Years from now, a group of very hip friends will be chilling on a stoop and musing about the technology of yore.
“Can you believe they used to take selfies with a stick?” Y Æ B-26, future daughter of X Æ A-12 Musk, says.
Meanwhile, a swarm of tiny, flying drones zooms around the group snapping ‘Grammable pictures the entire time.
Judging by AirSelfie’s recent crowd-funding campaign launch, that’s the future the company is trying to create (plus or minus the unpronounceable celebrity names).
Last week, the Minneapolis-based startup kicked off a campaign on Wefunder. This is far from the first crowd funding march for the company; it has raised more than $2 million on sites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo previously. Unlike those platforms, however, Wefunder allows backers to invest in a product — not just donate to one.
At the time of this writing, the campaign has raised $107,534, a sizable eclipse of its $50,000 minimum goal but still a fair distance from its ultimate goal of just over $1 million. Investors can get in on the “pocket-sized, HD aerial camera” action with a minimum investment of $500 through the site.
We at tech.mn actually were able to see AirSelfie’s AIR PIX product in action at a WeWork Labs demo back when it was safe to, you know, do anything. While we weren’t able to go hands-on, if the interface is simple enough for anyone to quickly grok without too many technical hurdles and if operation is very snappy (almost as snappy as snapping a snappy photo), it seems like a good schtick. The $8 million and 50,000 units in shipment and orders touted by the company so far certainly bode well. We’ll be keeping a none-drone eye on this one.