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Team DreamQii Announced Today their PlexiDrone

This post is the latest in the Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series which profiles interesting information, thoughts and research into using  drones, UAVs or remotely piloted vehicles for journalism and photography, that Kike learns about during his travels. 

Plexi-Drone by DreamQii
Team DreamQii announced today the IndieGoGo launch of their PlexiDrone. Pictured: Klever Freire holding the new sUAV in New York. © KIKE CALVO

Team DreamQii  announced today the IndieGoGo launch of their PlexiDrone, an ultra-portable, and intelligent, flying camera robot.

 

Here are a few of PlexiDrone’s features:
  • ultrasonic sensors for obstacle avoidance and safety
  • snap together assembly, with no tools, in less than 45seconds
  • retractable landing gear, so you will never see them in the corners of your shots
  • swarming technology, to control multiple drones simultaneously by smartphone/tablet
  • an aerodynamic backpack to carry aerial all your gear

 

You  could make a pledge directly through their website. There are only a limited number of PlexiDrone packages selling for the low early-bird price.

 

An aerodynamic backpack to carry your PlexiDrone. Photo © KIKE CALVO

 

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Award-winning photographer, journalist, and author Kike Calvo (pronounced key-keh) specializes in culture and environment. He has been on assignment in more than 90 countries, working on stories ranging from belugas in the Arctic to traditional Hmong costumes in Laos. Kike is pioneering in using small unmanned aerial systems to produce aerial photography as art, and as a tool for research and conservation. He is also known for his iconic photographic project, World of Dances, on the intersection of dance, nature, and architecture. His work has been published in National Geographic, New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair, among others. Kike teaches photography workshops and has been a guest lecturer at leading institutions like the School of Visual Arts and Yale University. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic blog Voices. He has authored nine books, including Drones for Conservation; So You Want to Create Maps Using Drones?; Staten Island: A Visual Journey to the Lighthouse at the End of the World; and Habitats, with forewords by David Doubilet and Jean-Michel Cousteau. Kike’s images have been exhibited around the world, and are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection. Kike was born in Spain and is based in New York. When he is not on assignment, he is making gazpacho following his grandmother’s Andalusian recipe. You can now buy Kike´s products: http://bit.ly/RJXlqr You can travel to Colombia with Kike: www.colombiaphotoexpeditions.com
  • Samuel Johnson

    This article is pretty old. DreamQii has made many new modifications to their Plexidrone ever since and are looking great. Even though there has been a delay with the production process, its looking promising. The best way to keep up to date with the progress is by following video updates on their YouTube page.

    https://www.youtube.com/…/UCbAkEasfVPNB2b9eH9sgpOg/videos

  • Tom Chen

    Wonder if DreamQii is still around (prob not). Plexidrone just seemed too versatile to be real. Time has proven i was correct.

  • Carolina H

    Anyone hear about the Plexidrone, I was thinking of buying it a long time ago. But Im not sure how to do it. Their indiegogo campaign is ended and the link Samuel posted doesnt work. Does anyone know where I could see a review or something?

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