The Airdog ADII is a lightweight, autonomous 'extreme sports' drone
Helico Aerospace has launched its new Airdog ADII camera drone on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, seeking funds for the sequel to its original Airdog drone launched in 2014. This next-generation Airdog packs both intelligent features and a portable, durable design, the combination of which makes this model suitable for 'extreme sport' activities, according to Helico.
The ADII camera drone sports a built-in 'enhanced' gimbal system that is compatible with the GoPro HERO 5 Black action camera. This gimbal system includes a trio of brushless motors, as well as an adapter that charges the GoPro while it is connected. The drone is equipped with a start/stop recording function, as well, that is triggered upon take-off and landing.
The main selling point of the Airdog ADII is that it offers hands-free operation through a combination of software and hardware that enable automatic follow modes.
The ADII can be set to follow a specific perspective or remaining locked onto that angle, via a mode called 'fixed follow.' The drone also offers an 'adaptive follow' mode, tracking a specific subject as they move. Dynamic shots are also possible thanks to a 'circle' mode, which causes the drone to circle around a specific subject.
Tracking and precision, meanwhile, are made possible via an array of sensors, including: GPS, gyroscope, magnetometer, accelerometer and LiDAR. The drone is suitable for use in wind speeds ranging up to 30 knots, and boasts a top operating speed of 45mph / 72km/h and a maximum operational ceiling of 11,500ft / 3500m above sea level.
The ADII's battery is rechargeable and interchangeable, able to power the drone for between 10 and 20 minutes per charge.
The Airdog Kickstarter campaign is offering interested consumers a single ADII model for pledges of at least $1,200 USD; shipping to these backers is estimated to start in October 2017 and will be limited to 'certain' countries.
Visit the Airdog Kickstarter to find out more.
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