The Pocket Drone on Kickstarter

February 10th, 2014 Jump to Comment Section 8
The Pocket Drone on Kickstarter

We saw many aerial video devices (or drones) released last year, and we’re sure to see many more this year. Here’s a Kickstarter which is quite interesting, solving the compact issues many drone-copters carry due to their spanning propeller arms. The Pocket Drone is a compact foldable multicopter, capable of carrying the weight of small action cameras such as the GoPro 3+.

It clearly has some interest, as within a few days of release it’s absolutely smashed their goal of $35,000 (the campaign is currently sitting at a little under $575,000!).

pocket drone 1

The Pocket Drone folds into an impressively small carry case; looks like an over-sized wash bag. It has a payload of half a pound, for reference that’s roughly twice the weight of a GoPro 3+ with its case, so you have a little bit of headroom for accessories.

A $495 pledge will get you a ready to fly Pocket Drone package (International buyers slightly more). Pocket Drone claims the longest possible flight time for any device under $500 at 20 minutes.

pocket drone 2

Flight controller is programmable and easy to modify with open source tools, its android app compliant with iOS compatibility just around the corner.

Here are some specifications:

  • Folding propellers
  • Built-in landing gear
  • Built-in camera mount
  • Pilot from our included controller or bring your own DSM compatible radio controller
  • Control from any Android tablet or phone with a USB port
  • Weighs in at around 1 pound
  • Capable of carrying up to 1/2 pound payload
  • Deploys in less than 20 seconds
  • Quick recharge system
  • State of the art flight controls, algorithms and connectivity
  • APM compatible flight controller 6-axis accelerometers, 3 axis gyroscopes, barometric sensor (altitude)
  • Integrated onboard autopilot Flight planning with Google Maps
  • Fly by GPS waypoints
  • “Follow Me” mode (requires mobile device with GPS)
  • Altitude Hold
  • Return to home (RTH)
  • Headfree mode (orientation independent flying)
  • Load/Save and repeat/replay flight missions
  • Real-time flight data
  • Artificial Horizon
  • Altitude Heading indicator
  • GPS signal strength
  • PC, Mac and Linux compatible
  • Mission Planner or QGroundControl Compatible

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