Micro Drone 3.0, one of the most talked about drones of recent times, has launched to a colossal reception on Indiegogo, raising over $1.5 million. Increased demand and popularity has also resulted in the campaign being extended by another month!
Micro Drone 3.0 is a small, sophisticated personal drone that captures stunning HD video, thanks to the world’s smallest micro gimbal – a tiny robotic arm, which intelligently stabilises the camera in the air. It is the first fully customisable device, combining advanced features with impressive aerial capabilities.
The core technology is based around a central proprietary flight controller that gives it smart orientation and the ability to fly outside in winds of up to 45mph thanks to its on board sensors. The device also offers three expansion packs of varying sizes to build upon the original frame. The team are also building custom designs that allow the use of 3D printing to create new form factors for the Drone along with fun and unique shapes.
The killer feature that sets Micro Drone 3.0 apart from all other drones this size is the Micro Gimbal, which retracts 90 degree for take off and landing. Combining the micro gimbal with a great camera (shooting footage at 720p HD up to 30 frames per second), Micro Drone 3.0 is useful and able to capture impressive panning shots. It also works with Google Cardboard VR, meaning any pilot can turn their smartphone into a head mounted display and fly in first person view, seeing what the Drone is filming in real-time. Footage is streamed via Wi-Fi and tethered directly to your smartphone, as well as being stored on board with a micro SD Card.
Micro Drone 3.0 can be flown with multiple devices, including a smartphone (iOS and Android) and a traditional handset for longer distance. It has some fun features too, with just a flick of the switch or shake of the smartphone, Micro Drone 3.0 can invert 180 degrees, to land uʍop ǝpısdn on the ceiling or ‘stick’ (using reverse thrust) onto a vertical surface for covert operations.
The success and demand of Micro Drone 3.0 meant that all three stretch goals were smashed early into the campaign, meaning that Micro Drone 3.0 was fully unlocked to all backers.
A New Set of Goals
Stretch Goal 1
The world’s smallest Micro Gimbal- Designed for easy take-off and landing, the gimbal snaps onto the drone with magnets incorporated into the modular design. The intelligent sensors allow pilots to maintain steady footage in flying of winds of up to 45mph. This is implemented alongside FPV with DODOcase, thus meaning a fantastic flying experience free of motion blur.
Stretch Goal 2
Social Integration- Allowing the pilot to see exactly what the drone is shooting, the built in Meerkat capability opens up the world of drone flying to those who otherwise wouldn’t have been reached before. By connecting Meerkat and Twitter, the pilot’s followers will be able watch, comment and join other drone users with the community map built into Micro Drone 3.0’s app.
Stretch Goal 3
Editing Suite- After filming, a pilot can find all footage in My Journal. Here, footage is easily available to be edited using a host of tools including crop, trim and colour enhancements. Additional figures include image processing, video stabilization, facial recognition and panoramic photo stitching.
Micro Drone 3.0 have also teamed up with My Mini Factory for an exciting new 3D design competition. Anyone can enter by submitting their design to My Mini Factory and the three winners will be decided by the top three most downloaded designs. The winners will then receive a brand new Micro Drone 3.0 with their winning model.
Vernon Kerswell, founder of Micro Drone said: “The step up in technology and features we have packed into Micro Drone 3.0 offers users a taste of things you would find in a high end device. We want Micro Drone 3.0 to be usable by anyone, whether first timers or an adaptable drone for enthusiasts. We’re truly excited to share these innovations with the Indiegogo community.“
Packing List for Backers
Backers will receive:
- Micro Drone 3.0
- Remote Controller
- 1 x Battery
- USB Charger
- 4 Spare Rotors
- 720p HD Camera Module
- On Board Microphone
Add-ons are also available through the Indiegogo page.