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This $350 Leashed Drone Might Be the Most Portable Quadcopter Yet

  • The drone is currently available for pre-order on Indiegogo for $349. It’s meant to be used at low-altitudes in crowded areas for applications like citizen journalism. Unfortunately, it’s only got a 15 minute battery life so far.
  • One of its coolest features is the entire drone folds up into a tube that is a lot easier to carry than a quadcopter — no padded briefcase needed here. That’s what you’re seeing in the GIF up top. However, the Phi doesn’t have a camera. You’ll need to bring your own GoPro.
  • The Fotokite doesn’t need a pilot — it automatically hovers near its user, who is holding its leash. The leash handle has a few controls, which can send the Phi higher or lower, or turn it around, although you do have less control than you would with a two-joystick controller. The leash can also be used as a power and data cord.

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