It’s still unclear whether drones will become the home delivery service of the future or simply another footnote in the legal system, but that hasn’t slowed down the race to create high-performance drones for the average consumer.
The Kickstarter-funded Pocket Drone is a foldable, flying “multicopter” that its creators dubbed “the GoPro of drones.” It’s equipped with an action camera for capturing aerial photos and video and a rechargeable battery allowing for flights of up to 20 minutes. Plus, the device folds up to the size of a small tablet for portability.
“Until now, most people could not participate in this awesome new technology revolution — the cost was too great, the drones too bulky, and the software too difficult to operate,” creators Timothy Reuter, TJ Johnson and Chance Roth wrote on their Kickstarter page.
The creators claim that their drone is designed for easy use: It can be unpacked and launched within 20 seconds, and is controlled by an included remote, a third-party RC controller, or from any Android phone or tablet with a USB port. Additionally, the software is open source, so intrepid developers can add their own features. … (Read more)