While the drone industry is fast becoming the darling of the venture-capital startup world, another investment genre is fueling a fresh infusion in UAV expansion – crowdfunding.
We have covered crowdfunded drones for over a year now and the rate at which new Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns pop up continues to amaze us. Not all the campaigns are successful, but it is important to track them to see what works and what doesn’t – what features people are eager to fund and what use cases people can’t care less about.
As we have now crossed the halfway mark of 2015 (how is it July already!?) we put together a roundup of drone companies who turned to the masses to get their drones off the ground.
(Click any image to view the drone’s crowd funding page.)
Some quick analysis of which campaigns reached their goals and which did not suggest people are still attracted to drones that are as user friendly as possible and can take simple pictures. Periphery hardware or drones with uses beyond simple photography (i.e. the eBumper, Zyro, and AguaDrone) all fell short of their goals.
Another interesting trend is the fact that every successfully funded project (with the exception of the two mini drones) use smartphone/tablet controls in lieu of, or in addition to, traditional RC controllers.
It appears the public at large is still looking for the easiest way to replace their selfie sticks with a drone. So keep that in mind if you are thinking about developing your own drone.
For more info on how to successfully crowd fund a drone, check out The Dos and Don’ts of Running a Drone Kickstarter.
Finally, let us know in the comments which drone you think has the most potential!
Jason is a longstanding contributor to DroneLife with an avid interest in all things tech. He focuses on anti-drone technologies and the public safety sector; police, fire, and search and rescue.
Beginning his career as a journalist in 1996, Jason has since written and edited thousands of engaging news articles, blog posts, press releases and online content.
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