Back in 2012, I backed the Robot Dragonfly on Indiegogo. They've had trouble getting it out the door, because it's incredibly complex, but the silver lining is that they've been great about providing regular updates and insights in the project's development. Today's is particularly interesting, on how they test the feedback system. The video above tells the whole story.

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Comment by John Githens on September 6, 2014 at 7:09am

That is great video. Maybe someone will design a portable, lightweight tool like theirs for drone calibration in the field. (Maybe someone has already.)


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Comment by Bill Bonney on September 6, 2014 at 9:03am
From a crowdsourcing venture, it's another case for potential fraud proceedings. $1.1Million Over selling the product on kickstarter/indiegogo. No delivery. Come on, 2 yrs, it should have been advertised as collecting a research budget. And the video only shows a research project flying, suspended in frame. That's not flying!

I think crowd sourcing campaigns need to dial back the "what we have", to "what we need". Its really about raising funds to create a potential product. Not that "we have a product and you will receive". The risks are far higher than are stated normally in the campaign. And Kickstarter and Indiegogo are complicit in allowing this. 9% cut is what they get from campaigns in their business model.
Its going to be interesting to see how "crowdfunding" performs in the next year or so, especially as the number of project that fail to deliver increase.
And also there is the flip side in crowdfunding where a contributor (risk taking crowd sourcer) gets a product, but founders get bazillions (e.g. occulus rift).
(Is dragonFly project 2yrs from reality? and if so, how then will it fund the manufacture as the money will surely be run out, or so low by then to be meaningless? Are investors at that point are going to give away 3200 products essentially for free? Is the market that big?)

From a tech perspective, its awesome to make a robot dragonfly. From a business perspective its not adding up. IMHO.

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Comment by RC Tech.se on September 6, 2014 at 9:48am

I think they must be running on VC or some other source of additional funding by now.

Someone should go there and interview the guys.

Im still waiting for my Omega pack....maybe next christmas :-)

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