CyPhy LVL 1 Drone

First consumer drone from iRobot cofounder Helen Greiner

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Helen Greiner
Helen GreinerMaker@helengreiner · CEO, CyPhy Works
Its fun! Its useful! It's a drone! What else do you need to know?
Emily Veach
Emily Veach@editemily · writer @Feedly
Helen was recently on This Week in Startups with Jason Calacanis. It's a great, candid interview -- http://thisweekinstartups.com/he... I was surprised to learn just how long the drone industry has been around (though it's come a long way). The CyPhy LVL 1 looks awesome. :)
Helen Greiner
Helen GreinerMaker@helengreiner · CEO, CyPhy Works
@editemily thanks!
Anton Troynikov
Anton Troynikov@atroyn · http://troynikov.io
Always interested in new drone platforms, but CyPhy is taking on 3DR and DJI - already big, established players. Will Lvl1 have enough new features to compete/take a niche?
Helen Greiner
Helen GreinerMaker@helengreiner · CEO, CyPhy Works
@atroyn That's a great comment Anton. Its not the number of features, its the utility or fun of them. LVL 1 flies better, is more intuitive to control, is safer, and has in flight social sharing.
Helen Greiner
Helen GreinerMaker@helengreiner · CEO, CyPhy Works
@atroyn Also there was a multi-thousand dollar robotic vacuum on the market when we introduced roomba. Turns out that there is a consumer price point and it is a few hundred dollars. Others are targeting prosumers, industrial, and semi-professional movie making.
Anton Troynikov
Anton Troynikov@atroyn · http://troynikov.io
@helengreiner Thanks for the answer Helen - I meant more that there would be many new features, rather than a bigger feature set overall. Very interesting stuff. Is Lvl1 making use of the microfilament tether developed for your other drones somehow?
Kenn Sebesta
Kenn SebestaMaker@aeroboticist · Senior Controls Engineer
@atroyn, the microfilament is used on our industrial drones. It would be fun to bring infinite flight time to the consumer sector, but it doesn't have as broad appeal as tether-less flight.
Helen Greiner
Helen GreinerMaker@helengreiner · CEO, CyPhy Works
@atroyn perhaps as a later accessory. not every consumer needs persistent flight, but some do!
Helen Greiner
Helen GreinerMaker@helengreiner · CEO, CyPhy Works
Hi Product Hunters! I'm excited to share the LVL 1 Drone with the community and look forward to your questions/feedback. Here's a chart of the consumer drone landscape https://twitter.com/bznotes/stat... and our Kickstarter page that contains videos and LVL 1 specs: www.cyphyworks.com/LVL1.
Helen Greiner
Helen GreinerMaker@helengreiner · CEO, CyPhy Works
That's a great comment Anton. Its not the number of features, its the utility or fun of them. LVL 1 flies better, is more intuitive to control, is safer, and has in flight social sharing.