Posted By Simon Montford on Dec 11, 2015
ONAGOfly is a micro-drone with an on-board camera so it can take stills and record video. It can be controlled via a smartphone and comes with infrared obstacle avoidance. Pledges start at $179 for the first 200 units, and $199 thereafter. The company's estimated shipping date is February 2016.
ONAGOfly is controlled via a smartphone, and because the little device comes with wifi, photos and videos can be either downloaded to the user’s smartphone, or stored on a micro SD card using its onboard slot.
The company's crowdfunding campaign is now live on Indiegogo, and so far the little drone has been a big hit! With 28 days still to go, it has smashed its funding target (the current tally is $340,205 from 1,677 backers).
This sum, although impressive, is far less than the $3.5m raised on Kickstarter by the Torquing Group. Unfortunately having wowed the crowdfunding community by becoming the most successful European Kickstarter campaign ever, that company failed to deliver on its promises. Of the thousands that were pre-ordered online, only 600 Zano micro-drones made it into the hands of backers before the company folded. According to those backers their Zanos, priced at $250, could barely fly. It has ended up becoming such a PR disaster for the crowdfunding platform, that Kickstarter recently announced it plans to conduct an investigation into what happened to help backers understand what went wrong, and provide lessons learned. For further details about the Zano drone read more here.
We wish the company behind the ONAGOfly a better future than the Zano.
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