The Aire drone is the most ambitious home robotics project that helps around the house and you can even order it around. Available on Kickstarter, It is advertised as a ‘self-flying probotic assistant for your home’. It can act as a security camera where you can check suspicious situations when you’re away from home. Aire is a smart drone which can avoid obstacle.
Aire doesn’t sound or move like a typical drone, which is a big point of emphasis for its creators. It sounds a bit like a vacuum cleaner or hair dryer, instead of that mosquito-in-your-ear sound you get from most drones. It’s also really safe to interact with. For instance, when we were asking Aire to take a photo, it was totally cool to grab the drone and position it in the desired spot — once you let go it stabilizes and keeps flying like nothing happened.
But there’s enough technology here to do some very interesting things if Aire is successful. For instance, you could ask Aire to scan your entire home for insurance purposes, or create a 3D map of your home for help with a remodel. Aire could search your home for a specific person, or patrol your home for anomalies. These are all features that could set it apart from a traditional security camera setup, or a traditional drone, but who knows if they’ll ever get built. Aire’s autonomous skills are very limited right now: it can take off and land from a wireless charging dock if it can see the dock, and it can take a photo when you ask it to over Alexa.
You can pre-order it on Kickstarter for $749 (early-bird price) and $1,499 on retail.
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