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Jun. 26, 2017 8:36 am

Drone startup offers 360° photo tour of Philly’s tallest building

Float above the Comcast Technology Center in this new interactive. And while you're at it, meet Philly By Drone.

Don't look down.

(Photo courtesy of Philly By Drone)

Penn student Christopher Kao, a 21-year-old summer intern at Curalate, was looking for a way to fund his drone piloting hobby. So he built a company around it.

Philly By Drone, a five-person startup born two months ago, is taking to the skies to drum up clients for its aerial photography and video offering. But there’s more to the business pitch than crisp hover shots and skyline porn.

“A lot of [real estate] developers are interested in knowing what the view is going to be from a building before it’s even constructed,” Kao told Technical.ly of the need his company is trying to meet.

For example, over the weekend, Kao took a close look at the upcoming Comcast Technology Center, to be completed in 2018. Using a DJI Inspire 1 Pro, the entrepreneur and licensed drone pilot captured what the views will look like from the massive tower, slated to become the tallest in Philly upon completion.

See the view

Penn has been shaping up to be a hub of drone activity of late, particularly at its Grays Ferry tech campus, the Pennovation Center. Here’s a list of companies that have a presence there, including the world’s foremost drone maker, China’s DJI.

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Roberto Torres

Roberto Torres became Technical.ly Lead Philly Reporter in May 2016. Prior, he was a freelance contributor to Technical.ly and Al Dia News. The native Venezuelan moved to Philadelphia in 2015 after reporting on research at his alma mater, the University of Zulia. Whenever he's not fencing deadlines, he can be found standing in line at Overbrook Pizza in West Philly, running Netflix/Hulu marathons with his wife or reading news from Venezuela.

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