Camera drones are becoming more and more common these days—particularly for certain members of our government. And while most drones require a person holding double joysticks for control, there's a new drone coming soon that can fly without supervision. Meet the AirDog, the first automated drone that follows you like a loyal labrador (get it?), capturing aerial footage while you shred.
The AirDog is a "simple out-of-the-box drone for every surfer, kite-wake-snow-skate boarder or motocross rider out there," says creator Edgar Rozentāls, who stands at the intersection of extreme sports fanatic, IT specialist, and toy helicopter hobbyist. AirDog is simple to use because it flies itself, but getting it to follow you was anything but. The early working prototypes used a smartphone-drone pairing using WiFi and GPS, but it was kind of a mess. "Simple navigation by GPS is far from the precision needed for close and precise following," says Rozentāls. "Smartphones are missing some very crucial sensors...and you wouldn't take your smartphone on a surfboard."
With this problem in mind, they created a device to guide their drone, which they dubbed the "leash."