25

Aire Self-Flying Robotic Home Assistant

By: on September 20, 2017
$699 - $749
Check It Out

Aire's approach, a robotic home assistant that flies autonomously, is verrrry interesting. Especially considering my first order of business when I catch something flying autonomously around my condo is to swat or Bug-A-Salt it. I'm supposed to live in harmony with the self-propelling Aire?

Given that their buzzing cohabitator will stay out of my way, not run into or knock over my furniture, obey my voice-prompted commands, provide me with security alerts, and take 360-degree selfies of me blowin' it up on the couch with my 8Bitdo SN30, creator Aevena Robotics thinks I'll be happy to. (And the Aire home assistant doesn't really buzz.)

If Alexa had an affair with a drone (possibly because you told her to...) the Aire could be their unplanned pregnancy. Look at it. Cylindrical. Black. Blue LED light ring at the top. And the Aire is built to integrate with the Amazon Echo. They must share some of the same DNA.

From Daddy Drone the Aire inherited flight, which here includes a ducted system rather than a quadcopter design for propulsion. Interesting. That rules out DJI as the father. The Aire navigates using multiple cameras, sonar, and onboard IMU sensors to gauge its position and detect obstacles - a lot of this tech is similar to that used in self-driving cars.

The assista-drone responds to voice commands or minimalist app flight controls from your mobile device; you can "talk" to it from home or remotely, and don't need any piloting experience to use it. The Aire also has learning capabilities, so it will pick up new skills over time through over-the-air updates and leveraging IFTTT automation or Mama Alexa.

Additional Aire features include:

  • Security. The home assistant sends anomaly alerts when something is off, and allows you to review or launch visuals through the app to inspect them or check in on the house / the people in it.
  • Photography. Aire takes HD photos, 360-degree panoramas, and 4K videos. It can also live stream.
  • Whispertech Quiet Flight Technology. A patented noise reduction system Aevena says makes Aire "better-sounding than any drone on the market."
  • Docking. Just as it flies autonomously, Aire docks to sleep and recharge on its own too - provided the dock is within its visual range. If you install multiple docks around your house, Aire can identify and land on / take off from all of them.
  • Voice-command Flight. Paired with Alexa, you can pilot the Aire using voice commands. Manual flight control, as mentioned, is also available through the app.

Learn more, watch a ton of demo videos, and pledge for your own Aire on Kickstarter through October 20, 2017.

Check it out

SALT Self-Defense Gun

$299.99 - $349.99 from Salt Supply »

Lorenzo Maggiore already figured out how to A-Salt bugs in an effort keep our extermination of insects simple, clean, and green. Now we have a means of SALTing humans, this time in an effort to keep our defense against...

Check it out

Defender Anti-Theft Backpack

By: Quirky »

Due to my hulking presence and penetrating stare, people usually know better than to try and steal...or touch...or come within 10 feet of my stuff. But I'll grant that theft, and pickpocketing in particular, is a worldwide...

Check it out

Tactical Walls Inserts & Concealment Covers

$120 - $490 from Tactical Walls »

Although the word "tactical" has become as overused as the word "awesome", Tactical Walls reminds us there are still times when it can be applied meaningfully and justifiably. And also awesomely. Tactical Walls are inserts...

Check it out

Swidget Modular Outlet with Smart Home Inserts

$38 - $126 from Swidget »

The Swidget modular outlet reminds me of Phonebloks. Which then became Google's Ara project. And then, I guess, fell into oblivion when the tech giant decided mobile phones with swappable modules that make upgrading existing...

Buy Now

Mini CCTV Screw Camera

Sold Out from Amazon »

It's a screw cam! No, not that kind...well. What you use it for is up to you, I guess. But I'm calling it a screw cam because this miniature CCTV camera looks like the piece of hardware--a simple screw just minding its...

Check it out

Mk. III MegaBot - Piloted Battle Mech

MegaBots October 2017 Update: A couple months (years?) late, but the duel has an official stream date - October 17 at 10pm ET here on Twitch....

Check it out

Shonin Streamcam Wearable Personal Security Camera

$169 - $259 from Shonin »

Who wants their very own cloud-connected bodycam? The Shonin Streamcam is a forthcoming wearable personal security camera that records goings-on in hi-res video and, via WiFi or cellular SIM, saves it directly to the...

Check it out

Knight XV Fully Armored SUV

Conquest purports to marry "ultra-luxurious" with "fully-armored" in its forthcoming handcrafted SUV, the Knight XV. Historically, this type of marriage has not ended well (see: the reigns of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette;...

Check it out

Taxidermy Animal Drones

When I first read about, but hadn't yet seen, Copter Company's taxidermy animal drones I though they just sounded kinda goofy. Then I got a look at the Orvillecopter here. A spread-eagle taxidermied quad-cat-ter flying...

Buy Now

Add-A-Lock Portable Door Lock

$21.95 from Amazon »

The Add-A-Lock does one better than the portable intruder alarm: it won't just alert you when your one night stand tries to sneak back into your bedroom to sucker you into a committed, long-term relationship during which...

Check it out

Kuratas Robot - Rideable Battle Mech

$1.3 million from Suidobashi Heavy Industry »

Me: One 13-foot-tall, 9,920-pound menacing robot that I can either ride and pilot with mere hand and body gestures from a cockpit, or control remotely with my 3G connection, please....

Check it out

Tertill Solar-Powered Weeding Robot

It's a weeding robot, not a weed robot, but the Tertill gets just as many props for helping out with the most tedious of yard work as it would for...what would a weed robot do, anyway? Roll joints and pack bowls? Turn...