Congrats to AirDroids, who's PocketDrone Kickstarter campaign raised nearly $1 million. Delighted to see another APM platform company hit it big! From TechCrunch:
The AirDroids Pocket Drone is a soaring success. Keep reading for more bad puns.
The Hardware Battlefield contestant’s Kickstarter campaign just ended with the company raking in over 2,000 preorders for the Pocket Drone. The campaign ended with $929,212 in pledges, becoming the most popular drone project on Kickstarter.
Timothy Reuter, president and co-founder of AirDroids, tells me the company is thrilled by the results.
“Hitting close to a million dollars and becoming the most popular drone project in the history of Kickstarter validates our idea that there is huge demand for convenient and accessible consumer drone products,” Reuter said. “In the same way that point of view videography, with tools like a GoPro, has transformed the way we tell stories, we think the widespread ability to capture aerial imagery will empower people to understand their world in new ways. We are looking forward to a future where everyone will be able to have their own personal flying robot.”
The Pocket Drone will ship to Kickstarter backers this summer. Starting in April the drone and accessories will also be available for pre-ordering on AirDroids.com. The company is also in talks with well-known retailers, and Reuter tells me the company plans on having the Pocket Drone on shelves this fall.
The company is seeking venture capital to grow out its team, develop a line of Pocket Drone accessories, and continue to innovate.
The guys behind the pocket drone impressed the judges at TechCrunch’s inaugural Hardware Battlefield held at CES 2014 where they demonstrated the device for the first time. As the name suggests, the Pocket Drone is a pocketable drone that folds up for easy storage and transportation. While it won’t fit in the pocket of your jeans, it’s certainly compact enough to easily stuff in a small bag.
Expect big things from AirDroids. As the success of its first product shows, this is a company that knows it’s high-flying market.