This thread is to discuss Indiegogo and Kickstart Projects linked to this post.
After reading the post “Yet Another follow-me copter on Kickstarter” I thought is would be interesting to list the campaigns crowd sourced and get an update of the current status. We have a lot of Kickstarter, Indiegogo and other crowd sourced campaigns disseminate information on DIYD, and it’s a good thing. BUT, I think what would be great to follow up on which delivered and which did not, or quite not yet! and why.The ones I can think of are (no particular order)‘B’ The [R/C] Flying CarPocket DroneFighting Walrus (Radio Hardware)Game of DronesHexEasy DroneR10 QuadrotorIncredible HLQRobot FourbotAshimaCoreMavBoard (delivered thank you)The latest being Airdog and Hexo+ who still need to complete their campaignsHexo+AirdogAlso (randomly)Search and Rescue botI think it would be great to have this discussion as it hard to keep track of all these drones options. And if crowd sourcing is really helping connect customers with products that want and work as expected when the get them.
Good memory! Can you copy your blog post list here, so we can have it as reference for comments?
A few others from my Kickstarter backer list:
So what happened to the Incredible HLQ? That was funded over a year ago.
R10 Quadrotor = Total disaster. They delivered, but it was a terrible, buggy system (not APM-based, which should have set off alarm bells). Worst Kickstarter project I've backed.
The frame is unique solution to the problem. I never seem the frame in the metal ;) to comment. I'm not sure if there is a link to the source code for the project. Though from reading the forum, I would make the opinion that it seems easier to crowd source the money, then it does to crowd source the code. I think it's easy to get something flying. prototyping software is easier, than creating something with reliability and polish.
I would say, congrats to the R10 Team on actually delivering a product. I still think its an interesting exercise to see which projects where funded and delivery did not happen. Or which projects where funded and delivered, but not as expected, or projects that delivered and exceeded expectations.
I've backed 2 projects to date. RFDuino (Kickstarter) and MAVBoard (Indiegogo). Both have delivered, though I'm yet to setup either. The RFDuino is good quality (though they delayed delivery to get it right... 6 months vs 3month promise). MAVBoard came in on time and just requires me to have enough time to put it on my new plane. (It was a simple project)
My R-10 experience was disappointing. They did deliver, but with a troublesome product, then pulled down their web site and faded away. In October 2012, I got a response to my email question about it from a helpful person on this site saying, " I'm afraid I don't know anything about that one. It's not a well-know team, and it's very hard to evaluate technologies until they're in the hands of users. Great claims require great evidence. We'll see if they can actually deliver." I wish I'd paid more attention.
Yes, the Dragonfly! Still waiting for my Omega. Poor fellas, the must have run out of money by now...
Glad to see this post Bill. I discovered the Hexo+ campaign today and was a bit flabbergasted at some of their claims. 300k on their first day, and nothing really stellar about what they are doing. I was a bit disappointed after seeing it, but then I saw Chris's G+ post about the Droid planner Beta release. Excellent timing!!:-)
Another question to ask is who actually makes money on their kickstarter campaign, after fulfilling all rewards, paying for all their advertizing. The prices backers are willing to pay for a "pledge" are no more than what they would pay for a retail product & they have no equity like traditional investors.
It is interesting to compare what makes a successful or even viral kickstarter as compared to a failure or 'just funded' kickstarter.
It seems most of these campaigns are based on the Ardupilot or Pixhawk platforms...
Looking around, there's not a lot of activity. I see that they weren't actually delivering a product, they were just looking for investors to fund their project.