Sure, a potato salad has generated $30,000 in pledges on Kickstarter. But drones have landed on Kickstarter too, and many have been quite successful. Here are 4 drones that exist because of Kickstarter:
The Pocket Drone: this multicopter is powerful enough to carry a GoPro and folds up smaller than a 7 -inch tablet. The 1-pound drone works out of the box and offers 20 minutes of flight-time. This drone looks like an awesome tool to fit inside a purse or backpack to have for on the fly aerial photography. According to its website, the drone will ship late summer 2014. If you missed your chance to pledge in the Kickstarter, the drone now sells online for $549 + shipping.
Number of Backers: 1,946
Amount pledged: $929,212
AirDog: this small, foldable quadcopter holds a GoPro and markets itself as “the world’s first auto-follow drone for GoPro camera” — sort of like a dog. There’s also an AirLeash, a small waterproof computerized tracker that sends signals to the AirDog, indicating exact movement trajectory. An alarm on the AirLeash indicates low battery and the drone automatically lands and takes-off.
The pictures on the drone show slightly different colors…I’m hoping this means an interchangeable body and arms…rainbow drones, anyone?
Number of Backers: 771
Amount pledged: $704,310
Game of Drones: this Kickstarter is for the world’s toughest airframe, claiming to be a nearly indestructible airframe. Someone find me a dronie who hasn’t crashed their drone. Bueller? Bueller? Okay, yes, so this drone looks like it will be incredibly useful, as we’ve all probably spent money on new propellers at the very least. Not to mention this is definitely the cutest drone I’ve seen. That pink one? That post-paintball colored drone? I love it!
Number of Backers: 283
Amount pledged: $51,143