Zano: Zombie drone whirs back to life


A group of developers are trying to revive the drone Zano – one of Kickstarter’s most famous in the world of chess.

The handheld quadcopter has raised £2.3 m of more than 12 000 donors on the crowdfunding platform before the project imploded in 2015.

The resulting scandal prompted a probe that found fault with all parties involved.

The Zano Camera project is one of several initiatives presented during the CES expo that make use of the seizure of the goods of the failure of the campaigns of crowdfunding.

The person who leads the effort of Vernon Kerswell, chief executive officer of Extreme Fliers, based in London, micro drone manufacturer.

His company has paid slightly over £100,000 to buy the assets of Zano’s original developer – Swansea, Wales-headquartered the application of a Couple of Group after it collapsed.

“Zano was deeply flawed and there were a lot of problems with the software and the hardware, and this is ultimately why they have never delivered [in weight],” he told the BBC at the Las Vegas lounge.

“But a lot of the technology was very interesting and very much ahead of what else was there at the time.

“Drone companies, there would never be a risk to put proven technologies in their flagship products.

“But we can use it as a platform to test new ideas and build a group of passionate developers.”

The project consists of the open-source of the intellectual property involved in the Zano drone, so that fans from around the world to work together to fight against the fact that the limited number of units that has made the donor hands are now effectively “dead-alive”.

“There are around 1 000 units shipped, but they were replaced when the company went bankrupt because the server computer that they were dependent on the extinction,” explained Mr Kerswell.

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If it receives enough support for the not-for-profit venture, he believes that an application could be released as early as April that could download a new firmware to the drone via wi-fi. This would allow them to be controlled by their users, without the support of an external server.

If there is a request, Mr. Kerswell also suggested that other units could be manufactured.

But he said that changes to the hardware design would be required first.

The arms of the existing Zano drone, he explained, were too fragile sense of rotor blades, broken if they have had a minor collision.

A down-facing camera should also be added, he said, to make it possible for drones to fly on the spot.

In addition, he said that the different antennas, and infrared sensors would be needed to deliver the kind of range and obstacle-avoidance today, consumers should.

For the moment, the contractor is able to demonstrate one of the original units fly again at ces in the Eureka Park start-ups of the area, and it has launched a web site where he promises to allow the public to follow the progress.Second life

Another uav on show at ces has already been put on sale after the return from the dead.


Based in the united states Lily Robotics raised more than $34 million (£25.1 million) through its own website after the publication of a video on YouTube that showed his jet-and-go quadcopter – the Lily of the Camera navigation of its own flight path and to survive a dunk in the water.

However, the company was liquidated a year ago after he was told that he had failed to obtain additional funds from investors.

Its assets were subsequently acquired by another California firm, Mota, who published the Lily of the Next Generation of drones end of last year, but without the seal originally promised.

“We believe that the global brand awareness far outweigh the risks,” a spokesman said the continuation of Lily’s name.

“We launched… in October 2017, and it has been selling very well since.”

Stocking Of Technology

Stocking of Technology is also at the fair with a hi-tech “smart” motorcycle helmet on the basis of the work of the failure of a $ 2.4 million Indiegogo campaign.

The Stocking of Fenix AR promises the users a heads-up display, a blind spot of the camera and hands-free phone calls among other features.

The Atlanta, Georgia-based company in the to announce that the product should be ready to go on sale in the summer.

He promised to give a few units of distance to the original project, funders, even if he says that he has no legal obligation to do so.