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Video Copter Drone Built to Follow You

by Mike Hoffman on January 9, 2014

AirDroidThe engineers at AirDroid have developed a miniature helicopter drone that can carry a GoPro camera and follow you through the air simply by tracking the smartphone in your pocket.

Called the Pocket Drone, it was built to offer aerial video and photography to hobbyists and action sports adventurers, but it’s not hard to see the possible benefits this technology could provide to special operations teams or intelligence collection missions.

AirDroid has only built a prototype as the company itself looks to get off the ground with a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the company.

The Pocket Drone comes ready to fly right out of the box and deploys in less than 20 seconds. It weighs only 1 pound and is easy to carry with three folding propellers.

The drone features a camera mount and built-in landing gear. The tri-copter design also allows for extended flights with flight times as long as 20 minutes.

What sets this copter drone apart is its “follow me” mode, which allows a skier or mountain biker to go down a trail and have the drone follow him while collecting video. All you need is a smartphone in your pocket.

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