Hexo+ makes it to $1 million on Kickstarter

Congrats to the Hexo+ team, which is the first of the Kickstarter Follow-me projects (all based on Pixhawk/PX4) to make it to $1 million!

Airdog is not far behind, at nearly $600,000.

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Comment by Mike T on July 2, 2014 at 4:33pm

wow, 1 mil, that is eye opening. does the "camera tracking" work via mav link?

Comment by Jack Crossfire on July 2, 2014 at 5:12pm

How much did they pay for marketing?

Comment by Ian Lyons on July 2, 2014 at 10:37pm

Let's ignore the massively false (and dangerous) expectations set by the marketing video for a sec - this project has definitively shown there's a market for this type of thing. I wonder how readily these people will accept the rather more limited state of autonomous follow-me technology?

Comment by foxkid on July 3, 2014 at 12:06am

Camera Tracking ?  Google project Tango & Ara is the future. 

:P


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Comment by Gary Mortimer on July 3, 2014 at 12:58am

+1 foxkid this sort of method will be utterly out of date within 5 years.

Comment by Bogdan Ryabyshchuk on July 3, 2014 at 12:58am

From the project page: 

Obstacle Avoidance: Right, we know that everybody wants it and that there are solutions out there, but trust us this is no piece of cake. We've had it on the horizon for a while and the one thing we can tell you with certainty is that it will not happen before the actual HEXO+ launch.

The expectations that they are creating with their promo video are very dangerous. Follow me technology without collision avoidance is very dangerous in any area with other people, people other than you, around. What happens when your HEXO+ smacks into an innocent bystander at 70KPH as you are speeding by on you motorcycle or what ever. I see lawsuits in someones future.

Follow me is grate tech, don't get me wrong, but you can't sell it the way they are doing it. People on this site may realize that that promo video is BS, but people who buy HEXO+ based on that video may not understand that you can't set your drone to follow you down a busy street and then take off running full speed.

Comment by Bogdan Ryabyshchuk on July 3, 2014 at 1:03am

This is what they need:

http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2012/autonomous-robotic-plane-flies-indoo...

Real object avoidance system.

Comment by F McC on July 3, 2014 at 1:10am

Does anyone know (or could make a guess) at how the communication is achieved between the iOS app and the HEXO+? Would it be bluetooth?

Comment by Saurabh Ladha on July 3, 2014 at 1:51am

Today they announced that they're using a separate transreceiver operating at 433 MHz or 900 MHz to communicate between the phone and the UAV.


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Comment by RC Tech.se on July 3, 2014 at 4:23am

Still wondering if they plan to land it on the Go Pro or the legs was too unsexy to make it to the video

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