|Spiri Poster by Gillian Goerz|
Spiri is a versatile, airborne Linux device with sensors, cameras, wifi, cloud support, development tools and more.
Spiri's creator Patrick Edwards-Daugherty is currently trying to raise funds for the project via a Kickstarter campaign. He explains that the design was built on 4 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.
"Our intent is to help you evolve Spiri based on your own passions, objectives, and imagination. Spiri can be a courier, a rescuer, a spelunker, a cartographer, a playmate, a gardener, an inspector, a reporter, a teammate, a wanderer, anything."
Spiri has native flight reflexes so that programmers can go straight to experimenting and developing projects with Spiri, outfitting the drone with a wide variety of functions, without worrying about te flight code.
Spiri's main chip, which runs Ubuntu Linux with ROS (Robot Operating System), can run a variety of programs using its 1 GB processor, 4 GB memory, and three-axis accelerometer. The ribbons protecting the propellors and device are made of carbon fiber so they are light yet durable.
Currently, a pledge of $575 will get you one of these with an estimated delivery date of April 2014.