- $450 tricopter will fold up to become handbag sized
- Has a high definition camera that can send back live pictures
- Controlled via a phone or tablet app – and can even be programmed to follow someone
By Mark Prigg
UPDATED: 15:32 EST, 16 January 2014
It is small enough to fit into a handbag, yet can give anyone the ability to spy from the air.
The Pocket Drone this week smashed its funding target on Kickstarter.
It can be controlled from a mobile phone, and beam back live pictures to the mobile phone it’s being flown from.
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The tiny drone unfolded and ready for flight. It is controlled via a smartphone app, and can even be set to follow someone
HOW TO FLY IT
The Pocket Drone is piloted with a standard radio control unit, on a tablet with virtual sticks or by pre-defined GPS waypoints.
Owners can simply drag a route for it in Google Maps, and the drone will automatically follow it.
You can also record, save and share, or download flight plans.
It even has a ‘Follow Me’ mode that enables the drone to follow the tablet or phone wherever it goes.
‘Imagine capturing your bicycling, skiing, running or any other outdoor adventures hands free,’ the firm behind it says.
‘The Pocket Drone is the personal flying robot that enables anyone to capture amazing video and photos from the sky,’ the firm behind the project claims.
It says 2014 is set to be the ‘Year of the Drone.’
‘Personal and professional photography is literally beginning to take off.
‘Everybody can already take great looking photos and videos with their camera phones and share them online, but they have been limited to what could seen from the ground.’
The tiny drone has three rotor blades, and a mount for a HD camera.
It is controlled through a special smartphone app, where the flight path can be easily altered.
When folded up for portability it has a smaller footprint than a 7″ tablet and is less than 3″ tall.’
A HD camera can be mounted onboard to send back live video
‘The tricopter design means it’s quieter, more precise and agile than any vehicle with more motors and props,’ it is claimed.
‘The tricopter also has stronger yaw control to help maintain the camera where you want it while flying, so you capture what you want to see. It’s far stronger than the quad, hex, or octo based designs.’
Made from carbon fibre, it is also able to fold.
‘When folded up for portability it has a smaller footprint than a 7″ tablet and is less than 3″ tall.’
‘That means that you can carry it in a backpack, purse, or luggage with room to spare.’
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