Spiri, a hackable flying robot on Kickstarter now!

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Have you ever fancied your own programable flying robot? Well now here is your chance with the Spiri Kickstarter.

I remember when I was still just a wee boy and my main gadget was the original Nintendo Entertainment System, I watched a movie named ‘Batteries not included’ and thought how exciting it would be to have my own cute autonomous flying robot. Well now it is possible, and while Spiri isn’t of extraterrestrial origin, it does have a mind of its own and is rather cute.


A Canadian based start-up are behind the Spiri Kickstarter project, which combines the stability and manoeuvrability of a quad-copter with the ease of app programming to create your very own drone.

Spiri will be shipped with a powerful processor, motors and the skills it needs to fly and avoid obstacles, it will then be up to app designers and hackers to come up with jobs for Spiri to perform. Some possible aerial jobs include photograph and video, to even spotting land mines!

The project is live on Kickstarter now where you can learn more about the idea and pledge to back the team if you want to become a part of it.

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  • Paul

    OMG batteries not included! It’s one of my favorite!

    • http://www.gizchina.com Andi

      +1 ;)

    • Greeninja

      If only they could make it that cute

  • http://yash3339.wordpress.com yash3339

    Looking at the headline I first thought it was about Xiaomi’s own voice assistant.

  • Camaman

    As soon as this project kicks off china will make 3 versions of it at fair 1/4 price.
    I know it is supposed to be expensive R&D but a $520 price is very bad IMO

  • http://www.hellospiri.com Spiri

    Don’t worry @Paul batteries are included and so is an inductive charging perch ;)
    @Camaman we are constantly working to improve our product and reduce the costs for our users, promise!

    • http://www.gizchina.com Andi

      It’s a great project guys! Something I am really interested in! Good luck!