New autonomous drone AirDog will become your action sports cameraman

By Rich Edmonds on 16 Jun 2014 04:31 am
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Cameras such as GoPro are awesome companions to take with you while out and about, but what if you could have the camera automatically tracking you from a distance, recording movements from afar? That's where AirDog comes in, a new Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign that will fund a new drone product which specializes in autonomous aerial recording.

Said cameras are generally attached to clothing or accessories to provide POV angles, but recording from above will also include some of the immediate landscape, as well as providing a better angle for viewers who watch the recording to see the action. All this without requiring a second soul to hold a camera or deploy an expensive rig to capture those moments. Anyone can attach a camera to a drone, but AirDog takes everything to a new level with automation.

From taking off and landing to following the action, the device connects to a wrist-strapped controller, the AirLeash, which AirDog will follow. Stabilization technology is also implemented to ensure a stable recording environment. On paper, AirDrop sounds like an ideal solution for athletes and enthusiasts who require something mobile, yet functional that was previously only available to professionals and those with inflated budgets.

But all this technology doesn't come for free. The Kickstarter page has a $995 backing package for those who wish to receive one of the first AirDogs produced. Retail pricing will be around the $1500 mark for the drone weighing in at 3.9 pounds. Sporting Bluetooth and a top speed of up to 40mph, owners will be able to have the companion drone up in the air for 10-15 minutes, depending on flight speed, temperature, altitude and other factors.

A new smartphone app will also be available for different activity settings to be configured, including BMX, snowboarding, surfing, and more. Check out the Kickstarter page for more details. Would a drone such as this interest you? Let us know in the comments.

via: Engadget

3 comments

Zombienoms

My issue would be is it able to avoid obstacles, or would it fly into a wall or tree or whatever while recording you were doing what ever.

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False_Aesop

I like Obstacle Course Racing, and the story caught my interest... But a grand is too rich for my blood. At least for something like this.

Awesome concept though. Maybe in five years it'll exist in a functional and low cost form that would be worth picking up.

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swagbot_ads

Such a drone interests me, but the price doesn't

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