AirDog Reaches Half-Million USD in Funding on Second Week of Kickstarter Campaign
Palo Alto, CA, June 30, 2014 – AirDog’s Kickstarter campaign is a success. AirDog the easy-to-use auto-follow drone for the GoPro camera has achieved their stretch goal of $500,000 USD during their second week of a Kickstarter campaign.
Edgars Rozentals, CEO and founder of Helico Aerospace Industries remarked “After the first few days of our kickstarter.com campaign, we realized just how much potential this product has. It really hit home when, in just three days, we exceeded the campaign’s initial goal of $200,000! Two weeks later, we have preorders for over 500 drones. Apparently, there’s a demand for AirDog. Our innovation has gained trust. Now, with this level of anticipation, we’re extremely motivated to continue our work, and to deliver AirDog drones to their new owners before Christmas 2014.”
By all accounts, the Kickstarter campaign has already been a complete success. The AirDog team composed of engineers passionate about action sports raised $200,000 just three days into the campaign. The second stretch goal of $500,000 was reached in two weeks. The Kickstarter continues until July 25.
As part of the Kickstarter launch, key members of the team took AirDog on tour. Visiting locations throughout southern California, new communities of extreme action sports fans were able to see AirDog in action.
To use AirDog, simply strap the programmable remote on your wrist or helmet. AirDog is ready to follow you wherever you go. No remote control skills are necessary. AirDog receives data from remote and processes it with advanced algorithms. Take-off and landing is completely autonomous, freeing athletes to focus on their performance. The drone has seven preset auto-follow flight modes to ensure flawless experience in a wide variety of action sports like surfing, motocross, wakeboarding, etc.
AirDog is also an excellent tool for indie moviemakers, outdoor lovers or real estate photographers. It has been dubbed “your airborne sidekick,” but with all of AirDog’s features, this is far more than just a flying companion — it is the next era of videography Stunning aerial photography is now available to anyone.
The AirDog expands the versatility of GoPro, the pinnacle of sports videography perfection. Active gyro stabilization guarantees that video footage is absolutely stable, remarkably smooth, and always level with the horizon. Foldable, fast, and tough, the drone can track and follow users and their trajectory, and capture every frame with ultra-stable accuracy. AirDog has a flight time of up to 15 minutes. Zipping along at 40-45 mph, AirDog can keep up with even the speediest of action sports.
Rozentals and the Helico team are no strangers to drone technology. As innovators in unmanned aerial systems (UAS), the group has experience in creating industrial applications for the civil use of drone technology. Helico’s project list includes airframe technology, integrated onboard computers, operating systems, and cloud computing infrastructure for unmanned systems. Helico’s ten-person team includes a combination of the brightest minds in the field, including aviation engineers, embedded systems engineers, iOS and Android developers, software developers, as well as marketing and management professionals.
Helico Aerospace Industries US LLC