How many times have you managed to pull off some amazing action stunt, only to have nobody believe you when you try to describe it later? Whether you're trying to perfect a rail ride on your snowboard, or kayak down white water rapids without falling over, wouldn't it be great if we could have a video record of our most awesome achievements? The concept sounds a bit like that April Fool's drone we saw a couple of months back, only this time it's real.
Sure, you could hire a film crew and a helicopter, but unless you're seriously loaded that's going to be out of the question. Hence the AirDog. This tiny quadcopter drone is designed to follow you around, filming everything you do using an attached GoPro camera. A device you wear on your wrist forms the other end of an electronic leash, telling the AirDog where you are at any given moment so it can fly to the correct height and aim its camera at your position. The camera is held in a gimball mount, and can rotate through 360 degrees and tilt to keep its focus on the action. You can also preset the drone's height, distance and whether it flies in front, to the side, or behind you to capture differrent perspectives on your incredible feats of athleticism.
AirDog's propeller arms even fold in for easy transporting. Its weather-resistant body can survive the most extreme outdoor conditions and it has built-in collision detection to remain stabilized no matter the situation.
The AirDog is being launched as a Kickstarter project, and in just one day the project's already approaching its $200,000 funding goal. If you're quick, $1,195 will get you on line for an AirDog when they ship in November, just in time for the skiing and snowboarding season. That's not cheap, but it is a whole lot less than hiring a real helicopter and crew.
Check out the video below to see how the AirDog works, including some example of footage shot from the drone. It all looks very professional.