In July 2014, AirDog launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise $200,000 for its new, self-titled auto-follow drone for GoPro camera. The device is designed for sports enthusiasts, outdoor fans and indie moviemakers.

Not only did the drone surpass its initial goal, by the end of its time on the crowdfunding giant, the AirDog took home over $1.3 million. Just 8 months later, the drone received $2 million through a round of funding, which was led by Seraph Group.

Alongside Seraph Group, the seed round was also joined by IT-Farm Corporation, Base Ventures, FlyCap, Imprimatur Capital and by a group of angel investors such as Konstantin Othmer, Harry Cheung, Vinny Lingham, Chris Hulls and Arthur Watson. Combined with the initial round of funding from Kickstarter, the team have raised over $3.3 Million.

This follows on from the product winning the ‘Best of CES’ award at the International CES, a global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow, that took place in Las Vegas in 2015.

Edgars Rozentals founded the company in June 2012 as Helico Aerospace Industries with a plan to develop industrial unmanned aerial systems for specific purposes such as aerial mapping, survey, aerial videography etc. Year after they got struck by the AirDog idea. Today AirDog is one of the most popular products among active sports enthusiasts and soon will be available in stores.  

AirDog promises to perfect the use of GoPro, the finest sports videography equipment so far. The beauty of the new device lies in its elegant way of fussing data from the remote attached to the owner, processing it using a sophisticated algorithm and directing AirDog to always follow the athlete and film his movements. Active gyro stabilization guarantees that video footage is absolutely stable, remarkably smooth, and always in level with the horizon.

Photo by: AirDog

More information: https://www.airdog.com/

Source: Crowdfund Insider
Latvian Institute, 29.03.2016, Innovation, Economy, Sports