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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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Bernard January 9, 2014 at 9:00 am

This thing is an RF controlled toy, any hacker kid with a radio could take over control of this thing, or even snoop on it's signal. You need line of sight satellite coms or go home.


JamcaicanMeAfraid January 9, 2014 at 9:09 am

I don't think they are actually selling it as a military tool. it seems marketed for the hobbyist or for personal use.


Bernard January 9, 2014 at 9:22 am

I know that, I'm responding to defense tech ' comment that Spec Ops could use it. They can't, it's not secure.


JohnB January 9, 2014 at 2:38 pm

No. Smartphone is not easily hackable if at all.


@zelda43 January 12, 2014 at 8:45 am

You actually consider yourself important enough for that to ever by an issue? Do most who would use this device think think that way? You may be overplaying it some.


Bernard January 12, 2014 at 9:04 am

You need to work on your reading skills. If Spec Ops used an RF toy in theater, it would be compromised. This has nothing to do with me, I'm not actively serving anymore.


@zelda43 January 12, 2014 at 7:26 pm

They would not do that. Besides, they have their own. The organized crime copters and drones may be the next wave of violence.


Musson January 9, 2014 at 9:07 am

Just think of what Jim Rockford could have done with one of those!


hibeam January 9, 2014 at 11:21 am

These things could be the anti dote for the knock out game. Don't leave home without one.


Mikey January 9, 2014 at 11:29 am

Follow me and they will be bored to death. Besides I never go anywhere.


david January 9, 2014 at 1:17 pm
Dave January 9, 2014 at 1:30 pm

I could use one to inspect my gutters.


gogoody January 9, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Dave…, this got a big laugh out of me. But, then I am a sucker for simple humor. Thanx.


@zelda43 January 12, 2014 at 8:39 am

It is after all only limited by ones imagination. There are lost of things you could look at without a ladder. So safety is one asset. Looking for a lost pet or child one could get the additional view from above as you looked. What they need is a shield to prevent the blades from doing damage if it goes down.


@zelda43 January 12, 2014 at 8:32 am

Good idea !


Lance January 9, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Last thing we need another spy toy for Obama to use against the people of this nation.
Im With many this is for hobbyist NOT for military use at all.


Jim C January 23, 2014 at 6:07 pm

How many "spy toys" do you think Obama actually developed dumb ass… His spy toys were all developed by Republicans


guest January 9, 2014 at 7:37 pm

throw it with your hand, not drone.


Hunter76 January 9, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Train your own dog.


gogoody January 9, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Don't throw it.., stroke it.


dondop January 10, 2014 at 9:57 am
Dan January 10, 2014 at 12:54 pm

I have built my own quadcopter version of this. Mega Pirate open source software allows the GPS follow feature. Nothing new here. Any hobbyist can build this.


anthony bauwens January 11, 2014 at 10:39 am

How can we stop our houses air space from such things? I mean could have a bad neighbor and wqell be sold>>>


Jimmie January 14, 2014 at 9:40 am

Not able to see the video only see this video is private.


Christopher Alan Edwards January 17, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Agreed, Jimmie. I need to see some actual footage under load (including set-up time), actually doing something useful with no editing out the oopsies, before I even start thinking about shelling out 500 bucks.


Shavonne February 10, 2014 at 11:48 am

There are a few applications that provide you with higher flexibility for your gadget.
This program allows you be in charge of your telephone, your way.
Expensive credit score and debit playing cards, sorry to listen
to about NFC.


Chris February 22, 2014 at 12:03 am

Guys – some of the above comments are really silly! Ya done need "line of sight satellite coms." I have a GoPro camera that is wireless linked to my smart phone using normal wireless encryption. Be nice to see the specs. for the range, price etc of this toy.


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I do the same thing. Altho I haven’t self published yet, I’m wnrkiog on it.After finding out how much work is involved, I don’t review a book unless I’m going to give it 4 or 5 stars.My reviewing criteria is similar to yours.Great piece!louise3anne twitter


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