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A low cost drone for aerial photography.

eye3: An Affordable Flying Robot

eye3 is a project to create a professional quality yet affordable flying robotic camera platform, or Drone. Almost anyone attempting to build a platform like the eye3 will be stunned by the complexity involved and the years of hands on experience needed to create a functional, safe device. The incredibly steep learning curve combined with the high cost of failure has kept this powerful tool out of the hands of thousands of creative people.

We Can Make Aerial Photography Easy for You

My husband and I have been building, programming and flying these complex machines for many years, giving us the knowledge and experience to produce a high performance flying robot in a low cost kit that practically anyone can assemble. Cinematographers, journalists, scientists, hobbyists: eye3 has the power, stability, automation and precision you need to produce professional results.

World Class Autopilot

The eye3's inertial management and autopilot functions are handled by the incredibly compact yet powerful APM2. 

Future Proof

APM2 is an open source platform with a large, committed team of programmers; ensuring that this autopilot is constantly improving with added features. APM2 is certainly one of the most powerful flight controllers available today, but it is a very complex piece of hardware to ultilize and even small mistakes can be very costly or dangerous (this is true for every complex flight controller). We have spent the last 2 years testing, programming and flying these computers and we have the knowledge, configurations and programs you need to get in the air NOW. We've done all the work so you can start USING the eye3 (instead of crashing it).


High Quality Hardware Components

Nobody wants to place bystanders at risk - or take chances with expensive camera equipment because the components used were of generic or poor quality.  For eye3 we've opted for quality, safety and reliability in every component used.

The eye3 frame is made of high precision carbon and glass fiber construction weighing just 500g. The frame is extremely rigid and can take abuse. For safety, eye3 is a hexacopter configuration, allowing you to land if up to 2 rotors fail.

eye3 is Powerful: 

Motor selection is critical to both safety and performance, so we chose motors that use the best quality magnets, bearings and materials available. eye3 has gobs of power for heavier cameras like a 35mm dSLR, 16mm film and mounts.

Features:

  • Hexacopter - for redundancy, lifting power and safety 
  • Fully automated autopilot 
  • Rock solid auto-stabilization 
  • GPS 
  • Barometer 
  • Magnetometer 
  • 3 cpu 
  • Fully programmable and customizable computer 
  • SD slot for additional program memory 
  • Mission planning software with GMaps 
  • Multiple flying modes inc Failsafe and RTL 
  • Waypoint navigation 
  • Telemetry 
  • Multiaxis gimbal control 
  • Multiple additional I/O for your sensors and tools 

Additionally

  • Support for FPV 
  • Support for long range radio 
  • Support for wireless data link 
  • Support for Sonar 



Many more details coming! http://eye3.be

FAQ

  • Basic soldering skills for motor connections are all that is required. All electronics are preassembled for plugnplay connection.

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  • eye3 is a camera platform, you provide the camera.

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  • Basic: This kit comes with everything needed to fly BUT it only has an IMU (stabilizer) and no autopilot. This kit is for people who can already fly, already have a TX/RX and do not require an autopilot.

    Advanced: This kit contains the eye3, autopilot and a comprehensive set ofspares for field repairs. You must have your own TX/RX. ANYONE can fly this kit.

    PRO: Advanced kit plus extra batteries, fast multiport field charger and the awesome 14 channel Futaba TX/RX (lots of extra channels for controlling cameras, gimbals etc). Everything a pro needs with nothing else required. ANYONE can fly this kit.

    Please note we mistakenly put an older model number of the RX in the rewards. The correct model number is R6208SB

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  • An AUW (all up weight) ≤12lbs will be safely flyable. Camera Payloads up to 8lbs should be achievable. (Edited for clarity, thanks)

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    *eye3.be* STICKER (ahead of its time) AND OUR HEARTFELT THANKS. ;)

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    *eye3* ALUMINUM TRANSMITTER HARDCASE with locks and ultra cushy insides. Protect your sticks!

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    *eye3* BASIC HEXACOPTER KIT. HD AIRFRAME, HD MOTORS, HD ESC'S, IMU (stabilizer only, NO autopilot), 1 SET LIPO (6000mah WITH balancing charger), HOOK UP BOARDS, WIRE, HIGH CLEARANCE SKIDS, 6 PROPS and 6 SPARES. YOU provide TX/RX.

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    *eye3* ADVANCED HEXACOPTER KIT. BASIC KIT **PLUS**: FULL AUTOPILOT (GPS, MAG, BARO, TELEM, WAYPOINT NAV, GMAPS, SOFTWARE) *AND* PRO SPARES KIT (2xESC, 1xMOTOR, 12 PROPS, MISC). YOU provide TX/RX

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    *eye3* PRO RTF HEXACOPTER KIT. ADVANCED KIT *PLUS* FUTABA T8FG 14 CHANNEL TX, FUTABA R6008HS RX, 2 SETS LIPO BATTERIES (12,000mah), 4 PORT PRO CHARGING STATION, PRO SPARES KIT, TX HARDCASE

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