Crowdfunding project of the week – Rook drone can be controlled from anywhere
We are changing things a bit around here, as you can tell by the title. Our weekly ‘Kickstarter project of the week’ showcases some of the hottest crowdfunding tech in the web. We try to curate a list with the best of the best, but realize that there is more than just Kickstarter out there. This is why we have changed the series title to ‘Crowdfunding project of the week’.
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Let’s start fresh, shall we? Today we have a crowdfunding project from Indiegogo. Rook is a drone, but it is not quite your average drone. No matter how high-tech a flying drone is, it is limited by distance. You usually need to be within close range to control it. The Rook can be controlled from anywhere in the world, so long as you and the drone have an internet connection.
The idea is actually quite simple. The Rook connects to any WiFi network and can be controlled via an Android (or iOS) app remotely. All you need is an internet connection on both ends.
But this also means there are limitations. Though your distance from the drone is not an issue, the flying gadget needs to be within WiFi range. That is ok, though, because this drone’s purpose is a bit different.
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This is more of a home security system of sorts. Want to check on the kids? Maybe you need to see if a package arrived… or if you left the stove on! Just pull out your smartphone and fly over to see what’s going on around your home through the integrated camera. When you are done, just fly it back to its wireless charging station and you will be set for your next flight.
So, what’s the damage? Well, the drone will go on sale for $200 once it hits retail, but backers can get one for as low as $99. They have reached almost 25% of their $20,000 funding goal, but the campaign still has a month to go.
Shipments start on December, so you do have to wait a bit for it. Did the Rook catch your eye? Are you thinking of backing this one? Hit the comments and let us know! Just hit the button below to check out the Indiegogo page.