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Campaign cancelled by the Aevena team. See latest Update post.  

Drone Meets Security Camera

Aire is the world’s first indoor drone for the home, overcoming the limitations of today’s security systems, cameras, and IoT sensors. Aire can fly, so you can see what’s really going on anywhere in your home, keeping your loved ones and your property safe.

   

Meet Aire. The smart drone for your home.
Meet Aire. The smart drone for your home.

    

Aire alerts you when it detects or hears anything out of the ordinary with its 360-degree sensors. Launch Aire from your iPhone or Android device to see if it's a false alarm or if you need to call the authorities. Other home monitoring devices just leave you wondering what’s really happening.

     

Control Aire from anywhere in the world.
Control Aire from anywhere in the world.
  • Protect Your Entire Home - A vigilant 24/7 watchdog with motion detection when docked, and a fully mobile camera when in flight, Aire is an all-in-one home monitoring and security solution. 
  • Visit Family Virtually - Aire is telepresence. Whether it's checking in on elderly parents, your pets or just to visit the kids when you're away for work, Aire lets you be there with your family. 
  • Elevate Your Smart Home - As an extensible flying robot platform with over-ther-air updating, Aire can be used for telepresence, taking photos or enhancing your smart home with IFTTT and developer APIs.

    

Go anywhere, see everything.
Go anywhere, see everything.

  

Aire Really Flies? Yes!

Sufficiently advanced technology always looks like magic. So, we demonstrated it to the press and here's what they had to say:

 

 

 

  

Want more proof? Scroll down to find unedited footage of real flights in Real Demos & Prototypes - No Movie Magic.

  

The Perfect Solution For

  • Homeowners with multiple properties or who frequently travel
  • Renters who need a portable security and monitoring solution
  • Families with independent elderly living alone 
  • Real estate agents - provide remote virtual home tours 
  • Small business owners 
  • Smart home, robot enthusiasts and tinkerers
 
Keep watch of your home from anywhere.
Keep watch of your home from anywhere.
 

Safe, Secure and Human-friendly

Noise, downwash and security against hacking were three big objections we heard from people when we started so we made sure to address these in Aire’s design.

Aire is safe, secure and human-friendly.
Aire is safe, secure and human-friendly.
  • Safe Enough to Be Arounds Kids: All blades and moving parts are safely enclosed in a soft but durable shell so it won’t hurt children, pets, or furniture. Furthermore, Aire avoids physical contact in the first place with its 360-degree obstacle avoidance. 
  • Secure from Hacking: Aire uses encrypted cloud storage, and encrypted communications between Aire, Aevena Cloud and your smartphone. You are in complete control of Aire and your videos. 
  • Quiet Enough Not to Bother You: With a ducted fan design, Aire is quieter and more pleasant sounding than standard drones. Combined with its light weight, you won’t need to worry about downwash blowing things around.

  

Three Years and $3m in the Making 

Behind every major innovation, there's a lot of blood, sweat and tears. We overcame hundreds of key technology hurdles like designing a new type of drone that's quieter and safer, to using computer vision for indoor flight and auto-docking. Our team includes a key investor in Oculus, a former CTO of Yahoo, a MIT PhD who built micro satellites, a world-class expert in helicopter acoustics and hardware engineers that launched dozens of well-known consumer products.

Early Aire concept sketches.
Early Aire concept sketches.

 

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Protect Your Entire Home

All-in-One Security and Monitoring

When docked, Aire is in Watchdog Mode. Aire’s 360-degree flight sensors and microphones are used to detect motion and sound in every direction, alerting you to potential intruders, smoke alarms, or anything else out-of-the-ordinary.

Aire in Watchdog Mode.
Aire in Watchdog Mode.

  

Let Aire stand guard where intruders are most likely to come through. If any motion or sound is detected, you'll receive an alert and can launch Aire to investigate further.

  

 

Investigate Like You Are There

Today’s alarm systems and home sensors will alert you when something happens in your home, but they can’t tell you what or how serious it is. With Aire, a few presses on your smartphone let you investigate up close, just like you are there in person.

Simple intuitive controls. No experience needed.
Simple intuitive controls. No experience needed.

With Aire's intuitive smartphone app, simply press forward, left or right to move Aire. By automatically avoiding obstacles you can safely control Aire from thousands of miles away.

 

Know What's Really Going on Anywhere

  • Did I leave the stove on? 
  • Was my home damaged during the storm? 
  • Is it a flood or just a spill?

  

Use Aire to visually verify alarms.
Use Aire to visually verify alarms.
  • Did you also know? Visual verification is REQUIRED in some cities before police respond.

  

Visit Family Virtually

"Grandpa isn’t picking up. Is he OK?"

Checking in on grandpa.
Checking in on grandpa.

Have elderly parents living alone?

Only fire up Aire when you can’t reach grandma or grandpa so they have their privacy but you can still make sure they are OK no matter where they might be in their home.

   

"How's my dog doing?"

Fido the dog and Aire.
Fido the dog and Aire.

Check up on your loved ones, including the furry ones even if they're in another room. Dog tested.

  

Never Miss a Moment

Remotely join in on special family moments with Aire's live streaming capability, even when you’re away from home.

  

Elevate Your Smart Home

Aire is more than just a security camera. With its numerous sensors, powerful computing capabilities and over-the-air updating, Aire is fully programmable. Here are some of Aire's skills that come out of the box.

Integrate with IFTTT to enhance your home.
Integrate with IFTTT to enhance your home.

    

Hands-Free Photography

Let Aire take the pictures so the whole family can be in it. Since Aire is flying, you can position it anywhere for the perfect shot!

   

  • "Alexa, ask Aire to go into camera mode" — Aire will take off from its dock and be ready to receive commands. 
  • "Alexa, ask Aire to come here and take a picture" — Aire will rotate where it is, look for a face, then approach it to take a picture. 
  • "Alexa, ask Aire to go into camera mode" — Aire will return to its home, dock and start charging.

         

    IFTTT Automation Capabilities - By creating IFTTT Applets, Aire has the ability to interact with IoT devices throughout your home with triggers:  

    • Dark Room Flight — If Aire senses the room is dark, then turn on Philips Hue lights.  
    • Anomaly Detected — If Aire detects strange motion, then start recording video.  
    • 360° Panorama Taken — If Aire captures a 360° panorama photo, then save it to Google Drive.   

 

New Skills and Capability Updates

After overcoming the technical challenges of home navigation, photography and home monitoring were the first skills we taught Aire.

Kickstarter backer feedback, new IoT devices and our API will easily unlock Aire's full hardware capabilities with  software updates.
Kickstarter backer feedback, new IoT devices and our API will easily unlock Aire's full hardware capabilities with software updates.


Check out some features that are possible with over-the-air updates:

  • Virtual Home Mapping — Allows Aire to build a map, recognize the environment (room shape and size) and its own position within it to perform fully-autonomous flight functions. 
  • Autonomous Navigation — Vision-based Simultaneous Localization And Mapping (VSLAM) and depth sensors allow Aire to understand its environment and plan a path to navigate through it.
  • Security Patrols — Schedule and conduct routine flights patrols within your home to inspect for any unusual activity by command or autonomously before arriving home. 
  • Return Home — Navigate to its dock even if it's not in the same room by manual command or at low battery.
  • User Feedback — Leave us a comment with ideas for what you'd like to see. We'll be using your feedback to make Aire even better.

 

Better Than A Box of Cameras

 

Packed with Features

At its core, Aire is a self-flying robot platform with a big brain and many sensors whose first applications are security, telepresence and home automation. We packed it with features to support the applications you'll need now and in the future.

Features

 

Services

 

Real Demos & Prototypes - No Movie Magic

Raw videos taken with a handheld smartphone and no editing. Please note though that this is NOT the final production model, so the noise, flight stability and manufacturing quality will all improve significantly. Enjoy!

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Built on Cutting-edge Technology

Aire mechanical design.
Aire mechanical design.

Ducted Fan Propulsion - While ducted fan propulsion Unmanned Air Vehicles are nothing new, we have added a few new twists, such as minimizing the visible aerodynamic parts in Aire’s design and reducing the noise profile.

Noise profile optimized ducted fan intake grill.
Noise profile optimized ducted fan intake grill.

    

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Obstacle Avoidance - A forward-facing 3D Time-of-Flight camera is used to map out the obstacles in Aire’s path. Because 3D cameras can sometimes produce misleading data when confronted with mirrors or extremely matte surfaces, we have added sonar sensors in every axis to supplement the 3D camera to filter out false negative object detections.

  

Auto-docking and Charging - FLI Charge's patented charging surface allows Aire to charge on contact, meaning you will never have to worry about charging cables or plugging in. Aire doesn't even need to be perfectly aligned after landing for it to charge either.

Aerodynamically optimized Aire dock.
Aerodynamically optimized Aire dock.

   

Indoor Localization - While typical drones today use a simple one camera + sonar optical flow technology, Aire employs multi-camera localization using the same types of computer vision algorithms employed in the "inside-out tracking" of AR/VR headsets.

   

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Technical Specifications

Aire hardware being debugged.
Aire hardware being debugged.

 

Hardware

  • Main Processor — Nvidia Tegra X1 (1 TFLOP/s) with powerful Nvidia Maxwell™ architecture, 256 GPU cores, multi-core 64-bit CPUs, 4K video capabilities, and more power-efficient performance. 
  • Flight Controller — ARM Cortex-M4 with DSP 
  • GPU — NVIDIA Maxwell 256-core GPU DX-12, OpenGL 4.5, NVIDIA CUDA®, OpenGL ES 3.1, AEP and Vulkan  
  • Battery — 6s, 14.8V 
  • Connectivity — 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth

Mechanical

  • Aire Chassis — 12" x 12" x 13" and 12" x 12" x 16" including top/bottom padding. 
  • Aire Weight — 3.5 pounds 
  • Dock Dimensions - 18" x 18" x 24" 
  • Dock Weight — 7 pounds 

Sensors

  • Main Camera — 4K
  • Inertial — (2) accelerometers, (2) gyroscopes, (2) magnetometer
  • Localization — (3) cameras and (1) sonar (height) 
  • Obstacle Avoidance — (1) 3D Time of Flight depth camera and (5) sonar sensors (4 sides and upward for detecting ceilings) 

Performance

  • Flight Time — Min 8 minutes (we are working on getting more) 
  • Default Flight Speed - 1m/s 
  • Charge Time — 30 minutes from empty

  

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Development and Manufacturing

From day one, we knew that manufacturing was key to launching this product. So every step of the way, we worked with our contract manufacturer to make sure we could mass produce Aire. We’ve partnered so closely with our CM that they have even invested in Aevena.

Our team working with our contract manufacturer in Xiamen, China.
Our team working with our contract manufacturer in Xiamen, China.

  

   

Meet the Aevena Team

Building Aire requires expertise in a diverse set of fields, so we built the best team from the best people we could find worldwide. Our team includes a key investor in Oculus, a former CTO of Yahoo, a MIT PhD who built micro satellites, a world-class expert in helicopter acoustics and hardware engineers that launched dozens of well-known consumer products.

Previously co-founder/CEO of Kontagent (VC-backed). PhD dropout in EE at UCLA where he did research on drones, robotics and embedded systems. LinkedIn

Developed micro-satellites, avionics, robots and guidance systems. PhD|Aeronautics and Astronautics @ MIT specializing in control systems. LinkedIn

A researcher from the famed UPenn GRASP Robotics group. BS|Mech at SJTU, MS|Robotics at UPenn. LinkedIn

Known expert in the field of rotor aeroacoustics with over 20+ yrs of experience. Specialized in aeroacoustics at Bell Helicopter. LinkedIn

Aevena is supported by an extended team of talent from around the world to develop and deliver Aire.

Actuated Labs Inc.

Hardware and embedded systems research and development.
  

Formerly VP of Ops at Kontagent. Engineer @ NVIDIA, BlackBerry, Canadian Space Agency and Bell. BS|SysEng at UWaterloo. MEng at UToronto. LinkedIn

Experienced hardware design engineer for consumer and industrial products at Logitech, Flextronics, Tyco and Microchip. LinkedIn

True full-stack developer. Experience from assembly for multiple architectures, to big data systems, to web frontends. CS at UWindsor. LinkedIn

Quality assurance and automated testing for software, hardware and robotics systems. MEng|EE at UWindsor. LinkedIn

Ekumen Labs

Specialist in drone control systems, flight simulation, systems design and robotics. MS|EE Candidate at UBuenos Aires. LinkedIn

Egg Roll Studios

10+ years of experience developing UI/UX for mobile and web applications and gaming. LinkedIn 

Brent Kilbasco: VR Developer 

Tyler Matchett: VR Developer 

Pierre Chamberlain: UI/UX Tools Engineer 

Clyde Blakely: 3D Artist

  

Aevena Board Members 

Ash Munshi: A seasoned Silicon Valley executive at a number of industry giants such as Oracle, SGI, Applied Materials, MSC Software and Yahoo where he was the CTO. LinkedIn 

Antonio Rodriguez: Entrepreneur turned VC. Former CTO of HP consumer imaging and printing division. A lead investor in Oculus VR and MakerBot. LinkedIn

Aevena Board of Advisors 

  • Bharat Vasan: A consumer hardware veteran, Bharat is currently the President and COO of August the smart lock company. Formerly co-founder and COO of Basis (acquired by Intel). LinkedIn 
  • Mark Yim: Engineering professor at UPenn. Part of the famous GRASP Robotics group and head of the Modlab Research group. LinkedIn
  • Sanjeet Ahira: Product and Industrial designer and architect. Sanjeet held positions at world-renowned architecture firms, Autodesk, and Google focused on robotics. LinkedIn
  • Curt Bererton: Roboticist and successful entrepreneur, sold last company to Electronic Arts. PhD|Robotics at CMU. LinkedIn
  • Dan Feldman: An assistant professor at U of Haifa and a senior researcher at MIT specializing in adapting big data and computer vision. LinkedIn

Looking for the Aevena Homepage? Find it here.

Risks and challenges

Manufacturing: This is a complex product that has a number of unique design features, such as using fabric on a flying robot, and specialized calibration processes for the computer vision components, that are obviously not very common in manufacturing.

Computer vision: Getting the robot to be able to localize itself in space and map its environment in any type of indoor environment is a very challenging technical problem. Though we’ve made significant progress, there is still work to do be done to make sure it is robust and reliable enough for a consumer product.

Obstacle avoidance: Like computer vision, obstacle avoidance in indoor environments can be very complex to do in all environments. While we have a working prototype, we will be doing a significant amount of testing and iteration to make sure it’s robust enough for the shipping product.

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