Startup LeshTronix Drone Systems uses drone technology to take the selfie stick to a new level with PhoneQuad.
The company recently announced the conceptual launch of PhoneQuad, a floating phone case that, once developed with proprietary drone hardware and software, allows users to take photos hands-free while PhoneQuad stays in the air. The quad rotor design pushes the air down and lifts the PhoneQuad. Users let go of the case and it hovers in stable flight. PhoneQuad has also filed several design and utility models.
While PhoneQuad is not designed to act like a flying drone, it instead serves as a kind of floating selfie stick that is compatible with iPhone and Android smartphones. Using speech recognition software, PhoneQuad can perform verbal commands using microphone-equipped earbuds over Bluetooth.
“I first came up with the idea for PhoneQuad when my dad developed arthritis and couldn’t use his iPhone comfortably,” said Neil Lesher, CEO and founder of LeshTronix. “When my dad got frustrated, I thought about how great it would be if he could make a hands-free, floating FaceTime call with my kids. And that’s how PhoneQuad was born and I quickly realized how many use cases there could be. “
Lesher envisions a product that gives families, friends and party-goers of all kinds the time to set up and stage the perfect picture, video or video call to create a new level of personal interaction.
“In my family photo collection, I’m not in a lot of pictures because I’m usually the person taking the pictures,” joked Lesher. “With PhoneQuad, this is no longer necessary. Users can position PhoneQuad at any height or background they want and use voice commands to zoom, start and stop videos, or take photos.
LeshTronix is working with the xCraft.io engineering team to develop the hardware and software prototype. Lesher and the company are currently looking for seed capital to advance prototype development. Since the advent of consumer / commercial drone technology over the past decade, VC investment in unmanned aerial systems has been booming.
“We saw big companies like Amazon, Google and Intel investing heavily in drone technology,” said Lesher. “This level of investment has really caught the attention of the VC community and I believe PhoneQuad will generate a lot of buzz, which will translate into a robust round of funding.”
“We are extremely excited to be among the pioneers in the drone sector and to change the way the world views, uses and uses autonomous technology in a variety of ways,” said Lesher. “With PhoneQuad, the global smartphone user community can truly let go of their phones for an immersive and literally hands-free conversation, picture and video experience.”
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