In the world of drones, there are always improvements and many would like to see them get to be very small and there are a number of different things we could use them for. If they can be made small enough and cheap enough, we can use them for gaming purposes or for education with cameras attached to them. It seems they have been getting much smaller and the prices are starting to drop down, moving closer to the $100 mark. At that point, they become affordable for most people. And it seems that we can see a small version of a drone that fits in the palm of your hand.
Called the Robot Dragonfly, it is in the last few hours of raising funding on Indiegogo. Unlike KickStarter, whatever money raised goes directly to fund a project, even if they have not reached their goal. The Dragonfly robot looks similar to that of a dragonfly, thus the name. As the video below shows, it can fly, hover and float. They have exceeded their goal for raising money, thanks to a $1 million grant from the US Air Force which has allowed them to work on multiple prototypes.
The cheapest one is expected to sell for $99, beginning in July 2013. A more advanced version will sell for $179 and could be available in September, if not sooner. Their ultimate version is expected to sell for $1500. This version will include their MARC-3 computer on board, giving it some advanced features and the ability to act like a real drone with camera feed back. For most of us, we will be looking at the lower priced version. They can be controlled by apps which you can download at the Google Play store when they come to market.
These will be a hobbyists dream come true when they come to market.