CyPhy Works, a company helmed by iRobot co-founder Helen Greiner, has introduced a camera drone with a few unique features. Called the CyPhy LVL 1, its six-rotor design promotes better stability over common quadcopters. The drone's camera is integrated, as well, allowing videos to be recorded without a gimbal or other components that might creep into footage. The company is seeking funding on Kickstarter.

Unlike the DJI Inspire 1 and similar competing models, CyPhy's LVL 1 features six rotors, rather than four. This makes it possible for the drone to change directions without tilting forward as other drones do. CyPhy calls this feature 'Level-Up technology' and claims that because of the drone's design, no gimbal or other stabilization gear is needed to get level, stable footage from the camera. CyPhy also credits this feature with creating a more intuitive piloting experience for beginner drone pilots.

Operation, meanwhile, is handled through a mobile app rather than a dedicated controller. Geo-fencing allows the operator to set parameters in which the drone will remain using a smartphone, and the drone itself is controlled by swiping the smartphone's display. That latter feature is called 'Swipe-to-Fly', and it includes a remote live view on the phone's display from the drone's camera. This is joined by social features for sharing footage (including in real-time) on Twitter, Facebook, and similar sites.

The LVL 1's camera specs include an 8MP chip capable of 1080p HD video with the ability to tilt 90 degrees, though CyPhy has yet to select final imaging hardware for the drone. The drone's construction is weather and water resistant, and is joined by rapid USB charging, integrated storage, 20 or more minutes of flight time per charge, and a total weight (including battery) of 800 grams (1.75lbs).

CyPhy is offering pre-orders of the drone on Kickstarter, where a pledge of $495 USD is required to get a single LVL 1 drone including the battery, charging cable, and charger. Delivering to backers is estimated to begin in February 2016.