HERO+ autonomous drone now available for pre-order

hexo-plusFor years, it has been possible to take cool action videos and shots while you are out biking, skiing, or playing some other sport. It typically required a friend to come along and capture your actions. Founded by French snowboarder Xavier de la Rue and Mathieu Girard, startup HEXO+ aims to improve upon this experience with an automated drone that it promotes as being capable of allowing the average athlete to record their feats with Hollywood-style shots.

HEXO+ has embraced a “hexacopter” design, building a drone capable of flying up to 70km/h and autonomously following the athlete’s motion. Using a smartphone, users have the ability to arrange for the device to follow the anticipated path of the athlete, allowing for it to capture action shots while the athlete is busy running, skiing, or what have you. The drone, which can be controlled through a smartphone app, 2D gimbal, through which users can mount their GoPro, but this can be upgraded to a 3D version for an additional $200.Getting your hands on one of the HexoPlus drones will set you back quite a bit, as each unit costs $1,499. They are , but those looking to buy one will have to wait a good while, as the company only anticipates shipping in September.

Getting your hands on one of the HexoPlus drones will set you back quite a bit, as each unit costs $1,499. They are accepting pre-orders now, but those looking to buy one will have to wait a good while, as the company only anticipates shipping in September.

Like other hardware startups, the team behind HEXO+ turned to crowdfunding in order to validate the level of interest in their product and raise funds for production. And what a campaign it was, as they used Kickstarter to take home more than $1.3 million from just over 2,300 backers back in July, 2014. HEXO+ actively targets those who enjoy spending a great deal of time outdoors. Not only do they advertise endorsements from a number winter-sports athletes, but they also play up the device’s capabilities as a camera for capturing outdoor sports.

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