Kickstarter grounds Eye3 flying camera

Pie in the sky? The canceled Eye3 robot camera.


Fancy having your own self-guided flying camera mount? One that could get your Canon dSLR soaring over your house and neighborhood for only $2,500?

Kickstarter fans would, so much so that they ponied up triple the $25,000 funding goal for the Eye3 hexacopter, powered by the open-source APM2 autopilot platform.

After all, flying drones, military and civilian, can record stunning footage for a lot less than the price of a helicopter camera crew.

But Kickstarter has poked its finger in the Eye3, pulling the plug on funding.

Kellie Sigler, the woman behind what was billed as “a professional quality yet affordable flying robotic camera platform,” wrote: “Kickstarter ended this project. We don’t really know why. They haven’t contacted us with any reason….or any info at all aside from that it has been canceled.”

It may have a lot to do with allegations that the Eye3 was basically fake because it’s too similar to existing products.

The vehicle was described as “a low-cost kit that practically anyone can assemble,” requiring only “basi… [Read more]

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