Nowadays you can check your home fro your phone using a mobile device and some security cameras, but how many of these can fly? Insert “Aire” by Aevena, an aerial robot that can be engaged remotely to provide a livestream inside your home.
Who wouldn’t love the idea of using a remote-controlled flying camera to navigate around your home when you’re out and about. The Aire comes equipped with four sonar sensors and a 3D depth camera, used to detect and avoid obstacles in every direction. The drone will be primarily controlled over Wi-Fi through a smartphone app in first-person-view mode, but the company tells us that autonomous flight modes will become available in the near future.
The drone weighs 3 lb (1.3 kg) and measures 14 inches tall (35 cm) and 12 inches thick (30 cm) and currently has launched a Kickstarter campaign today to finance production. Early pledges of US$699 are available, with shipping slated for November 2018 if all goes to plan.
“There is some level of autonomy for things like taking off, auto-docking and avoiding obstacles,” Aevena CEO Jeffrey Tseng tells New Atlas. “We also have a mode that allows it to take pictures using voice control to demonstrate some basic autonomy. In the future, we’re going to be adding features and functionality using over-the-air updates that will enable higher levels of autonomy, like Teslas, so it can do things like patrol the house on its own. The hardware is there to add more capability, so you won’t need to purchase a new device to get more capability.”
The hardware onboard includes a 3D camera and a 4K camera with night vision, along with IMU sensors, NVIDIA Tegra supercomputer processor and an ARM-based Flight Controller. Tseng says the drone will be capable of some autonomous functions straight out of the box, like automatically launching from a charging dock, avoiding obstacles and then self-docking again when running low on juice. Flight time from the 2,000 mAh Li-Po battery is reported to be 8 minutes.