UK-based company Extreme Fliers has launched an Indiegogo campaign for the third version of its Micro Drone, a compact, relatively affordable and easy-to-use drone that can capture and stream 720p video at 30 frames per second and fly in winds of up to 70km/h.
Extreme Fliers launched its Indigogo campaign on Tuesday with a target of $75,000, two days later at time of writing the campaign has raised almost $200,000 from nearly 1,500 backers.
For $125 (plus $20 for shipping to anywhere in the world), 250 backers will get a drone with the HD camera module and a VR headset. Once all 250 are claimed a single Micro Drone 3.0 will cost $150. There are also various tiers for buying multiple units and delivery is expected to happen in November.
The palm-sized Micro Drone 3.0 has a range of up to 100m, can fly upside down (thanks to reversible propellers), includes a micro gimbal for smooth video footage and, thanks to a magnetic, modular system, can be customised using 3D printed frames. Dragons, wasps, flying spaghetti monsters? It’s all possible.Extreme Fliers has also included support for using the drone with Google’s Cardboard VR headsets that use your smartphone as the display, making Star Wars-style first-person-view races a reality.
The drone is powered by a 450Ah battery that promises around eight minutes of flying time. That’s not much, but the modular design means swapping out the battery is a quick process, and this is a sub-$150 device, after all.
Find out all the details and where to send your money here.