After receiving much attention over the past few days, the aforementioned Eye3 Drone project on Kickstarter has been officially pulled on account of photoshop shenanigans and overall shadiness.

From IEEE Automation Blog:

"At first glance, the eye3 drone seemed like an incredible deal. For US $2500, you could get yourself a beefy hexacopter capable of lifting over 6.8 kilograms (15 pounds) with an included autopilot that would take all of the hassle and stress out of flying the UAV...

People on the Internet, being people on the Internet, did some digging and found out several things. First, the pictures of the kit on Kickstarter are just pictures of this kit (from with the attribution photoshopped out. Also, the founders of eye3 allegedly owe a bunch of people money (or a product) on another project."

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Comment by Ellison Chan on January 31, 2012 at 7:02pm

Lucky they caught it or else it would have been a real black eye for DiyDrones, and the hobby in general.

Comment by Lebdog on January 31, 2012 at 7:19pm

Great diligence!  What a community!

Comment by Martin Szymanski on January 31, 2012 at 7:22pm

Apple pie in the sky hopes. :-)

Comment by Sgt Ric on January 31, 2012 at 7:34pm
Yes they were promising the APM2 in the package, but DIYDrones had nothing to do with the project!
How would that prove to be a blackeye for DIYDrones?
Comment by Ellison Chan on January 31, 2012 at 7:42pm

They had the Mission Planner screen shots and images of APM2 on the project page.  Those who didn't know better, would definitely make a connection between DiYDrones, and their project, and when things went south, where do you think they would come to complain first?

Comment by Cliff-E on January 31, 2012 at 9:40pm

About time. Many on rcgroups were discussing the backstory on them--pros and cons considering the [strong] opinions on some when it comes to APM1/2.

Hopefully this blows over quickly, a lot of my management was keeping an eye that project since it "showcased" APM2.

Though h/w capable, 15pounds reliably is a huge push. The studios have tried >12lbs with normal copters and it became too risky.

Comment by Paul Mather on February 1, 2012 at 9:58am

I'm not sure how this was identified as a hoax. They didn't have a single photo of their that sure is fishy...But it's a $700 kit shown from cnchelicopter plus a battery for $999. The $1499 adds an APM2 (cost of $200). So clearly, it is cheaper to buy the parts on your own....but how is this considered a scam? The value they're adding is buying the components and sending it to you as a package.

Comment by John Johnson on February 1, 2012 at 10:11am

I think the scam lies in the message that operating this hexa would be easy for even a novice and that using 6 motors somehow induced redundancy for safety's sake when the fact is that when a hexa loses a motor the flight is over.  My initial prediction was that the average customer would not be able to get past the training/PID tuning flights and end up with a pile of parts.  This was no Blade MCX.

Comment by Paul Mather on February 1, 2012 at 10:22am

I see "experience to produce a high performance flying robot in a low cost kit that practically anyone can assemble" but nothing about it being easy to fly. It also says: "We have spent the last 2 years testing, programming and flying these computers and we have the knowledge, configurations and programs you need to get in the air NOW. We've done all the work so you can start USING the eye3 (instead of crashing it)." which might be true if they are going to send you the PID settings to make it stable.

Comment by Ellison Chan on February 1, 2012 at 10:29am

Yes, it was close enough to reality to fool people.  But we all know that the claims were just a little unrealistic, coupled with their delivery date of April/2012.  The problem I found with it, is that they were making the claims, as if it already existed, instead of it being in development. And we all know the availability status of APM2 boards, right now.  According to Jordi, back orders are shipping in about Feb.  And, it seemed that they had not contacted any suppliers to check to see if stock was available, as far as we know.  

Given the rate at which sponsors were coming on board, Kickstarter probably decided they didn't need that kind of risk.

I think "hoax" and "scam" may be too harsh, but "success factors" were not indicated for this project.

Check out the other thread where, we discussed in more details about this project:


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