8 August 2017

INTERVIEW: FeiyuTech's Eric Wei

Continuing our quick chats with inventors and creators, we grab five minutes with the master of image stabilisation, Eric Wei from Feiyutech.

Hello, who are you?

Hiya, I’m Eric Wei, the founder of FeiyuTech.

And what do you do?

I used to be an engineer and worked on researching automatic control systems. Then I set up FeiyuTech, which is focused on video stabilisation technology research. At first we produced unmanned aerial vehicle control systems (drones), then turned to action camera stabilisers, smart phone stabilisers, and camera stabilisers.

Tell us how you got started in that.

In the early days, we researched inertial angular measurement technology, and we launched drones and automatic balance control system for model aeroplanes. There is a huge gap in the market for image stabilisation - consumer and professional. So we decided to combine the drone and stabilisation technologies and launch aerial gimbals. Now we a concentrating on that.

What is an average day like for you?

I love to clear my head and exercise in the morning to get ready for the day. I spend at least 1/3 of time in R&D of products, and the rest of my time concentrating on feedback from customers and communicating with them. I love to spend time with my family as they are my motivation.

Where do you see your industry going in the near future, and how might you have to adapt?

We know that the need of video stabilisation is very apparent, but the functions of gimbals will change rapidly. They need to be easier to use and lighter in weight and easier to carry. We keep a close eye on what our customers think of the products so that we can adapt our strategies to their needs and act quickly upon changing temperatures in the market. But our key goal is to innovate: we are consistently looking out for new trends and making them happen before others.

What advice would you offer to someone keen to follow in your footsteps?

We have to be pragmatic. Love your dream and don’t be afraid of failure. Maintain progress by learning from your mistakes.

Apart from your own products, what kind of gadget would you like to see being interviewed on The Test Pit?

I would like to see more robotics and next generation technology that solves everyday issues that consumers face.

We'll certainly try. Thanks Eric!

Find out more at www.feiyu-tech.com

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