A Latvian firm behind a handsfree excessive sports drone is hoping to compete with the DJI’s of the world with a brand new Kickstarter marketing campaign that guarantees to comply with quick-shifting athletes in excessive winds and in moist circumstances.
Helico Aerospace Industries, the corporate behind the AirDog that raised greater than $1.three million on Kickstarter in 2015, is trying to increase funds to develop the AirDog 2. Up to now it has acquired $107,309 of a $250,000 objective with 24 days to go.
Identical to the primary-era drone, AirDog 2 might be managed by an invisible leash that electronically attaches the drone to a wearable — making it simpler for motion sports athletes, akin to kiteboarders, snowboarders and mountain bikers, to make use of in contrast with the hand-held joystick of drones similar to DJI’s Phantom.
New options, resembling a 3-axis gimbal and the power to remotely begin and cease recording, are additionally being floated as justification for a more moderen model.
Nevertheless, the second-era drone isn’t quicker and its vary is shorter. It will possibly journey as much as 45 miles per hour, the identical because the earlier model, and report 10-20 minutes of flight time relying on the velocity, identical to the unique AirDog. Its leash vary of 500 ft is half that of the AirDog 1.
Regardless of its fallbacks, the drone nonetheless appears to be forward of the curve when it comes to the vary of capabilities it presents with the handsfree performance. Others, corresponding to DJI’s palm-sized $499 Spark mini-drone, aren’t as sturdy and speedy and wouldn’t work as properly for motion sports.
Suitable with a GoPro, AirDog 2 guarantees to be waterproof and immune to excessive winds as much as 30 knots. It may be set to both mechanically comply with the wearable consumer, or comply with a pre-programmed flight path.
It’s additionally about the identical worth as the unique AirDog or cheaper should you preorder. The AirDog 2 is predicted to retail for $1,500 when it hits the market later this yr, although Kickstarter backers can get it for $995. The unique AirDog value $1,495 and was out there for preorder at $1,295.