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Brief Published: 2 Aug 2017

Hands-Free Camera Drone Follows You Everywhere

AirDog II is an all-terrain camera drone designed to document outdoor activities and extreme sports, enabling anyone to recreate the incredible scenic filming that has previously only been possible with a film crew. 

Created by Californian company Helico Aerospace Industries, the drone is built for hands-free use. It features multiple sensors that enable it to accurately follow the user in real-time, eliminating the need for manned operation.

The AirDog II is controlled via the AirLeash – a small tracking device worn as a wrist or arm band to initiate take-off and provide simple, mid-flight controls. Flight paths can also be customised within the accompanying app for more control over the creative process, while in-built camera stabilisation ensures a smooth picture and finish. 

Three modes enable different filming styles: the drone can remain fixed in one direction regardless of movement; point towards the subject at all times; or offer a dynamic circular shot to capture the user from every angle. In addition, a series of scenic modes enable the user to capture dramatic shots of their surroundings.

The concept of creating your own documentary chimes with the mindset described in The New Rules of Luxury: Seducing the Super-Rich, which sees the emergence of an entrepreneurial spirit as consumers seek to become the heroes of their own stories. This appetite for adventure is only likely to grow, particularly given the rising preference for outdoor activities among younger children and their families. See Gen Alpha: Childhood Rebooted for further insight.