A Kickstarter campaign from CyPhy Works for a 'reinvented' LVL 1 drone has already raised more than $150,000 towards its $250,000 goal
On the campaign page, CyPhy Works claims that its new ‘level up technology, which allows the drone to fly with just four motors, will completely eliminate mid-flight tilting and allow the drone to capture stable video and sharper images.
However, if you’re the sort who likes their drones to perform mid-air acrobatics, this functionality can be disabled for free flying.
The drone will be equipped with an 8-million-pixel camera and able to shoot 1080p HD video.
Its ‘Swipe-toFly’ functionality allows it to be controlled with swiping gestures on the screen of a smartphone.
There’s also the new ‘geo-fence’ technology, which allows users to specify a area in which the drone will stay, with a minimum and maximum height. This should minimise the chances of the drone become lost or irretrievable.
Mid-flight real-time sharing to social media is also possible, and the drone carries a maximum flight time of 20 minutes. It will weigh a total of 800g, including its rechargeable Li-ion battery.
Backers who want to get their hands on a CyPhy LVL 1 Drone will have to pledge at least $395, the minimum reward tier for receiving one. This package also includes a charging cable and battery.
The highest package on offer runs to $4,500, which will get backers ten of the LVL1 drones.
CyPhy Works was originally founded by Helen Greiner, a co-founder of the company iRobot, which was responsible for the popular Roomba series of autonomous vacuum cleaners.
The campaign is running for another 44 days.