Anura drone folds up to fit in your pocket
Could drone technology become so pervasive that soon you won't be comfortable leaving home without some form of quadcopter in your pocket? San Francisco-based drone company AeriCam is looking to ease the mind of traveling pilots for whom the urge to fly can strike at any time. Anura is a low-cost drone not much larger than an iPhone, with fold-in rotors for better portability.
With the rotors tucked neatly inside its body, the Anura is around the size of a thicker 4.7-inch iPhone 6. Like the blades of a Swiss Army knife, the rotor arms fold outwards to transform the brick-like device into a quadcopter ready for take off.
Anura is piloted by an iOS or Android smartphone over Wi-Fi. It is also equipped with what AeriCam describes only as a micro camera, which streams action directly to your mobile device.
Aericam tells us that range will extend to 80 ft (25 m) with a flight time of around 10 minutes per charge, while top speed is claimed to be 25 mph (40 km/h). There is also some added flight functionality that the team is hoping to incorporate should its funding allow, such as phone tracking, auto takeoff, auto landing and a return home function.
The company will be launching a crowdfunding campaign in mid-October to raise funds for production. It is looking to attract a minimum of 500 backers in order to offer Anura for under US$200.
You can check out the pitch video below.