Whether you enjoy running, skateboarding, hiking, biking, motor cross, climbing, skiing, surfing, or any other outdoor activity, you may have wished you had a faithful old friend with you that would follow to heel without question. Well, that loyal companion is now available. Released on open sale towards the end of 2015 is Airdog, a faithful, unquestioning companion that will follow you on command regardless of terrain / danger.
Meeting your Airdog for the first time you will notice how colorful your new companion is. Sporting a yellow body and purple legs your Airdog is certainly a unique looker. You will also see that Airdog is a compact little creature with its legs and propellers folded away ready to be tucked away into a small backpack, and at 1.85 Kilos, with its battery and a GpPro camera, your new pet is no effort to carry around to the venue of your chosen activity. Your Airdog has a rugged plastic form and simplistic design which enables it to shrug off rough handling, bumps, and scrapes without flinching, or a visit to the vet! Nothing about Airdog’s appearance gives you any inkling of fragility. Airdog has a single forward facing camera which will lock onto your wrist mounted leash and will not let go until ordered to do so by you. Your leash is light, compact, uncluttered and easy to operate with simple one-touch commands which Airdog obeys immediately.
Out to Play With Airdog
At the site of your chosen activity, you simply unfold your Airdog and it’s ready to go. Airdog will follow you at a range of up to 250 meters, which is above average, and at a maximum speed of 42MPH, depending on wind conditions, and is happy to operate in temperatures ranging from -10 to + 40 degrees C. Fitted with a Go Pro camera Airdog is unrelenting in its pursuit of you. Regardless of twists, turns, ups and the downs your activity may require of you, Airdog keeps you centrally framed and focused for perfect imaging. Your faithful companion will be able to follow you for around 18 minutes, which is above average for devices of a similar price. At the touch of a button on the leash, your faithful friend will return to its starting point, landing to within .25 of a meter. In flight you will need to be aware of the route you are following as Airdog only has a single forward facing camera facility, meaning it is not fully aware of its peripheral surroundings. You Airdog may be just a tree branch away from a nasty stumble.
Is There a Downside to Airdog?
Airdog is not about to win any beauty contest. It’s yellow and purple appearance may not be everyone’s first choice of livery, and as yet there are no plans to offer any alternative choice. Of course, this doesn’t affect performance, and at least your new pup will stand out in a crowd. After initially choosing Airdog as your new companion, you will need to bear in mind the cost of a camera as Airdog doesn’t come equipped with one. Its camera mounting will take the excellent GoPro camera which gives excellent imagery. Airdog’s camera gimbal is restricted to an up and down movement. With no side to side option, this can be limiting. Airdog has no collision avoidance system, this can be a worry. Airdog follows you from above by locking onto the signal emitted from the leash on your wrist. If you are using Airdog for outdoor, sporting activities, for which it was primarily designed, you will have little or no time to be looking out anything that could present a potential hazard to your new friend.
Giving orders to Airdog from the leash on your wrist is simple, but there’s no facility to take a still shot from the camera. Although designed primarily for the active outdoors, some owners may want to use Airdog for more simple aerial photography, in which case the camera restrictions will be an issue. At 1599 Dollars, plus the cost of a camera, some may think that the price is excessive for a cycloptic canine flyer. With more complete drone packages available on the market, for just a little more money, potentially new, loving homes for Airdog may be hard to find.
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