Flying robot can patrol homes autonomously while users are away

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This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding.

Drones are quickly deployable, discreet and autonomous, making them ideal for providing personal security, such as an ‘on-demand’ street light and as part of an external home security system, and now there’s a robot that can fly itself around the home to keep a lookout for users. Aire, by Aevena, is not a traditional drone (in fact the developers are not keen on that description, preferring ‘personal robot’); there’s no quadcopter-style blades visible. It resembles a Chinese lantern, with a soft outer shell and a flight system powered by a hidden ‘ducted blade’ that runs far more quietly than traditional…

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