Targeting cinematographers, journalists, scientists and hobbyists, the eye3 isn’t just a toy but packs enough power to hoist weighty (and expensive) 35mm dSLR cameras or even 16mm motion picture cameras with mounts. It has a durable, high precision carbon and glass fiber frame that weighs just half a kilogram. It uses the popular APM2 open source autopilot platform. Each of the six rotors is powered by a 350-watt motor. The six rotor design is a safety measure: two rotors can fail and the copter will still be brought back safely.
For $999 you get the basic hexacopter kit, which is the minimum you need to fly. You won’t get the autopilot, and you’ll need to provide your own radio controller. For $1,499 the full autopilot is added, and for $2,499 you get the top package that includes the controller and a handy carrying case for the robocopter.
Think about how much fun you’re going to have while watching the eye3 in the video below. For one thing, it definitely scoots faster through the air than Sigler’s calming, tranquil narrative. The accompanying piano is pretty incongruous with the hexacopter action as well. But that’s fine. They build it, we play with it, and next thing you know we’re causing all sorts of mischief.
Ain’t flying robots fun?