video from youtube, forums, facebook groups etc.

However, let me tell you, it’s the worst way to learn all of this(and the slowest).

You won’t have a Complete Step By step guide on how to do everything.

I found myself frustrated, even after I learned how to do most of the video stuff that I still lacked some knowledge and I didn’t know why my shots weren’t standing out.

I got some general promotion ideas from some articles online, but again… I didn’t have much success and was charging too little for my time.

This is exactly where I learned how to make $200 per hour with my drone (From A to Z)

This course is hold by Alex Harris, who’s an international video creator, director, and drone operator with tons of experience.

And I had a great time stealing his know-how(and greatly profited from it, lol).

I recommend you watch his video presentation bellow and check out the course sales page. It’s quite cheap, considering you’re getting 320+ minutes of everything you need to know, step by step and 80+ minutes on how to actually find the ideal clients for you.

I'm a big drone enthusiast, the owner of and I also make weekly videos on my drone YouTube channel.

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