Two Silicon Valley start-ups are hoping to change the way sports enthusiasts capture their best moments on camera.
The Hexo+ and the Airdog drones autonomously follow the user from the skies, tracking their position from either a smartphone (Hexo+) or a wrist-worn device (Airdog). Each has a camera-equipped stabilising rig, can fly for about 10-15 minutes on a single battery and can travel up to speeds of around 40mph.
Both drones have smashed their investment targets in a matter of days on the crowdfunding website, Kickstarter.
But how safe are drones which have little or no user-intervention?
The BBC’s North America tech correspondent Richard Taylor took the Airdog for a whirl – and met its Latvian founder and chief executive Edgars Rozentals.
Alan is serial entrepreneur, active angel investor, and a drone enthusiast. He co-founded DRONELIFE.com to address the emerging commercial market for drones and drone technology. Prior to DRONELIFE.com, Alan co-founded Where.com, ThinkingScreen Media, and Nurse.com. Recently, Alan has co-founded Crowditz.com, a leader in Equity Crowdfunding Data, Analytics, and Insights. Alan can be reached at alan(at)dronelife.com