It’s no secret GoPro is developing a drone called “Karma” for release later this year. But what it looks like, nobody outside of GoPro really knows.
Last month, GoPro posted a teaser video for the animated film The Secret Life of Pets and speculation ran wild that the company may have subtly and intentionally teased its upcoming drone.
Right at the 0:25-second mark, you can see clear GoPro Hero 4 product placement. It’s attached to a dog, which has an unidentifiable quadcopter hovering above it.
Surely, GoPro wouldn’t be foolish enough to spoil its unreleased drone by putting it front and center in a teaser video, would it?
Mashable reached out to GoPro for comment on the images and will update this story if the company provides a response.
Many commenters said it was the 3DR Solo drone, but it’s not. The drone design in the teaser doesn’t resemble the Solo and the camera placement is different. The drone in the video is also more compact.
I chalked the drone up as fictional. I mean, even if it is GoPro product placement, it’s a drone in an animated film.
The image was reportedly posted to Reddit’s GoPro subreddit, but, according to Iturbe, it was quickly removed for some unknown reason — but not before he saved the image.
The two images of the purported drone certainly look similar, with a top-mounted gimbal holding a Hero 4 camera in place, but the arm blades and legs are slightly different.
Iturbe told Mashable the image he posted to Twitter originated from GoPro’s server, according to an exchange he had with the user who first posted it to Reddit.
In direct messages exchanged on Twitter, Iturbe provided several prior instances when unannounced information regarding GoPro software and hardware products were gleaned from digging through code for the company’s website.
The only official spec we know about the Karma drone is that it’ll shoot 4K-resolution footage.
Phone leaker extraordinaire Evan Blass, a.k.a. @evleaks on Twitter, retweeted the image, giving it potential authenticity.
Mashable reached out to Blass and he denied his retweet was confirmation that the purported drone image was legitimate.
At this point, the leaked drone could be real or it could be a complete fake.
The only official spec we know about the Karma drone is that it’ll shoot 4K-resolution video.
Other than that, the speculation is that it’ll be compatible with the Hero 4 Black and the upcoming Hero 5.