Quadcopter as companion (and more!)

Aug 20, 2013 4 Comments by

A new project unveiled on crowd-funding site Kickstarter.com named “Spiri” is a pretty little flyer that can be anything you want it to be!

Inventor Patrick Edwards-Daugherty writes, “Meet Spiri, the programmable, autonomous flying robot. Designed for you and your projects. Spiri is a versatile, airborne Linux device with sensors, cameras, wifi, cloud support, development tools and more. Our design builds on four principles: (1) Spiri as a platform for creation and development, (2) Spiri as a well-balanced and sensitive physical machine, (3) Spiri as an autonomous and social creature, and (4) Spiri as a way to bring people together.

Our intent is to help you evolve Spiri based on your own passions, objectives, and imagination. Spiri can be a courier, a rescuer, a spelunker, a cartographer, a playmate, a gardener, an inspector, a reporter, a teammate, a wanderer, anything.”

Check out the video below, and if you’d like to help support this project in return for getting one of the first available Spiri quadcopters, click here.

Debra Cleghorn, Featured News

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4 Responses to “Quadcopter as companion (and more!)”

  1. Tony Baptist says:

    Where can I buy one?

    • Debra Cleghorn says:

      They aren’t in production yet, but if you go to http://www.KickStarter.com (the link in the post goes straight to the Spiri page) and help to fund the cost of production (think it’s $250) you will be the first to get one off the line!

  2. Phrank Stein says:

    LOL what a joke. $50 in eBay grade Chinese parts and won’t be able to lift a darn thing. So just how is this thing going to carry out any tasks for us? ROFLMAO

  3. Michael DeWitt says:

    Phrank Stein, you sound like you have done a lot of research on Spiri. I am interested in building one from scratch and I need your knowledge concerning the parts needed for construction and its capabilities. A youtube video documenting assembly using the $50 in eBay grade Chinese parts that you say are need to build one would be great. The story says that Spiri can be a courier, but you imply otherwise. What is the maximum lift capability with the recommended battery? Do you recommend using a battery with a higher cell count to increase the weight it can carry?

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