Date:16 July 2014
It was only a matter of time before someone invented a drone that would automatically follow you – and now it’s here. Meet the AirDog, a small, foldable quadcopter designed specifically for shooting action sports with the GoPro video camera.
Like its canine namesake, AirDog – currently the subject of a successful Kickstarter campaign (with 9 days to go, the project has exceeded its target by $735 180, or about R7,85 million) – follows you wherever you go, whatever you do. As its creators say, it’s not bothered by pelting rain, freezing temperatures, massive waves or “freaking insane” places. It works as your personal training assistant, allowing you to review what you’re doing right, and where you need to improve. All you need do is strap on the AirLeash – a small computerised tracker that sends signals to the drone, prompting it to perform in-flight calculations to keep pointing the camera at the subject – and off you go.
Take-off and landing is completely autonomous, freeing you to focus on your performance. The AirDog will land at the end of your activity or return to the take-off spot when the battery begins to run low.
Watch how AirDog is changing the way action-sport enthusiasts capture their most epic moments…