The latest in accessible equipment for filmmakers is AirDog, a quadcopter that follows and films users with a GoPro camera. Although currently in its Kickstarter phase (almost complete), the gadget is part of a new wave of innovations designed to make aerial filmmaking accessible.
Originally designed to film extreme sports, AirDog can also be used by filmmakers to film scenes that may be more difficult to shoot traditionally.
“AirDog is your sidekick, just in case you can’t rent a helicopter plus professional photographer to take a video of your black diamond run. AirDog is your personal training assistant, allowing you to review what you’re doing right, and where you need to improve. AirDog can transport you to views that you never thought possible,” reads the pitch on the campaign page.
An AirDog package will come with the quadcopter, an AirLeash wireless device used by the quadcopter to track users, a device used to stabilize any attached GoPro camera and some other (to be announced) perks. An app that allows users to control the quadcopter will also be available on smartphones.
The campaign is close to reaching its $200,000 goal with 38 days left on the campaign. AirDog is expected to drop sometime in November. And while they haven’t revealed pricing yet, if you pledge $1,195, you can reserve an AirDog of your own.