The AirDog follows you without a bulky remote control. Specially designed for capturing images for action sports enthusiasts who use GoPro cameras.
- Foldable, easily fits in your backpack
- Ground Collision Avoidance with LiDAR
- It can fly away up to 400 feet from the user with maximum follow speed of up to 44 miles per hour
- Easy to use
- Simple and intuitive
- Does not come with a camera.
- There is no joystick type RC controller for this drone.
- Does not come with adaptor for gopro hero 5 black. Needs to be bought separately
- The drone is NOT waterproof,
- No obstacle avoidance built into this
AirDog Extreme Sports Follow Drone – Hands On at CES 2016 by Digital Trends
- 1 x AirDog
- 1 x AirLeash
- iOs or Android App
- 1 x Gyro Stabilized Gimbal
- 1 x LiPo Battery Pack
- 1 x Charger and cables
- 1 x Operation Manual
- Stays airborne up to 18 minutes
- Control AirDog & make inflight adjustments with AirLeash – the wearable, waterproof control & tracking device
- Compatible cameras: GoPro Hero3, 3+ Black, Silver, White (in slim housing) and Hero4 Silver, Black (in Standard Housing), Adapter for GoPro Hero5 available as an accessory
6 Follow Modes
There are six Follow modes that you can configure and control with your AirLeash and smartphone app.
Will work with almost any sports. In this mode AirDog will follow you repeating exactly your movement trajectory while maintaining its position in preset distance and altitude from you. It will follow you at speeds up to 40 mph.
- Relative position follow
In this mode AirDog will maintain constant offset relative to magnetic north from the rider. For example, you can set it to keep a 10 meter distance at 4 meters high to the east from your position. Even when you change your direction, the AirDog will stay at the same preset angle from you. We suggest this mode for straight line wakeboard cable parks, surfing, and some other sports.
- Follow track
This is the safest way to operate AirDog. Simply go for one lap with AirLeash and it will record your track. Then adjust AirDogs trajectory to your liking in smartphone app. AirDog will repeatedly fly over the exact set trajectory and the camera will be continually adjusted to aim at the rider.This is the most creative mode where you can become a true director of your movie. Adjust AirDog’s trajectory to avoid obstacles like buildings or trees. You can even make it to shoot you from different angle on different spots/kickers in the track. It might sound complicated, but its a simple few tap process in AirDog smartphone app.
- Hover and Aim
The Hover and Aim setting allows AirDog to stay in one position above the ground, but constantly directing the camera at the AirLeash. This setting is perfect for tight places such as smaller skateparks, narrow forest trails, or for activities such as bungee jumping or base jumping, where clearance from equipment is important.
In this setting, AirDog makes circular rotations on a set radius and altitude, keeping the camera aimed at the AirLeash. This for slow speed or static shots to show impressive view around you.
- Look down
The most simple mode but can produce very stunning results. Simply “walk” your AirDog above a ramp or kicker where you are about to throw some epic tricks and with push of a button it will freeze its position and aim camera straight down. Now make sure you don’t go too high.
The Airdog ADII drone allows you to film yourself riding, capturing dynamic GoPro footage with just a few button presses of a compact remote.
Unlike most drones that operate with dual-stick remote controls and visual monitors, the ADII locks in on a wrist- or bike-mounted Leash and follows it automatically, keeping your GoPro Hero 5 Black pointed at you all the while.
For the past few years, I definitely fell into the ‘interested in but intimidated by drones’ category. We do a fair amount of video reviews and features at BikeRadar, with ride footage done largely on seatpost- and handlebar-mounted GoPros.
We have hired videographers for drone footage, and the moving aerial vantage point certainly adds visual appeal. But when working alone, learning how to fly and then piloting a drone while riding a bike just didn’t seem feasible to me.
All that to say, I found the promise of the ADII appealing: a smart drone that flies itself.
Taking the Airdog ADII drone out for the first time
Two modes: hover and follow
Once in the air, the Airdog II cruises above you when on Follow mode Ben Delaney / Immediate Media
There are two main ways Airdog II tracks you: hover and follow. Pressing the play/pause button on the Leash toggles between the two.
In hover mode — which is the default upon takeoff — the camera tracks on you, while the drone hovers in place. No matter how far off you ride, the Airdog II remains parked in the air, only pivoting if need be to keep the GoPro pointed at you.
In follow mode — which is Airdog’s specialty — the drone does exactly that; chasing you down the trail or road, with the GoPro staying fixed on you.
In both modes you can set the elevation with up/down arrow buttons on the Leash, and its orientation to you with left/right buttons. You can also adjust these settings on the fly, as well as toggling to ‘joystick mode’ to use the up/down buttons to bring it closer or move it farther away from you.
I would love to see Airdog make a bike mount. In the meantime, I improvised. Directional arrows move the drone in the ways you’d think. OK confirms actions. The star has five special effects. The H lands it. The cross brings it above your head. And the three lines puts it into joystick mode, which turns the up/down arrows into nearer/farther Ben Delaney / Immediate Media
And then two follow modes: fixed and adaptive
Adaptive means that the Airdog II follows in an interactive pattern. There are a few Adaptive presets you can use — I chose the Trail setting — and you can tweak those or create your own, fine-tuning the parameters of elevation and distance to the Leash.
What’s cool to me is how on Adaptive Follow mode the Airdog II swings around at random, giving you a variety of angles without the hassle of carefully programming all the sweeps and turns and bends.
I tested the drone on Adaptive Follow mode, which causes it to swoop around you Ben Delaney / Immediate Media
Speaking of programming, you can use an app to set a course. That is a two-step process: you use a satellite map to prescribe the route by setting waypoints, then you go back and set the elevation for each way point.
I haven’t had time to play with that yet.
Curves in learning and landscape
Before hopping on the bike, I practiced a little bit on foot. There are two mini training sessions that last about five minutes each.
At one point, the gimble that holds the GoPro was locked out and I didn’t realize that until I got home and looked at the footage. Evidently you need to turn each of the three axis pivots before launch to unlock it from travel mode.
Aside from that, I found it easy to use.
You need your own GoPro Hero 5 Black, which gets clamped into the Airdog II Ben Delaney / Immediate Media
There are five scene-setting shots, accessed by the star button. I tried the 360 Panorama function, which does what it says — spins in a slow circle while pointing at the horizon. My single test shot was slightly tilted.
There is also a Reveal Out, Reveal In — which zoom out and in, plus a pivot — and two fixed options: Look Down and Look Away for establishing set shots that aren’t centered on the Leash remote.
I found the Hover mode to be an effective scene-setter though — just park that sucker up high and ride off.
Maximum altitude from takeoff point is 400ft /120m. The high-elevation perspective is one of the cool things about drones.
Maximum altitude is 400ft / 120m from the point of take off Ben Delaney / Immediate Media
For my first test on the bike, I picked a wide open and thus somewhat visually boring area because I was afraid of crashing the thing into a tree and losing my GoPro. The Airdog II has crash avoidance sensors on the bottom for landing, but there is nothing to prevent it from plowing into a tree, a power line or a building.
But by riding in an area without trees, it was neat to see how the drone zips around like a playful pup.
Battery life and landing
I found the battery to be good for about 15 minutes.
After about 12 minutes of use while riding, the low-battery light began to flash, giving me time to find a safe place to land.
The Airdog II isn’t a compact proposition, even when packed down Ben Delaney / Immediate Media
Given this short life, I’d advise two things. One, get multiple batteries. And two, have a specific plan of action about what you’re trying to accomplish and exactly where before you take off.
You can land the thing in two ways. The Home function sends it way up high to its top elevation, then back to its original takeoff location. I suppose the idea is that at such a height, the drone has greatly reduced chances of hitting something while returning home.
The Spot function lands it where you are. To use this option, you press the Come to Me button, which brings the Airdog directly overhead. Then you press Spot and it drops down.
After a few initial tests, I was comfortable landing the drone right beside me Stella Delaney / Immediate Media
Pricing and availability
After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Airdog II is now on sale at airdog.com for $1,299 / £1,369 with an October delivery. After October the ADII will be $1,499 (UK price TBD).
Note that the original Airdog ADI drone can be found online in a variety of places for less than its original $1,500 asking price.