CyPhy Works Inc. has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund its first consumer offering, the CyPhy LVL 1 drone.
CyPhy Works has previously been focused on tethered drones for industrial applications. CEO Helen Greiner and her team were inspired to make their foray into the consumer landscape by making a flying robot for everyday – and everyone's – use.
Priorities for this new drone, the company says, included easy and intuitive flight, stability, ultra high-quality video with the ability to share footage in real time, no landing gear so that the drone fits in a backpack, and a built-in protected camera.
Additionally, the aircraft can fly for at least 20 minutes on a full charge and weighs under two pounds.
Available now on Kickstarter, the LVL 1's features include the following:
- Innovative level-up technology: By re-inventing multi-rotor flight, the drone flies completely horizontally and makes piloting simpler, images more stable, and flying intuitive.
- Geo-fencing for safe training: Users will be able to pace off the area where they want the drone to stay. Set a maximum and minimum height, and the drone will stay within the box.
- Swipe-to-fly with Android or iOS mobile: With the swipe of a finger, the drone flies, phones stay squarely in hands and the screen stays visible.
- Instant social media sharing: Through the smartphone app, users can post photos and video footage to social media immediately while the drone is still in flight.
‘Our drone protects its camera, flies simply, shares intuitively, and captures high-quality footage effortlessly,’ says Greiner. ‘Backers will be filming their child's soccer game, shooting stunning vistas and performing home inspections from day one – we are bringing technology to people where they are in their everyday lives. This product will capture great footage, and we hope it also captures people's imagination.’
CyPhy Works is aiming to raise $250,000 by June 17, and backers can expect the first drones to ship in February 2016.