Helico Aerospace Industries AirDog: The Best Drone for Adventurers
The AirDog is the latest entry in quite possibly the coolest of product categories: auto-follow drones. Like its competitors, the Iris+ and Hexo+, this robot can autonomously follow you around, no remote control required, always keeping its gimbal-mounted camera (not included — there are mounts for GoPros and Sony's action cams) as you bike through rugged trails or bomb down ski slopes. AirDog can fly at up to 40 mph, and uses a suite of five sensors to virtually leash itself to an armband, which also features buttons to send the drone airborne, or bring it back to Earth. It can stay aloft for 20 minutes per battery change, but users can also swap in a spare battery. Again, there isn't a ton of difference between this model's features and what's found on the two existing auto-follow drones, but Helico plans to make design changes following a beta test period, which kicks off later this month. Their goal is to have a product ready by the middle of 2016, for around $1,300.
[Helico Aerospace Industries AirDog; around $1,300; airdog.com]