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      Creator QFO Labs on November 13, 2012

      @Juan
      Yep, we are officially enacting "The Backup Plan". We plan on having a special offer for our Kickstarter Backers when we are ready to launch. Future details will come through our webpage and mailing list at QFOLabs.com

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      Creator QFO Labs on November 13, 2012

      @Jan
      Thanks for the feedback. We still have plans to tweak the look and colors of the NanoQ. We plan on getting suggestions and feedback from the subscribers to our mailing list. Be sure to sign up at QFOLabs.com so you can be part of the process.

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      Creator Jan de Vries on November 13, 2012

      While the looks of the controller is superb, the looks of the Qopter itself is poor ... Improvements on the looks will make the difefrence between succes and failure

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      Creator Juan Carlos Santana on November 11, 2012

      soooo.... Plan B?

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      Creator Chris Guerin on November 11, 2012

      As someone who enjoys RC, I am saddened at the likelihood that this might not get funded to its full potential.

      When this KickStarter finishes, will we still be able to buy one from a dedicated shop online? Or will this be the end of it all?

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      Creator Juan Carlos Santana on November 6, 2012

      How about a button or scrolling to increase or decrease the sensibility of the tilting during flight?

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      Creator Michael Pfister on November 6, 2012

      An article about Mimix has been posted on golem.de (German IT-News page) today:
      http://goo.gl/Y6OUi

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      Creator Michael Arquin on November 6, 2012

      man how this hasn't funded yet is beyond me. 6-12 months ago a project like this funds really quick. Something is funky with Kickstarter lately....maybe the election is getting everyone down!

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      Creator QFO Labs on November 2, 2012

      @J. Ervik, @Natanael
      With 11 days to go I think it's a little early to start that discussion. I encourage you to like us on Facebook (QFO Labs) and follow us on Twitter (@QFOLabs) which we are using now to reach out to our supporters and will continue to use after Kickstarter. In the meantime do whatever you can to encourage your friends to visit our project page!

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      Creator J. Ervik on November 2, 2012

      Will be still be able to purchase one from some other place even if this doesn't get funded?

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      Creator Natanael_L on November 1, 2012

      What happens if you fail to get funded? Will you restart the Kickstarter project or do it some other way?

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      Creator QFO Labs on October 29, 2012

      @Meinaart
      Thanks for the help! We do plan on offering the hacker package as an add-on after the Kickstarter.

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      Creator Meinaart van Straalen on October 26, 2012

      I submitted a post to Hackaday.com. I think this is a great project for the readers of that site, especially the Hackers' reward.

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      Creator Meinaart van Straalen on October 26, 2012

      I upped my offer as well, can't wait to try this thing out for real. Much more fun with 2 units then one ;). Hacker package sound cool as well but I can't justify the cost.

      Will the hacker package be available as an addon later on? (After Kickstarter project is successfully finished?).

      I really hope this project gets funded.

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      Creator Chris Robson on October 26, 2012

      I've just upped my Pledge to take advantage of your fine offer.

      Thanks

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      Creator Natanael_L on October 26, 2012

      What does that case look like? I want to see a couple of pictures of it

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      Creator Sean Carter on October 25, 2012

      I sent a tip to Engadget. While I like this purely from a consumer perspective and think the controller and copter design are noteworthy on their own, I think your project has greater legs from a media perspective with the developer options (dev community, included data port on copter, etc.) I can see something like this being very attractive for educators looking for a low-cost option for swarm robotics, for example. The more hackable the better. Hope you hear from someone!

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      Creator QFO Labs on October 24, 2012

      @Andrew
      I'm glad you found us. If we can catch some major blogs attention we can do this. We've still got 20 days left.

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      Creator andrew brennan on October 24, 2012

      I only ever look at the Tech and Games categories - if this hadn't been a project of the day, I'd never have known about it. Kicktraq isn't projecting success right now, though. :(

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      Creator QFO Labs on October 24, 2012

      @Todd
      Thanks for the support. We really want to get funded too. I'll put g4 tv on the list. I hope you've supported our media campaign!

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      Creator Todd Casta on October 24, 2012

      I really want this cool project funded, I'm emailing g4 tv and hopefully theu feature it on Attack of the Show

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      Creator Morghan Jolly on October 23, 2012

      I noticed that people seemed to snap up the $99 backing option, but are not backing the over $100 options nearly as fast. Would there be a way to offer more of the $99 dollar NanoQ copters? From what I have read, there is a slight mental block on spending money past a "threshold" (hence why items are often $9.99, $99.99, etc, it's under the next higher decimal point), and I think that could be a possible cause of the slowdown in backings.
      I'm sure all that has been considered already, but it's the trend I am seeing, so I thought I would ask about it.

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      Creator Juan Carlos Santana on October 23, 2012

      I've left gizmodo.com a couple of tips about this item, hopefully they will make some mention about it, but the more people do it the more likely it'll happen so if any one of you could also go along and do it too it would be great.... I really want for this to be fonded !! :D

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      Creator QFO Labs on October 23, 2012

      @Martin
      We wish we could offer a multi-pack reward but Kickstarter changed the rules on September 20th to limit rewards to single quantities for hardware and product design projects. However, we are allowed to work things out with individual backers. So, please see our FAQ "How do I get more than one?", we'll talk.

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      Creator Martin Rudat on October 23, 2012

      Have they changed the rules recently? I've signed up to quite a few projects (in the past) where the reward has been two (or more) of something; I just got my pair of blinkenlights from USB PlasmaTrim today... had I the money to spare, I could have pledged for a whole swag of them to build a 0.5ppi display.

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      Creator Juan Carlos Santana on October 23, 2012

      Maybe Gizmodo would be interested in doing an article

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      Creator QFO Labs on October 22, 2012

      @Greg
      We absolutely need to get some more attention to this project. As your probably know, it is very difficult to get covered on the major news/tech sites. If you have any contacts, please let us know-- we would love to talk to them!

      Also, messages directly from our backers carry a lot of weight with reporters and bloggers. Feel free to let everyone know about us.

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      Creator Greg Rudisel on October 22, 2012

      We need to try and have this project reviewed on more web sites or it will never be funded. Maybe some toy review web sites.

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      Creator Sean Carter on October 18, 2012

      Thanks for the response! If you need any testers in the Minneapolis area let me know. :)

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      Creator Juan Carlos Santana on October 18, 2012

      Could we get an extra battery if we increase our pledge?

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      Creator QFO Labs on October 18, 2012

      @Sean
      Good Question! The NanoQ automatically trims itself using feedback from the on-board sensors and data fusion algorithms. There is a "flat" reference surface on the front of the Mimix controller. When that surface is level to the ground, the craft will go level to the ground.

      We worked hard on getting all of the angles and curves in the controller just right so that was both comfortable and precise. For example, the "level" position is right in the middle of the full throw of your wrist so you can go backwards just as easily as forwards without cranking on it.

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      Creator Sean Carter on October 18, 2012

      Is there a trim adjustment on the controller? Or is "neutral" reset or otherwise determined with every power-on? My fear is eventually having to crank your wrist to achieve neutral during flight because of trim issues. Sorry if I missed this somewhere.

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      Creator Juan Carlos Santana on October 18, 2012

      Im not really interested much in the camera since to give it any actual use you'd have to add atleast a small screen to the remote which would be expensive... but isnt a smartphone camera less than 10 grams, atleast those cheap VGA ones they use for front camera.... maybe you can add a port on the top of the remote for future screen expansion or as an optional extra

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      Creator Michael Pfister on October 18, 2012

      A premium edition having GPS and the possibility of attaching a cam like the GoPro would be awesome :)

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      Creator Will Cosmo on October 17, 2012

      Please delay shipping me this as long as possible so that I can still get work done at the office... Just kidding. I can't wait for mine!! :)

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      Creator QFO Labs on October 15, 2012

      @Morghan
      You're in luck then. We use a frequency hopping 2.4GHz radio with pairs between the NanoQ and Mimix --fancy huh? It's designed to work around all the other noise in the spectrum (Wifi, bluetooth, your microwave, etc...) as well as let a whole bunch of NanoQ's fly in the same room.

      We do use IR, but only as our "Photon Cannons. They shoot out a team-coded signal so you know who shot you (and so you can't get hit by your own reflections).

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      Creator Morghan Jolly on October 15, 2012

      I'm quite excited about this project, as it looks really cool, and I quite like tiny quads. I do have to ask, what is the method of communicating between the NanoQ and the Mimix? I'm hoping it is something along the lines of 900mhz or 2.4ghz, and not IR controlled, as the range on IR is kinda... meh-ish.

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      Creator QFO Labs on October 15, 2012

      @Natanael_L
      That's on our road-map along with a whole bunch of cool things I think you'll be excited about. First we need to meet our goal and get the copters and controllers into production. Then we can get into the neat add-ons!

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      Creator QFO Labs on October 15, 2012

      @Daren
      A camera would be great! It needs to weigh less than 10 grams and be inexpensive enough for a toy. We haven’t found that yet but we’ll keep looking. When we do, as a backer you’ll be the first to hear about it or maybe you’ll tell us about it. -John (this is going into the FAQ too)

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      Creator QFO Labs on October 15, 2012

      @J. Ervik
      Great idea, I'm making one now and will post it in our next update.

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      Creator Daren Han on October 14, 2012

      Will there be a camera option in future? I hope there is some mirroring vision of what this craft can see on my iphone so that I can take a photo of it on my phone.

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      Creator J. Ervik on October 13, 2012

      Might I suggest that you make small avatar or profile pictures we could use here on Kickstarter to help promote this project?

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      Creator Natanael_L on October 13, 2012

      http://developer.android.com/guide/topics/connectivity/usb/index.html

      Can you pretty please develop an Android app with "Nunchuck support"? I have just bought an USB OTG adapter (for other purposes too, of course) and would be thrilled about having things like game status on my S3:s large screen while flying the thing. With WiFi Direct between the Androids too, you could create some pretty complex games and transfer lots of data at high speeds.

      If you added a positioning chip that you could plug in (GPS + Kinect style 3D scanning?) you could have complex maps and see where your friends are all the time.

      And it doesn't end there!

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      Creator QFO Labs on October 12, 2012

      @Sergei
      Thanks for your support! We spent lots of time refining the controller so we're glad you like it.
      a)The inverted props give an efficiency gains proportional to the amount of obstacles in the air column. We've found it varied between 10-20% depending on the frame and protection ring design. The inverted props also let us put the props right in the middle of the center of gravity for awesome control response.

      b)The prototype frames are 3-D printed (FDM-type), but the final frames will all be injection molded with ABS plastic. This will improves durability while lowering our assembly cost (we're trying for US assembly). The molded frames also let us do complex shapes not possible with carbon fiber. A lot of engineering time went into making sure the frames were lightweight, very strong, and easy to manufacture.

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      Creator QFO Labs on October 12, 2012

      @Natanael_L
      A 3-D stereo setup would be pretty sweet! But yes, pricey (and heavy).

      When were were starting the development we looked at using a smartphone as a controller. We played with some of the existing products that do and were disappointed. We found the latency was too high, the control was too inaccurate, and the smartphone doesn't fit your hand for this application. Those added together made the control too "mushy" in our opinion. That said, there's nothing stopping you from doing the nunchuck style connection you talked about!

      There is the potential for a future camera add-on. During our market surveys, we found a lot of people liked a camera as an option, but we also found that most people never used it more than once. The Aux port on the NanoQ could be used to power a small camera and/or control it via UART (using the command passthrough feature).

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      Creator sergei lupashin on October 12, 2012

      Hi! This looks cool, I especially like the innovative controller aspect. Just backed it :-)

      Two quick questions:
      a) Did you quantify efficiency gains from inverting the props?
      b) What are you making the frame out of? Is it 3D printed?

      Best of luck, hope this project makes it!

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      Creator Natanael_L on October 11, 2012

      Who else wants double HD cameras on it + Ocolus Rift + Augmented Reality on it?

      It would however probably *quadruple* the price (pun intended). :p

      But seriously, could you have a single camera as addon? And WiFi Direct support for it? (WiFi Direct is awesome as long as you can get the proper range.)

      I would also be able to use a smartphone as a controller for it if technically possible. I know it at least can be be done input wise (radio wise is a different beast unless you do a Wiimote+Nunchuck style solution with an USB OTG cable).

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      Creator TBD Toys on October 11, 2012

      @QFO Labs

      I seen how you cant have a tier for 2 copters, however you can have an add on. An example would be all pledges $99 and above add X amount of dollars to your pledge and you get an extra copter. A few of the projects I backed have done this since the rule change. Kerfluffles and Project Enternity have done it.

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      Creator QFO Labs on October 11, 2012

      @ Juan
      We actually played with that exact idea during development. We put a pressure sensitive pad in the grip that when released, caused the copter to go level. It turned out that it ended up confusing beginners and really wasn't necessary. Instead we designed the top surface of the Mimix to be a flat reference surface. When it's level to the ground, the helicopter goes level to the ground. After a couple minutes flying our testers were able to keep it in a steady hover almost subconsciously.

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