- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The personal paparazzi nano drone has arrived, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign for Torquing Group Ltd.

After raising more than $1 million in a single day on the popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter, the “Autonomous. Intelligent. Swarming. Nano Drone,” called Zano will ship to customers in 2015. Torquing Group Ltd originally sought $195,000 for a 30-day campaign.

“When we began work on Zano, our goal was to make aerial photography and video capture truly accessible to everyone,” said Reece Crowther, head of marketing at Torquing Group, in a statement, Venture Beat reported Tuesday. “This meant making Zano small and lightweight, yet durable enough to take with you anywhere, intelligent enough so no piloting skills were required, and most of all, pricing Zano at a point that makes it affordable.”

Torquing Group, which has worked on drone technology since 2008, says that its devices will be compatible with iOS or Android smartphones via Wi-Fi. The drones can follow users around autonomously or be controlled via smartphone. The company expects its Kickstarter pledges to receive their products in June.

Each device will come with a 5 megapixel HD video camera, a battery capable of 10 to 15 minutes of “intelligent flight” time, and will weigh 1.94 ounces.

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