Phone Drone from xCraft lets smartphones fly
You’ve heard the expression, “When pigs fly.” Well how about, “When smartphones fly!” xCraft, a company based in Idaho is doing just that. xCraft already has an interesting hybrid drone, the X PlusOne, which is a quadcopter + flying wing. More about this hybrid drone.
The “phone drone” which is appropriately named the PhoneDrone Ethos, is currently expected for deliveries to start in Fall 2016 (Jan 2016 update), and from xCraft’s website the phone drone is priced for pre-order at USD 299 (Jan 2016). The quadcopter drone is being positioned as a more affordable price point … where your smartphone can be used as the onboard camera.
Shark Tank and Kickstarter success
There must be something there because, with the PhoneDrone as part of their pitch they landed a record breaking $1.5million deal on ABC’s hit show the Shark Tank. And according to their Kickstarter page, the Phone Drone Ethos project was successfully funded (Nov 30, 2015) and ended up with $325,952 and 1,256 backers. Check out their Nov 2015 press release.
The PhoneDrone Ethos essentially gives your smartphone wings, allowing you to use your iPhone or Android phone as an autonomous aerial camera that will follow you … and in addition to controlling it with another smartphone you can use the Apple Watch. What xCraft says is that you are getting a powerful, cloud-connected aerial vehicle for a fraction of the cost of a typical drone.
- Easy to use – No drone experience necessary.
- Compatible with all your devices – iOS, Android, and even Apple Watch!
- Control and video streaming -Easily tether to another mobile device for control and video streaming.
- Built in charger – Charge from any USB source – or swap batteries for extended flight times.
- A camera mirror – Shoot straight down, forward, or to the side!
- Protective Universal Mount: Phone cradled in a protective neoprene sheath that provides vibration isolation as well as shock protection.
- Weight: 350g (12.3 oz)
- Dimensions: 267 x 231 x 56 mm (10.5 x 9.1 x 2.2 in)
- Compatibility: iOS, Android, and Apple Watch
- Wireless Pairing: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- Flight Time: 15-20 minutes
- Speed: 0-35 MPH (55 KPH)
- Payload: 200g (7.0 oz)