Posted By Simon Montford on March 16, 2015
The ELF is a nano drone that's being developed by a Chinese company called Elecfreaks. The company's campaign video does a great job of making me really want one, primarily because you can use the ELF to not only take "dronies", but also "remote view" using the accompanying cardboard cutout AV headset, during flight. Although extremely cool, neither feature is however unique.
Other drones, such as the Bebop, already offer the remote viewing feature, and there are several other "selfie drones" in the works that include Zano, which raised £2.3m on Kickstarter, Axis Nano that raised $40k on Indiegogo, Anura that raised $148k on Kickstarter (cancelled), the Pocket Drone that raised $929k on Kickstarter, and Nixie, that won $500k as a result of winning the Intel "Make it Wearable" Grand Prize. Also worth a mention is Carbon Flyer's mini drone that raised $351k via Indiegogo.
The makers of the ELF claim that it will fit into your pocket, but I guess that depends on how large your pockets are. It can shoot high-definition aerial photos and video, as well as "dronies" on command. For those of you who like to tinker with code, ELF will come with a fully hackable platform.
Prices did start at $49, however the Early Bird price of $55 is no longer, but don't fear because you can still pre-order a self-assembly kit for $65, or one that's pre-assembled for $69. International shipping will be offered for an additional $30, and the estimated shipping date is July 2015.
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