A project in Halifax, Canada by Patrick Edwards-Daugherty

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Meet Spiri, the programmable, autonomous flying robot. Designed for you and your projects.
Backers: 382
Average Pledge Per Backer: $368

Funded: $140,623 of $125,000
Dates: Aug 13th -> Sep 12th (30 days)
Project By: Patrick Edwards-Daugherty
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Latest News

Goal Met!

September 8th - via:
A few moments ago, thanks to our 325 (and counting!) backers, Spiri met its Kickstarter goal. Thanks so much, all of us in the Aviary are thrilled! We still have a couple of days to go, and there is time for more people to join you in backing the... (Read More)

Form and Function

September 8th - via:
At the latest count, we have 290 backers, and collectively you have pledged $103,871. We crossed the six-figures line today! That's an incredible vote of confidence, and puts us very close to our goal of $125,000. We have 3 days left in our campaign.... (Read More)

Autonomous Video-Making

September 5th - via:
Before getting into this video update, here's a word on our funding progress. We're now more than 70% of the way to our goal. Since the start of September, we've noticed an uptick in interest as word gets around and as people who have been waiting to... (Read More)

9 Hours, 7 Days to Go

September 3rd - via:
In just nine hours, we will begin the final week of our Kickstarter campaign. We set an ambitious funding target, and we've seen a great response so far: at this count, 255 backers and more than $75,000 committed. We've fielded lots of questions, and... (Read More)

25 of Your App Ideas

August 30th - via:
We're a bit more than halfway through our Kickstarter campaign, and many of you have written to us to ask questions and to talk about apps you are considering or would like to see. Here are a few of your app ideas, all of which are very exciting!... (Read More)

Open-Source Drone Hits Kickstarter

August 29th - via:
A new Kickstarter is aiming to create a programable, flying robot called Spiri, which can be engineered to perform a wide variety of functions. (Read More)

Spiri's Software

August 27th - via:
Software Engineer, Nick Othieno talks about the software decisions behind Spiri.  Take a look and ask us questions!  (Read More)

Kickstarter Weekly 5 - August 27th

August 27th - via:
For our fifth installment of the Kickstarter Weekly 5 we have found five new projects that you will once again hopefully find interesting and useful. (Read More)

Urban Spiri

August 25th - via:
Today we crossed the $50,000 mark in our campaign. That's great news! Thanks so much for all your support to date. We're almost halfway there. In this video, Amanda Levin discusses crowd-sourcing data for urban uses of Spiri.  (Read More)

Terraforming Robotics: From Fast Food Funding To The Long Game

August 25th - via:
On August 13, 2013, a programmable flying robot called Spiri was launched by a Canadian start up called Pleiades via yet another Kickstarter campaign. The project - a programmable drone (or more socially palatable term, ’robot’), which will sell for about $600 USD, is raising funds to improve its technology and hardware, and of course, go mass market. (Read More)


August 24th - via:
Spiri researcher & developer Chris Wainwright discusses the rotors for Spiri.  (Read More)

A Few New Rewards

August 22nd - via:
We've added a few new rewards for our backers. At the high end, backers can now gain access to development assistance in creating their own apps. We've also created a reward geared towards educational backers, people who want to see Spiri used as a... (Read More)

Controlled Flight, Tuning

August 21st - via:
We have made improvements to Spiri's flight stability while under human control. The same benefits will apply when Spiri flies autonomously. After a previous adjustment to the size of the foam block that isolates Spiri's accelerometer from frame... (Read More)

Range-Finding Camera

August 20th - via:
As of this posting, we have 111 backers, and almost 25% of our funding goal met. What a great first week! The 3D time-of-flight camera on Spiri is one of its most outstanding features. Here's a video shot entirely with it.  (Read More)


August 17th - via:
Thanks again for all the support! We've loved hearing your questions and suggestions and ideas for Spiri.  Many of you have expressed interest in the batteries and charging perch. Here is Spiri Engineer Irenee Jantz-Lee talking a little bit about... (Read More)

Press Round-Up

August 16th - via:
Just three days in, 69 of you have pledged almost 17 thousand dollars. Thanks so much! This is a great start, and at this rate we're well on the way to reaching our goal. We have also been getting some great press, and wanted to share it with you. In... (Read More)

Meet Spiri: Hackable Autonomous Drone and Platform

August 15th - via:
Spiri launched today on Kickstarter with a very strong entry into the world of programmable, hackable drones. (Read More)

Spiri kickstarter takes care of safety issues

August 15th - via:
It's great to see people taking safety into consideration with these flying lawn mowers. Not only is there physical safety with the carbon fibre prop ribbons but the developers intend to take care of safe autonomous flight. (Read More)

Spiri: Quadrocopter für autonome, programmierbare und intelligente Flüge

August 15th - via:
Noch eine Hightech-Spielzeugdrohne? Es wird langsam langweilig! Ach, was! Spiri möchte zeigen, dass in einem kleinen Flieger weit mehr stecken kann als nur simpler Spaß für große und kleine Hobbypiloten. Dank offener Plattform und einiger cleverer Ansätze soll hier eine große, kreative Community rund um ein Stück Hardware entstehen. (Read More)

Spiri is a flying robotic development platform for your dreams of global domination

August 15th - via:
If your human friends are unwilling to join you on your adventures, the programmable Spiri might be right up your alley. (Read More)

Spiri Is A Programmable Quadcopter That Lets Developers Focus On Building Airborne Apps

August 14th - via:
If you’re hankering to hurry up a Half Life-style future of eye-in-the-sky scanners keeping tabs on the comings and goings of human meat-bags you’re going to need a decent quadcopter to carry your dystopic dreams. Enter Spiri, a programmable quadcopter that’s been designed as a platform for airborne app creation. (Read More)

Autonomous, beautiful Spiri quadrotor drone hits Kickstarter

August 14th - via:
You say quadcopter, I say quadrotor, let's just agree that under no circumstances is it quadrocopter. Whatever they're called, here's another one. It's called Spiri, it's designed to be rather more fun than your average drone, and is designed to be both programmable and capable of running downloaded apps. (Read More)

Kickstarter:- Spiri Quadrocopter

August 14th - via:
Spiri is a versatile, airborne Linux device with sensors, cameras, wifi, cloud support, development tools and more. Our design builds on four principles: (1) Spiri as a platform for creation and development, (2) Spiri as a well-balanced and sensitive physical machine, (3) Spiri as an autonomous and social creature, and (4) Spiri as a way to bring people together. (Read More)

Flying-robot developer plans spring launch of Spiri

August 14th - via:
The people behind Spiri — which is poised to become one of the cutest-looking, pint-sized drones available — already have an awesome backstory for the development of their product. (Read More)

Thanks for the support!

August 13th - via:
Hi there early backers. Thanks so much for your interest and support. We are so excited to be able to make Spiri for you. Look, here we are testing updated stability parameters in our flight lab.  (Read More)

Crowdfunding robot roundup

August 13th - via:
It’s a slow week for the crowdfunded robot with only one new project I could find, but it is a pretty and well thought out one. So this week’s only entry is, Spiri, the programmable, autonomous flying robot. (Read More)

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