Extreme Flier’s Micro Drone 3.0 Secures Nearly $280,000 in Four Days on Indiegogo

UK-technology company Extreme Fliers recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise $75,000 for its new product, the Micro Drone 3.0.

Extreme Fliers built the Micro Drone 3.0 to be nothing like any other drone. It combines expandable modular technology, sensor-assisted flying and a micro-gimbal for live streaming video. It is considered the first fully customizable personal drone.

Vernon Kerswell, founder of Extreme Fliers and maker of the Micro Drone recently stated:

Micro Drone 3.0 1“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.”

Sharing details about the production of the 3.0 drone, Kerswell told TechCrunch:

Micro Drone 3.0 2“We build the main board as well as the structure of the drone. We started off with the structure by making it a modular drone which is really easy to pull apart and put back together again so that overcomes all the issues of breakages – you can just swap parts in and out. For the main board, because we’ve been making this since 2011, we’ve been able to iterate pretty rapidly on the actual control board and the system for flying it.

 

“For 2.0 we had a six axis gyro, which made it fly stable and be able to throw it in the air. With 3.0 we’ve upgraded the sensors so now you can, using the accelerometer, a six-axis gyro and an electronic compass you can fly much more stable. It takes away a lot of the hands on difficulties of piloting it and gives it a thing called ‘smart orientation,’ so you don’t have to know what the front of the drone is. No matter if you go forward or backwards, the drone always goes in that direction.”

In regards to company’s motivation to get the product to consumers, Kerswell added that the drone will hopefully be shipped to backers as early as November of this year:

Micro Drone 3.0 4“We’re ready to go into production with the 3.0. We’ve got a working prototype… We wanted to do crowdfunding because the drone is modular so the crowdfunding communtiies are pretty hands on with the development – and that’ll open up opportunities for third party developers to get involved with development, like modules.

 

“Already, at some of the events we’ve been to, we’ve found developers who want to make things like laser pens, Gatling guns, first eye lenses, really sophisticated modules that jus snap onto the drone. Also building a community that helps make an ecosystem – I think that’s one of the fastest ways to get this into the hands of people. And it kind of validates it. If people like this then it’s a product which has been developed by people based on feedback.”

Since its launch, the project has raised nearly $280,000. It is set to close in mid-July.

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