ANURA - The pocket sized foldable flying camera drone

Having a flying camera equipped drone is definitely a cool thing, having a pocket sized drone which you can operate using your phone will be awesome

If you’ve ever wanted to fit a flying camera-equipped drone into your pocket so you can take it with you for the day, we won’t ask why – just know that Anura is a name you’ll want to remember. The creation of AeriCam, a four-year-old company founded by a commercial photographer with a passion for remote-controlled flying devices, the Anura is a flying quad copter that, when its wings are folded into the main body, is about the size of a thicker iPhone 6, and can fit in the pocket.

It connects with iOS and Android smartphones via Wi-Fi and has a built-in micro camera, which offers a live aerial view on the smartphone’s screen. The connected smartphone also serves as the remote control for the Anura, making you see through as you navigate.

The foldable, pocket-sized drone is set to debut on Kickstarter in mid- October, where it will be available for preorders. AeriCam’s website says the “aim” is for the Anura to be priced at under $200.

Jason Lam, founder of AeriCam, says his company will need at least 500 backers for its crowd funding campaign in order to start production. He adds that the manufacturer has agreed to integrate add-on features, such as auto takeoff, auto land, return home and follow phone (these will be awesome features, as you can set a location to be home and when you ask it to it will automatically go to that location and at the same time be able to follow phone when not in real-time control) – if the Kickstarter campaign gets at least 1,000 backers.

The Anura, while notably tiny, is far from the first portable drone on the block. The PlexiDrone, a product of Toronto-based robotics startup DreamQii, is another flying quad copter that fits into a backpack when disassembled. The bigger size comes with a more robust set of features, including the ability to draw a flight path, obstacle detection and swappable parts.

Anura with all these features and future feature is a big renovation in the flying drone technology. The size, the camera, the microphone and the wireless control by phone makes it awesome even for kids.

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