Want a drone for less than $150? Meet the Micro Drone 3.0


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.3D-Dragon-micro-droneExtreme 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.


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