Aire - World's First Self-Flying Drone for The Home (Canceled)
Aire - World's First Self-Flying Drone for The Home (Canceled)
Look after your entire home from anywhere. No more blind spots. IFTTT integration. Control with Alexa.
Look after your entire home from anywhere. No more blind spots. IFTTT integration. Control with Alexa. Read more
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.
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.
- 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.
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
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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?
- Did you know? 99% of home alarms triggered are false alarms. Video verification could lead to 10x faster police response. Alarm Verified Response Protocol
- 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?"
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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!
Built on Cutting-edge Technology
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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)
- Flight Time — Min 8 minutes (we are working on getting more)
- Default Flight Speed - 1m/s
- Charge Time — 30 minutes from empty
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.
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.
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
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
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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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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