It looks like they've still got a lot of work to do to make this Pocketcopter a reality, but it's a cool idea (I've backed it):

How does the Pocketcopter work?

The Pocketcopter itself is powered by a 12V battery (rechargeable or replaceable) and is controlled via the touch screen of your smartphone.


The connection is via WiFi (similar to the remote control of the GoPro) or Bluetooth.
Due to the fact that, although the rotor arms are fixed one above the other, each spins in the opposite direction to the other thus achieving stability
 and ensuring quiet recordings.

Should the Pocketcopter lose the connection to the smartphone it automatically floats slowly to the ground.

The software interfaces will allow the pictures or videos taken to be instantly shared directly on social networks like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Specifications

  • Height about 19 cm
  • Diameter about 4.5 cm
  • 12V rechargeable
  • 3D HD camera
  • Range about 10 meters
  • Rotor blades removable
  • Previous tests showed that the running time of a fully charged battery is about 6 hours (camera) and 25 min flight time.
  • Storage Medium: Micro SD card

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Comment by Jared Reabow on September 13, 2014 at 12:36pm

lol, slight gust and byebye!

Comment by Johann van de Venter on September 13, 2014 at 1:34pm

HAHAHAHA  @ John

Comment by Scott Penrose on September 13, 2014 at 2:23pm

How does it move ? counter rotating allow up and down, and yaw (mind you yaw was not on their demo video !) how do you go left / right / forward / back ?

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on September 13, 2014 at 3:26pm

Yeah, gonna be debbie downer again.  I think this is bunk. Even if they could get it to fly, the camera quality would be crap.

Comment by Greg Nuspel on September 13, 2014 at 4:08pm

I guess on the risk assessment they should put "We might run off to the Caribbean, lay on the beach and dream up new ideas for supporters to back." 

Comment by Mike T on September 13, 2014 at 6:32pm

could you imagine something this small flying outside? HA! the footage would be so horrible and shaky with a slight wind. any gust and it would dissapear


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Comment by David Anders on September 13, 2014 at 6:45pm

Chris, is this what you were talking about when we had that dinner?!?

Comment by Johann van de Venter on September 13, 2014 at 7:12pm

"39 years old - micro-electrician, humourist and entertainer"

1. Humourist : Yea this joke is quite funny 

2. Entertainer: +1 ... very entertaining ... 

Don't think any of the investors will find it entertaining when it does not get of the ground though ... 

Comment by Jack Crossfire on September 13, 2014 at 10:11pm

It won't work as shown, but it's certainly possible in the given dimensions.  Litemachines got a suppository copter to work, 10 years ago. 

Comment by Johann van de Venter on September 14, 2014 at 3:19am

I just don't see how a Mobile app developer, a micro electrician and a designer will be able to fund the hardware design and engineering, software design and device manufacturing cost before June 2015 with the budget of 15K (even at the current 70K it's not possible given the time lines and suggested product cost). 

I also don't see how they'll be able to include a 3D video recording system on a device the size of a deodorant can that only costs €99. A Pixhawk alone is more than twice that price. 

Unless Sir Branson is on board behind the scenes I will be astonished, and more than willing to eat my words if this projects succeeds, even before 2016.

I'm afraid this kind of thing is what will ultimately hurt the crowd-funding scene's reputation in the long run to such an extent that very few people will be willing to back even the best of ideas. 

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