Many Crowfunding sites have helped grow a business and they've been used to fund many things, but this sure has to be one of the coolest. Spiri is a flying robot that is described as a "versatile, airborne Linux device with sensors, cameras, wifi, cloud support, development tools and more" and it's designed to be customisable.
Spiri has native flight reflexes so no programming or coding is needed to get it going. Programmers can start experimenting and developing as soon as they get a Spiri. Programmers will be able to add many functions to the device.
Creator Patrick Edwards-Daugherty said:
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 runs on Ubuntu Linux with Robot Operating System, has a 1GB processor, 4GB of RAM memory, a three-axis accelerometer, and comes fitted with reinforced carbon fiber bumpers in case of a crash.
As of this post going live Spiri has raised over $55,000 but needs $125,000 to be successful with 12 days to go.