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Capturing amazing aerial shots has never been easier. Just draw where you want to fly on your mobile device.
Capturing amazing aerial shots has never been easier. Just draw where you want to fly on your mobile device.
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Our drone gets rid of the complicated controllers. Just draw and tap. Ares does the rest. 

Android will be supported in time for product shipment.

For closed captions and dutch subtitles see video on our website: http://www.aresdrones.com

Note: The app is currently working and in the hands of testers, we expect beta testing expansion by end of spring. 

Flying a drone has never been easier and capturing aerial content has never been more fun.

Ares makes it easier than any drone on the market to fly and capture high resolution aerial photos and video. In just three easy steps, you can plan your flight and launch Ares. 

Once you press the launch button in the app, the drone will follow your drawn flight path and capture high resolution photos or video. While the drone is landing itself, the app will automatically download the content you just captured (Ares HD & 4K only). Then, take the content and share it anywhere, all from one device.

 Camera Specs:

Our cameras are based on the Qualcomm Dragonboard SOC with Sony sensors. 

Ares 4K:

  • Sony IMX135
  • 4K up to 30fps
  • 1080 up to 30fps
  • 720 up to 120 fps
  • 2k up to 23fps in HDR mode
  • High bitrate in H.264 
  • RAW and JPEG for stills

Communication:

Our drones communicate with your iOS device using a bridge that converts wifi to 900mhz (415mhz in europe) for command and control. The Ares HD and 4k will have a higher frequency radio, in addition, for streaming video. This will give the Ares System a much longer range, up to or over 1 mile. Video transfer will happen via Wifi when the drone returns to wifi range.  

Ares One Prototype 2
Ares One Prototype 2
Ares One Prototype 2
Ares One Prototype 2
Our third prototype - Design being finalized
Our third prototype - Design being finalized

At Ares, we take safety very seriously.  Since our drones are driven by an app, we can visualize nearby flight restrictions right on the map.  This gives users the ability to make more informed flight decisions even before they take off.  If a flight path is accidentally drawn through a no-fly zone, the app will alert you.  Our app also keeps an eye on the weather by providing recommendations based on current wind speed and other factors.

The best part is that as regulations evolve, we will just push an update to make sure you have the most current information.

An example of a no-fly zone visualized on the map.
An example of a no-fly zone visualized on the map.

 In Flight Controls

Ares will come with emergency return to home and emergency land buttons. If you lose site of your drone you will be able to make it immediately return to home. Alternatively if there is an issue with your flight path for any reason you will be able to send the drone into a self guided landing sequence, you will guide the landing location through the use of onscreen buttons. 

The Ares Team: Ben Brautigam, Sherwyn Saul, Justin M Miller
The Ares Team: Ben Brautigam, Sherwyn Saul, Justin M Miller

We have over 20 years of experience in software development, product development, and interface design.  Sherwyn is the code mastermind, Justin makes sure our drones actually fly, and Ben wraps a user interface around it all.

The following video was an app test with our very first prototype. The drone is under complete control from the app, movements like these are extremely difficult to do with a manual controller. 

We take every pledge seriously, and in return, we will pledge our commitment to every backer. We commit to providing continuous communication. Through monthly updates and regular online forums, we will provide short presentations on progress. This is also a time for us to gather valuable feedback and answer your questions. We are also staggering the release of our models to help ensure a timely delivery.  Our commitment is to treat each and every backer not as a customer, but as a partner.

Risks and challenges

The biggest hurdle for Ares is timing. We have been moving at an extremely fast pace and are confident that we can continue to do so. However, sometimes the unexpected can happen, and challenges will arise. The largest challenge will be maintaining our rigorous delivery schedule.

When faced with obstacles we will do what we do best: communicate and problem-solve. We will keep our backers up-to-date every step of the way and maintain an upfront and honest line of communication.

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    WALL OF FAME. Thank you for helping us make Ares a reality. We've got a page on our website with your name on it..literally.

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    THE SWAG TIER. As an honored backer, you'll not only have a spot on our wall of fame, but an epic Ares Drones t-shirt as well.

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    THE AVIATOR. As an Ares Aviator you'll have a spot on our wall of fame, an Ares branded t-shirt, and a pair of Ares customized Aviator sunglasses. No pilot should be without a quality pair of polarized aviators...no really, staring at the sun can damage your eyes.

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    ARES ADVISOR. As an Ares Advisor we will set you up with an individual video conference with the Ares founders. We want to hear your ideas regarding drone design, feature requests, new products...everything.

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    ARES ONE (for GoPro Owners). Already own a GoPro and want to use the Ares Drone and app, with this reward you will get an AresOne complete with gimbal, attach your GoPro and it's ready to fly. (requires iPhone or iPad)
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    ARES ONE WITH GOPRO. With this reward you will get an Ares One complete with GoPro HERO3 White Edition camera and gimbal. Everything you need to fly right out of the box! (requires iPhone or iPad)
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    ARES HD. With this reward you will get an Ares HD ready to fly and record High Definition content right out of the box! This Ares Drone comes complete with an integrated camera with stabilization. This drone will also work with future Ares Pro apps. (requires iPhone or iPad)

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    ARES HD. With this reward you will get an Ares HD ready to fly and record right out of the box! This Ares Drone comes complete with an integrated and stabilized HD camera. This drone will work with future Ares pro apps.
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    ARES 4K. With this reward you will get an Ares 4K ready to fly and capture 4K footage right out of the box! This Ares Drone comes complete with integrated and stabilized 4K camera. This drone will work with future Ares Pro apps.
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    ARES 4K. With this reward you will get an Ares 4K ready to fly and capture 4K footage right out of the box! This Ares Drone comes complete with integrated and stabilized 4K camera. This drone will work with future Ares Pro apps.
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    THE ULTIMATE FILMMAKER. This reward is for the ultimate filmmaker who just cannot wait to start shooting amazing content. With this reward tier you get an Ares One and an Ares 4K when they become available, both at our Kickstarter prices!
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    ARES BETA TESTER. Be the first to own an Ares Drone. This reward will come complete with a beta version Ares One, gimbal, GoPro, and iPad Mini with the Ares app pre-installed. We will work with you as you fly to gather feedback and recommendations. As a token of our appreciation we will ship you a production-level Ares One when they become available.

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