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LeveTop is an intelligent drone with a 20 minute flight time, compact portable frame, & 1080P stabilized camera for everyday adventure.
LeveTop is an intelligent drone with a 20 minute flight time, compact portable frame, & 1080P stabilized camera for everyday adventure.
1,208 backers pledged $208,997 to help bring this project to life.

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LeveTop: The Autonomous Folding Drone

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What is a prototype?

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

LeveTop’s compact frame makes it easy to carry wherever you go. Fun, easy, and lightweight, without sacrificing any of the high tech features you expect from your personal smart drone.

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LeveTop’s uses a digital camera with CMOS technology designed to capture crisp, clear, hands-free footage.

Stop taking blurry photos and capture everyday moments from a totally new, high quality perspective. LeveTop has a built-in 1080 stabilized camera with a 120° FOV for beautiful panorama shots and amazing memories with loved ones.

While the average cell phone uses a very small image sensor and lens at 1.0-1.2 micrometers, LeveTop uses binning technology to combine it's 2.0 pixel size to 4.0 micrometers!

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Edit and share your own aerial footage on YouTube or with friends on Facebook and Instagram instantly.

Now more than ever, we are connected to social media and love to share our travels, weekends, and everyday life events with our friends and family. With LeveTop, you can experience everyday moments using the highest quality camera of any drone out there, and then share your amazing photos and videos with others!

Once you have your shot, you can easily transfer images and videos straight to your smartphone with LeveTop's built-in wifi. Simply go to your Gallery, select your favorite photos, edit and share on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube instantly.

Your friends and family will want to know who your new partner in crime is.

With LeveTop you are free from the control stick and can still get the full bird’s eye view.

Can't get everyone in the group shot? No more asking a stranger to take your photo or having a friend take one for the team. LeveTop acts as your third arm, so you can capture hands-free footage in any setting.

Whether you’re at the beach, in the park, or simply walking around, LeveTop will hover precisely in place for still, crisp angles and views that don’t exclude anyone or anything in the background.

A user friendly app makes piloting so easy all you have to do is tap your phone screen once.

LeveTop’s iPhone & Android friendly app makes it easy to take off and land in one click. In fact, LeveTop’s precision positioning technology makes smart landing so smart, it’ll actually return to the same spot you took off.

In the case you come across an emergency, such as flying into a crowd, trees or buildings, simply click the Emergency button and all four propellers will stop. LeveTop will lose power and will safely return to the ground avoiding any damage.

Pilot your drone by simply tilting your smartphone.  

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Simply tilt left and watch LeveTop move left. Tilt right, and LeveTop will go right. How does it work you ask?

When you tilt your smartphone LeveTop collects instant vector data (including speed and direction) through it's onboard G-sensor. LeveTop receives this information via it’s specific WiFi frequency, the onboard computer will process it and then send orders to change the direction by changing the speed of each spinning propeller. LeveTop uses its Six-Axis Accelerometer+Three-Axis Gyro to balance itself the entire time.

Preset LeveTop to track and follow you autonomously using GPS and vision positioning.

You can pilot LeveTop conveniently and effortlessly anywhere you want to go. With our new GPS and vision precise positioning technology, LeveTop can follow whoever automatically. Preset the drone to keep you in the frame, then it will follow and track you autonomously. All you need to do is act naturally.

Define the area you want to fly in and LeveTop will stay in within it's boundaries. 

With Geo-fence technology, you can define the area in which you want to fly. LeveTop will stay in the boundary you've chosen, allowing everyone from beginners to experts to practice their piloting skills with confidence. 

Each of LeveTop’s four arms fold into its body for easy storage and portability no matter what the occasion. 

LeveTop evolved from the frustration that despite there being many small drones on the market, none of them combined all the fun features of a personal smart drone and were also easy to carry.

Either the drone is too big, the camera mount is exposed (making it delicate and vulnerable to damage), or the drone is too small and you’ve sacrificed all of the really awesome features for size.

LeveTop combines all the functions into one unique and lightweight folding frame, which allows you to carry it easily everywhere you go.

Place LeveTop inside its case for protection and attach it to your waist for one less thing to carry in your hands.

Protect your LeveTop from scratches and damage by opting to add it's carry case.

Because of its unique foldable design, LeveTop is much more portable than the smaller sized drones like Micro Drone and Kudrone. It's compact black & red carry case easily attaches to your waist so you keep your hands free and can cruise around in style.

Wherever you’re travelling to next or even a staycation spent around town locally, take LeveTop with you and don’t stress over the extra carrying hassle.

                          
                          

10+ years of experience in the field of drones. Specializes in wireless live streaming transmission and software development. Vice president of UAV Association.  

5+ years of experience in industrial and mechanical design. Does extensive research in configuring the general design of drones and aerodynamics. Has completed many successful consumer drone projects such as police drones, military drones, and rescue drones.

Practical experience in hardware systems. In charge of chips programming and debugging tests.

5+ years of experience in VI design and style design. A photographer in his spare time. 

3+ years of experience in software systems. Has done several programming, code, research and development projects. Specializes in software architecture and embedding real-time operating systems.  

Profound academic background with a focus on PR services/interpersonal coordination and expertise in relationship management.

Graduated from a professional radio communication and electronics engineering program. Majored in image transmission and signal detectors. Proficient in aerocraft controlling, design and development.  

3+ years of experience in social media. Working on LeveTop’s brand and project management. 

How does LeveTop react to wind or rain? 

LeveTop uses brushless motors so it’s much more powerful than regular drones. LeveTop is also designed symmetrically, which means it stabilizes much easier. All these together contribute to a better performance in wind. While LeveTop does work in light rain, it does not work in heavy rain.

What is the flight time for LeveTop? 

The average tested flight time for LeveTop is 20 minutes, but the actual time would depend on its specific environment and weather.

What happens if the battery runs out/ the GPS connection is lost? 

We have designed an early warning indicator when there is less than 3 minutes of remaining flight time. LeveTop can return safely when the GPS connection is lost, as its on-board computer stores the GPS coordinates where it took off.

Can I use a standard 2.4 GHz remote controller with LeveTop? 

We have considered this option, but it is still best to use the App controller for simplicity and portability. Our App is well built for operating anything you want LeveTop to do.

Can I swap batteries easily? 

Absolutely, open your LeveTop, unplug the empty battery, plug in the full one and you're back in flight.

Is it possible to purchase additional batteries with LeveTop? 

Yes! Add $26 to your pledge for an additional 20 minutes of flight time. Each battery is 1500mAh.

What differentiates LeveTop from the other drones? 

The current market is full of different kinds of drones, but most drones don't allow the average person to use and enjoy it. It's either too much trouble to carry, or the functions are as simple as a toddler's toy. The only solution is to innovate, and after two years of hard work, we finally created LeveTop, the best solution that balances portability and function. LeveTop is what a drone should be. We are committed to make LeveTop the portable, reliable, affordable and fun drone you finally deserve.

How long does it take to recharge the battery? 

Charging a battery should take about two hours using the bundled charger. You can also use a high-power RC battery charger and charge in just 15 minutes.

Where does it ship? 

LeveTop IS SHIPPING WORLDWIDE!

Does LeveTop support a live video stream? 

Yes, it does.

I’m interested in becoming a LeveTop distributor. What can I do? 

We've received dozens and dozens of inquiries about distribution opportunities, and we'd like to say how much we appreciate the interest! Please email us at business@levetop.com if you're a retailer interested in distribution. Thanks again!

What is the range on LeveTop? 

With a smartphone control the range is 100m. The camera module will be able to record videos to an onboard Micro SD memory card up to this distance. Live streaming to your smartphone can be made up to 100m.

How fast can LeveTop travel? 

Like any aircraft, LeveTop's maximum speed would depend on the forward airspeed. We use four brushless motors which are much more powerful than regular coreless motors. We'd estimate that to be around 33mph!

Where can I use it? 

Either indoor or outdoor is ok.

Why is LeveTop’s camera better than other drone cameras? 

The quality of a picture is determined mainly by each pixel size on image sensor chip. If the size of each pixel is big, the sensitivity of image sensor is high and noise of image signal is low. This means it can take a higher quality picture than a small pixel, even in a low light environment. Because of size limitations, cellphones usually use a very small image sensor and lens, approximately 1.0 - 1.2 micrometers, which is too small.

On the other hand, the size of each pixel in a professional SLR camera is 5 micrometers or bigger, hence why the picture is much better.

LeveTop uses a big image sensor, with each pixel size at 2.0 micrometers. We also use binning technology to combine 2*2 pixel to one pixel, so the new size of each pixel will become 4 micrometers! This way, LeveTop takes much better quality photos than any cellphone or any other regular drone.

Will there be a carrying case for LeveTop available for purchase? 

Yes, we designed a beautiful special pouch to carry LeveTop very conveniently just by attaching it to your waist.

*Add $15 to your pledge for LeveTop’s carry case!*

Risks and challenges

Our biggest risk & challenge is getting our backers to know and understand LeveTop. LeveTop is the first drone of its kind since it is not a toy drone, nor can it be compared to a DJI. We hope the Kickstarter community sees LeveTop as the portable, affordable, fun drone with all the high tech features as well.

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    -Add $15 to your pledge for LeveTop's carry case.

    -Add $26 to your pledge to fly longer with an extra battery!

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