CyPhy Works has this week unveiled its new Pocket Flyer drone in the form of a tiny tethered drone which has been designed to fly for more than two hours on a single charge.
The new Pocket Flyer is a tethered drone that uses a microfilament for power and to stream HD video back to the user up to a range of 250 feet or 76 meters. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about the Pocket Flyer drone project and see it in action.
CyPhy Works founder and CEO Helen Greiner explained in an interview with IEEE Spectrum a little more about the design of the tiny tethered drone that has been specifically designed for military applications.
“If you see these wireless systems, you can look at the signal, and potentially take control of the vehicle. If you’re not that technologically sophisticated, you can actually just put noise into the environment and jam the signals, and the drone will lose control. The microfilament is impervious to that.”
“We took [our robots] to special forces and IED guys, and they loved them, they wanted them, but the feedback that we also got was, ‘We’d like to carry it more easily.’ It fits into a backpack, and that’s great, but what are you going to leave out of the backpack? They need all this stuff. The Pocket Flyer fits in a cargo pants pocket. The best robot is the one you have with you. And that’s exactly what this robot will be; it’ll be the one you have with you when you get to that dangerous situation. You don’t know when to expect these things, so you’ll need this robot always with you.”
For more information on the new Pocket Flyer drone jump over to the IEEE Spectrum website for details via the link below.