AirDog is 'world's first autonomous' sports drone; company raises over $200,000 on Kickstarter

PHOENIX - A California company has created a personal drone that flies without a pilot or a controller.

The AirDog is the "world's first autonomous personal action sports drone," according to its company, Helico Aerospace Industries US LLC based in Palo Alto, Calif.

The flying drone takes off, lands and can follow you using a wristband worn by the user.

The company's Kickstarter campaign has raised over $235,000, significantly more than it's goal of $200,000.

"It took 285 believers to make our dream come true. You have made the right choice. We are now inspired to keep on innovating to make AirDog the most useful and intelligent personal drone system out there," the company wrote on it's kickstarter page.

The company says its drone weighs just shy of four pounds and can fly for about 10-15 minutes. It can travel up to speeds of 40 miles per hour.

The company estimates its drone will sell for about $1,500. It is expected to start shipping in November.

It's creators say their working on additional accessories for the drone, including floaters that will allow it to take off and land on water, as well as a travel bag and prop guards.

A spokesman for the company said Thursday that the company will soon announce design improvements that will reduce drag and turbulence of the arms. The aircraft will still look the same, but has a "sleeker shape and reduced amount of plastic needed," the company spokesman said.

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