The “Pocket Drone” is a microcopter drone that’s designed to be quick and simple to use, be it for a leisurely fly around your neighbourhood or to take professional grade arial photos with it’s onboard camera mount. Designed by like-minded individuals who came together through the Drone User Group Network, an online community build to aid each other through the development cycle of your own personal drone.
The microcopter is “heavy lift”, able to carry a payload of 1/2 pound, perfect for carrying your GoPro up to the skys to take arial photos. The vehicle itself only weighs 1 pound and comes in a collapsible design which is easily storable in its small case. It’s equipped with a 6-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, barometer (altitude) and GPS. It’s able to utilize Google Maps for waypoints and a “Follow Me” mode (when coupled with a mobile GPS device) to maintain a safe distance.
It’s compatible with PC, Mac, Linux and Android with an iOS port coming soon. It’s also compatible with Mission Planner and QGroundControl. Alongside the wealth of flight data and other metrics it’s a really complete system.
One of the most interesting features is that it’s almost entirely open source, at least on the software side. Giving you full access to the flight controller and to create your own plugins. Perfect for a framework for your next drone project.
The Kickstarter campaign is already successful, at the time of writing it’s hit nearly $270,000 (US) of it’s $35,000 (US) goal and still has 50 days remaining. You can get your hands on one for $445 (US) without a controller or $495 (US) with a six channel radio controller, with the intended ship date of June this year (although, we’re all aware of the delays that usually come with highly successful Kickstarter campaigns).