- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Individuals who always wanted high quality aerial footage of them running a race, skiing down a mountain or riding the open road may soon have a drone built just for them due to Kickstarter.

Sports filmmaker Xavier de le Rue took to the crowdfunding platform to raise $50,000 for an “intelligent drone” that could follow its owner anonymously. As of Monday, he raised six times that amount for the HEXO+ intelligent drone.


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Mr. Rue, the founder of Palo Alto-based Squadrone System, said on Kickstarter that he “needed a solution that would make aerial filming possible in the most remote places: on mountains, in the snow, and in all sorts of unpredictable situations that were quite a pain to deal with when trying to sync a drone pilot, a cameraman and a rider.”

The filmmaker says on Kickstarter that he tried a number of options to try and figure out how to get the shots he wanted, but eventually came to the conclusion that “the only solution was to innovate.”


The drone operates by communicating with a user’s iPhone and an app that tells the machine how to frame the shot relative to the owner’s body, Business Insider reported Monday.

Interested buyers will be able to get a DIY kit to build the HEXO+ for $300, or they will be able to purchase a pre-built add-your-own-camera system for $600.