U-Drone: How much you can get away with inflating your product on Kickstarters

It’s so easy to get on Kickstarter these days, and companies compete for attention and quick funding with promises. When we saw a drone advertising its “mind control” capability we couldn’t help but trying to get one for a test.

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The Udrone is not a bad tiny drone. The control is accurate when you fly it via an app on your phone. It’s light and small. The camera quality is ok for the price point. But, a mind control drone it is most definitely not.

It also comes with a lot of gimmicks like facial recognitions that doesn’t really work either.

The company said via the headband would reads the pilot’s brain waves and brain electrical activity. The headband also tracks facial movements and then converts all of these inputs into instructions that control the drone’s flight.

The drone would take off when the user think hard enough about taking off.

So we put that to test. The drone more or less takes off and lands at random. Blinking and tilting sort of works, but it has little to do with “mind reading.”

Currently, the product is off Kickstarter. The company move the campaign to Indiegogo. It made us think just how much you can get away with inflating your product especially with drones.

A good drone is not easy to make cheap. It takes tremendous amount of work in a variety of fields including signal, software, cameras, gimbals and more hardware.

The U-Drone doesn’t seem to have that. However, for the price point it is still a decent drone, but it certainly doesn’t work with the mind reading.