Extreme Fliers return this time with a Micro Drone 3.0 quadcopter that is linked with Meerkat. This miniature gadget will not just capture high quality videos, but also live stream it to Meerkat directly. Extreme Fliers, therefore we hear, are up and moving with their crowd funding campaign via Indiegogo to raise $75,000. According to Vernon Kerswell (co-founder of Extreme Fliers), they are the first to link drones with Meerkat,. He also says that he has seen no other drone in the market that integrates with Meerkat.
The reason why they chose Meerkat over Periscope is due to the open API the former possesses, while the latter does not.The Micro Drone 3.0 features an upgraded camera which records at 720p HD quality which makes your social media live transmission even smoother.
The other improved features of the version 3.0 include the navigation, which is made even easier this time. It also includes a dual control system in order to be able to control the gadget from up to a height of 50feet with a smart phone application. It can also go up to a height of upto 300 feet with the help of the main control device. The company is also going to launch an accessory that will help balance the video footages. According to Kerswell it is the smallest gimbal across the globe. It will ensure stable footage, and is priced at $50.
The quadcopter is customizable which will help the gimbal to be easily fitted on the Micro Drone 3.0 via magnets. In order for it to be changed swiftly the battery can also be easily clipped on. The flying time of the teeny gadget is around 480seconds per battery charge. According to Kerswell, the entire framework of the drone is designed by Extreme Fliers, along with the main board. He added saying that they initiated from creating the framework of a customizable drone which could be easily dismantled and assimilated all over again in order to avoid any casualties.
He further stated that the version 3.0 has improved sensors that will enable the drone to fly better with the help of accelerometer, electronic compass and a six-axis gyro. The upgraded sensors help you with the right orientation without having to worry about the correct position of the drone from the front. Kerswell feels that there is still a long way to go for drones to become self-governing, as it still needs a human control to manage the gadget. However, their target is to make drones as automated as possible.
He further added that the Extreme Fliers have a working model of the Micro Drone 3.0 for which they are crowd funding. In the meantime they are all set produce the quadcopters. They started raising money as the crowd funders are quite knowledgeable about the product.
This in turn will help third party facilitators to find interest in developing accessories. He concluded saying that the company has found developers who are willing to build modules like, fish eye lenses, laser pens, and more that can be easily attached to the drone. If this idea clicks with the users, then it will be a gadget based on user feedback. For the early crowd funders the Micro Drone 3.0 is available at a price of just $125.
Source: techcrunch by Natasha Lomas