Look — we all agree that micro-drones are cooler than Samuel L. Jackson in a freezer. So what could UK-based Extreme Fliers come up with to make diminutive drones even cooler? How about 3-D customizations? That’s right, the Micro Drone 3.0 (freshly launched today on Indiegogo) is small enough to fit in your palm and works with 3D printed designs so that users can customize the personal drone into a number of shapes – dragons, TIE Fighters, and zeppelins, oh my!
But what may set Micro Drone 3.0 apart from its competitors is not what’s on the outside but under the hood. According to an Extreme Fliers press release, Micro Drone’s secret sauce can be found in a “central proprietary flight controller that gives it smart orientation and the ability to fly outside in winds of up to 45mph thanks to its on board sensors”
The “out-of-the-box” drone can also fly upside down and stick to walls using reverse thrust. The company states that Micro Drone’s retractable micro gimbal is the world’s smallest and that the tiny, robotic arm can easily stabilize the onboard HD camera (720p).
Compatible with iOS and Android devices, the drone also works with Google Cardboard VR, which will allow a pilot to convert their smart device into a HUD display and view the drone’s flight in first person. The Micro Drone 3.0 stores imagery on a micro SD card and streams to a tethered smartphone via Wi-Fi. Live streaming to Periscope and Meerkat is also available.
“The step up in technology and features we have packed into Micro Drone 3.0 offer users a taste of things you would find in a high end device,” said Vernon Kerswell, founder of Micro Drone. “We want Micro Drone 3.0 to be usable by anyone, whether first timers or an adaptable drone for enthusiasts. We’re truly excited to share these innovations with the Indiegogo community.”
Early-bird backers who help Extreme Fliers reach its $75,000 target will receive the Micro Drone 3.0 with camera and FPV headset for $150.
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