Like that mini quadcopter, the Onagofly is controlled with an iOS or Android device and is primarily designed to snap aerial selfies or record 1080p full-HD video while it follows you around in the air. Unlike the Zano, which didn't deliver on its promise, the drone's developers are guaranteeing March 2016 delivery to its backers.
For your $200 (approximately £135 or AU$275), plus a $25 shipping fee for those outside the US or China, you get the drone, two sets of propellers and a charger. When the Onagofly ships, it'll be priced at $300 (£200 or AU$415).
A free mobile app lets you fly the device via a direct Wi-Fi connection, which stretches up to 30 meters (98 feet), by tilting your smartphone or with onscreen keys. Built-in GPS syncs with the GPS in your phone so the Onagofly will automatically track your movement. There are also passive infrared sensors on each side for basic avoidance of obstacles within 20cm of the drone. Plus, it measures only 5 by 5 by 2 inches (125 by 125 by 46 mm) and weighs in at just 140 grams (o.3 pounds) -- less than the FAA's 250-gram weight to require registration -- so it's something you can just toss in a bag.
Other key features include:
- Sony-made 8-megapixel image sensor with electronic image stabilization
- 12 to 15 minutes of flight time
- Face and smile detection
- Automatic takeoff and landing
- Barometric sensor for hovering in place
Editors' note: The image sensor resolution was originally incorrectly reported and has been updated.