Eye3 is a Kickstarter project started by a couple to create a flying robot to use on aerial photography. The product is a DSLR helicopter that boasts a professional platform quality with an affordable set-up. The helicopter runs in autopilot using APM2, an open source platform and considered a powerful flight controller to date. eye3 also uses Google Maps for navigation, and can carry a load weighing from 5 to 10 pounds.
The helicopter features GPS, barometers and magnetometer, which are some basics in flight control. It has 3 CPUs to power its internal computer, a SD Slot for the memory and software for the GMaps. This Kickstarter project boasts stability and reliability with its high-quality hardware components. For example, the frame of the helicopter consists of carbon and glass fiber weighing 500g, and each tentacle carries a 350-watt motor. Users need not worry of hurting anyone or smashing the cameras attached to the helicopter since its creators assures the project is durable and reliable. In fact, they said that the helicopter can land even when two of its rotors are not working.
There is no purchase price for the Eye3 DSLR helicopter. Instead, the project creators ask for a pledge, with an estimated delivery date of April, 2012. Thus, a $999 or more pledge will give a basic kit, a $1499 or more will give an advanced kit and a $2499 or more pledge will give a pro kit. See the video below for demo.