When a new drone from a first time developer is announced, it’s usually accompanied by a demo video that shows off the drone’s capabilities. At least, it should be if the developers want to get any traction, especially on Kickstarter.
But, whether the creators are offering Kickstarter rewards or a special preorder discount, the thing to keep in mind is every shot of the drone in the video is carefully edited in. The UAV on screen is a prototype and, as The Guardian’s Sam Theilman found out, it works like a prototype when shown off in a live demo.
But this video demonstrates the danger behind preordering a drone or contributing to a Kickstarter so early on in development. There is no guarantee the product you eventually get will work as well as it appears to in the announcement video.
It’s the same issue facing people who preorder triple-A video game titles.
Projects like Lily are important when it comes to moving consumer drones forward. It’s just important that we don’t lose sight of realistic expectations.
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