DreamQii, a robotics company based at the Digital Media Zone at Ryerson University in Toronto, is officially launching its PlexiDrone unmanned aerial system (UAS).
Coming to the market in the spring, the small UAS is operated by a smartphone or tablet and allows aerial photographers to use simplified multi-vantage-point swarm filming, GPS follow-me technology and advanced obstacle avoidance.
DreamQii says it quadrupled its initial crowdfunding goal on IndiGogo and raised over $450,000 in one month, and combined sales through crowdfunding and retail agreements exceed $1 million.
The device is the first of its kind to be designed and manufactured in Canada, according to the company. The PlexiDrone snaps together in under a minute and requires no tools for set-up, DreamQii says, while the retractable landing gear provides a 360-degree unobstructed field of view.
The UAS is also what the company calls a social robot, offering customizable voice prompts designed to engage, inform and entertain the user. Instead of watching for status indicators such as blinking or color-coded LEDs, PlexiDrone talks to the user.