What’s the best drone? The one you have in your pocket. A misquote but one that sums up a new KickStarter project called Phone Drone. The idea could be the start of personal drones as Phone Drone is designed to pack away to a lunch pack size and so be available when the drone urge takes you. Did we ever think professional videographers would use consumer DSLRs? Did we ever think a 4K camera could be sold for around under £5,000? Can you see yourself using your smart phone drone to catch footage that you couldn’t get before?
Two anomalies come to mind immediately, if you’re using a your phone as the video capture device, how do you control it from their App? Their explanation is to either have autonomous flying like the Lily or have a second phone as your controller. Also if the phone is pointing down all the time, doesn’t that limit the viewing angle, their answer to have a mirror to capture other angles, but can you adjust it in-flight?
But whatever problems you see with this design we see a future for localised aerial cinematography devices like PhoneDrone.