Spiri and Astronaut Training
In a break from our usual posts about manufacturing and technical progress, we want to share these pictures of Spiri on a unique mission.
Last week, the European Space Agency... Read more
We're going to show you some of the work we've been doing on Spiri's machine vision, but first here is a quick update on production and shipping.
The last batch... Read more
Flip and Hover
We are adding more quality control to our assembly process, and will be doing another batch of robots this October once parts come in.
We are also working on an... Read more
We had a manufacturing related problem with the last batch of robots we were preparing. The wrong kind of bolt was used on a number of motors, causing them damage.... Read more
A quick update to let you know that the next batch of Spiris are going to ship around June 15. Some improvements to the robot include:
- elastomer holders for the... Read more
We've had some feedback from the group of university labs we sent the last small batch to. Aside from the wiring issue mentioned in the last update, there... Read more
Boxful of Spiris
We wanted to share a quick update about shipping and our process of correcting small manufacturing defects.
In this picture, the puppy of our Creative Director is curious about a... Read more
February, 2018 Shipments
We are on track, by the end of February, to ship 18 more Spiris. Looking at the recipients, 50% are going to university-based researchers, and the other 50% are going... Read more
When I logged on just now, I saw some Kickstarter stats: 14 million people have supported over 100 thousand projects, and there are 3 thousand active projects now. What an... Read more
We built and shipped a small batch of Spiris over the last few weeks, but we haven’t got as far into production as we hoped. Technically, we are... Read more
We have been locking down the installed firmware and software, and working on the assembly process since the last update. I’m happy to say, we got the camera... Read more
We have been reviewing the assembly process so we can reliably build Spiris on an assembly line, rather than in a laboratory. This is an exciting moment for us... Read more
Many a Safe Return
For this update, I want to show you a short video of Spiri (interior exposed) in a gentle landing. Credit for the close ground detection goes to the... Read more
In this update, I'm going to talk about the software installed on Spiri and about the different user interfaces available to you.
Flight Control Firmware
- 4-in-1 ESC – the... Read more
In this update, I'm going to talk about the work we've been doing over the past few months, and the choices we’ve made in order to begin shipping.... Read more
Happy holidays and happy New Year!
I will have a more substantive update later, but I want to let you know we are setting up our manufacturing arrangements, we have... Read more
UI and Shipping Update
We are still waiting for our order of the first 40 TX1s to arrive to begin assembling your Spiris. This, plus a change in the cameras, are the last critical... Read more
Prototype with TX1
Since our last update, we have two major pieces of news: the first is financial and the second is technical.
In financial news, we just closed a funding deal we... Read more
Development Model Ready
The development model prototype of Spiri is ready. It is going out to the highest tiers of Kickstarter backers, as well as a number of researchers collaborating with us at... Read more
We've started making Spiris to ship! We're beginning with the two highest priced tiers, to whom we'll be sending big Developer Spiri models. At first this will be slow-going, since... Read more
Parts and Shipping
Over the past couple of weeks, we've tested motors, propellers, and improvements to the electronics and main computer. Now we've settled on the bill of materials and we are getting... Read more
A batch of cameras is on its way, and we'll be able to make more Spiris and modify ones for local people who had them before the forward cameras were... Read more
February 28 Lab Video
I wanted to share a video from the lab. But first here's the latest news on shipping.
We've hit a setback on the schedule to produce the Spiris for the... Read more
Spiri at CES, follow-up
Our Spiri was mentioned on Bloomberg TV as one of the three most interesting drones at CES this year. Follow the link to see the report (which also covers the... Read more
Spiri at CES
Happy holidays, happy end of exams, happy end of marking exams, whatever you are celebrating, I hope it is happy!
We have a few things coming up I wanted to... Read more
Testing and Tuning
We're testing all aspects of the flight controllers. It's nice to hear the whirring of motors and the purring of the propellers in the lab again. Once we're satisfied that... Read more
We have a batch of working electronics in our lab at last, and our manufacturing partner is ready to start printing up more, once we go through a... Read more
Spiri Nearing Completion
This is what Spiri looks like now. The two holes beneath the face are where the twin 1080p stereo vision cameras are. The propellers are bigger, and so are the... Read more
One Year Later
I can't believe how quickly a year has gone by since you succeeded in funding our Spiri project! It was such an amazing moment when that happened, and we got... Read more
We made some changes to the motors and rotors, and to the battery pack as well, and we're now estimating slightly more flight time (up to twelve minutes) but considerably... Read more
Spiri Simulator Support
We've started a webpage to provide help, tutorials, and examples on using the Spiri simulator. It is here:
Spiri Simulator on Ubuntu Linux
We have a Linux release for the simulator for Spiri! You can make Spiri fly by using a controller, or your keyboard, or by executing scripts, all described below. You... Read more
We've added stereoscopic vision to Spiri. I wanted to show you two demonstrations of it, one in the simulator, and one in the real world.
In the image above, the... Read more
We're making a simulator you can use to test Spiri scripts and programs. It will be part of the software development kit, and free for anyone to use.
Spiri at Montreal Maker Faire Pt. 1
We're setting up to show a couple of Spiri apps that we built in house, as demonstrations, for the Montreal Maker Faire. If you happen to be in Montreal this... Read more
Curv and Progress Update
We have a great candidate material to use for our protective ribbons. Curv (see http://curvonline.com) is a polypropylene composite that is similar in strength to carbon fibre, but less stiff,... Read more
PCB and Materials Changes
As we've been integrating devices onto the boards and demanding more from our motor drivers, we ran into several problems on the main board. So these past weeks, we have... Read more
Issues and Continuing Work
We're making progress, though at this point we may be one or two hardware revisions from the version that will be ready to send to those of you who backed... Read more
We've been assembling Spiris. This is not quite the final version of Spiri, but it is one we hope will test out well enough for a few of you who... Read more
We're tuning the many control systems on Spiri. Here's a shot of a lab model Spiri all strung up.
We're at the point where we can begin sharing our API in progress. I'm posting a separate update for backers who chose any of the development kit options with the... Read more
Let me start by thanking you all again for your support. The past couple of months have been a real slog on the technical front. There is a lot of... Read more
Hardware Integration Update
Over the past weeks we've been continuing to integrate sensors and add low-level software to Spiri. We've also gotten to the point where we can test some of the wireless... Read more
New Year, Lots to Do
I know we're already two weeks in, but Happy New Year to all of you! Sometimes I forget that time is passing outside the lab.
Let's start with news that... Read more
There are a few new people working with us at the Aviary.
Scott, an electrical engineer, is working on the motor drivers and main board. Thanks to him, as of... Read more
Search and Rescue
Hi everyone! We shot a one-minute video of Spiri as an illustration of how someone might use an autonomous flying robot in search and rescue situations. Lucky for us, our... Read more
This is a post about your t-shirt and tote bag rewards. We have them and are beginning to send them out! I took a picture of the box of them:... Read more
In the last update, I mentioned a music response demo we did. Just for kicks, here is a very short video we shot on a cell phone before going on... Read more
Mechanical Improvements, October Rewards
Since the last update, we've been testing Spiri in the lab, comparing notes with researchers who have been getting involved, and trying new things.
But first, I want to let... Read more
Before getting into today's update, there's an article about Spiri in Vice Magazine! Now, just for the record, we love the DIY Drones group and the many programming projects around... Read more
Optical Flow Camera
Since the conclusion of our Kickstarter campaign, we have gathered up your pledges (thank you again!) and begun hiring more engineers and ordering components.
We had some trouble with our... Read more
Let's Make Spiris
Hi everyone, thanks again for your support. At final count, we had 382 backers contributing $140,623—a great result for us. We've got a lot of work to do, and it... Read more
A few moments ago, thanks to our 325 (and counting!) backers, Spiri met its Kickstarter goal. Thanks so much, all of us in the Aviary are thrilled!
We still have... Read more
Form and Function
At the latest count, we have 290 backers, and collectively you have pledged $103,871. We crossed the six-figures line today! That's an incredible vote of confidence, and puts us very... Read more
Before getting into this video update, here's a word on our funding progress. We're now more than 70% of the way to our goal. Since the start of September, we've... Read more
9 Hours, 7 Days to Go
In just nine hours, we will begin the final week of our Kickstarter campaign. We set an ambitious funding target, and we've seen a great response so far: at this... Read more
25 of Your App Ideas
We're a bit more than halfway through our Kickstarter campaign, and many of you have written to us to ask questions and to talk about apps you are considering or... Read more
Software Engineer, Nick Othieno talks about the software decisions behind Spiri. Take a look and ask us questions!
Today we crossed the $50,000 mark in our campaign. That's great news! Thanks so much for all your support to date. We're almost halfway there.
In this video, Amanda Levin... Read more
A Few New Rewards
We've added a few new rewards for our backers. At the high end, backers can now gain access to development assistance in creating their own apps. We've also created a... Read more
Controlled Flight, Tuning
We have made improvements to Spiri's flight stability while under human control. The same benefits will apply when Spiri flies autonomously.
After a previous adjustment to the size of the... Read more
As of this posting, we have 111 backers, and almost 25% of our funding goal met. What a great first week!
The 3D time-of-flight camera on Spiri is one of... Read more
Thanks again for all the support! We've loved hearing your questions and suggestions and ideas for Spiri. Many of you have expressed interest in the batteries and charging perch. Here... Read more
Just three days in, 69 of you have pledged almost 17 thousand dollars. Thanks so much! This is a great start, and at this rate we're well on the way... Read more
Thanks for the support!
Hi there early backers. Thanks so much for your interest and support. We are so excited to be able to make Spiri for you. Look, here we are testing updated... Read more