If you have not yet heard of the AirDog, then you should watch the video below first and then read this so it does not spoil the fun. This might be the first quadcopter that actually deserves to be called a drone because it actually operates somewhat autonomously. You wear or carry a simple remote on your wrist (that they say will be much smaller when it ships) and then the quadcopter keeps the camera pointed at you while you do whatever cool stuff you want to film. They say it flies between 10 and 20 minutes depending on the wind and how fast you need it to go. The range of the hand held remote is 300 meters and you can easily add a fully functional remote control if you want to fly it manually. Oh yea, one other awesome feature - it allows you to use your waterproof GoPro housing to keep that protected! That would help minimize the cost of water based crashes! My only real question is what happens when you are out over water and the copter starts losing juice? Does it return to where you took off? I have tons of questions about how this works and I am considering buying one because it is such a neat concept. You cancheck out their KickStarter here to get one, they are about $1200.
This is from their kickstarter page:
It will land at the end of your track, or return to the takeoff spot when the battery begins to run low. An alarm on the AirLeash tells you when AirDog’s battery is too low to continue.
I am really curious to see if this might be an easier way to film big, fast moving surf at Jaws. Are any of you planning on getting one of these? I have not decided yet. It sure seems cool!