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New Hexcopter Makes Filming Solo Sports a ‘Solo Project’

By Ryan Filgas on June 19th 2014

Beyond A Quadcopter

Kickstarter projects have been able to solve a number of issues in every area of invention and innovation. Peak Design is one example that comes to mind with their line of re-designed camera clips and accessories. They let you carry a camera on any strap, be it a belt buckle or a backpack, and in the case of a Go-Pro camera, you can mount that in the same places to take footage anywhere including the handlebars or rear of a bike, but what if you could have it follow behind you without a pilot?

[REWIND: DJI PHANTOM USED TO CAPTURE VIDEO OF ACTIVE VOLCANO]

A new kickstarter project aims to do just that. Introducing Hexo+, Xavier De Le Rue shares this new system:

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This is an incredible way to take sports videography to a new level, though it seems to promote not using a photographer. Innovation has benefited consumers while being detrimental to the photography industry in some respects, but I wouldn’t feel threatened and here’s why: creativity. No matter what is invented, the human mind’s capacity to create can never be reached by a computer. While I’m sure some programmers or theorists will reply to that statement with “challenge accepted,” the fact remains that the human experience in itself is unique, and that alone leads to a plethora of individualized photography styles that form themselves from a series of mistakes and happenings for each individual.

On the upper tier of their Kickstarter, at the $500k mark is a “Director’s Toolkit” that allows you to drag and drop different scenarios to run themselves while filming such as panning, tilting, revolving etc. in order to provide more than a straight forward “run and gun” strategy to filming, which as a feature has the potential to put this back in the hands of an experienced videographer. Fortunately, this goal has already been achieved.

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We live in a new world where innovation is booming, and overall, it’s only pushing the industry to a higher level. Our old “best” isn’t good enough anymore, so while it may cause some photographers to fear losing work, those who innovate and adapt will survive. I could see this Kickstarter project as being a catch-all-save-all for photographs that would never have been possible, and I’ll be glad to see the resulting footage. Sure, this new system could be adapted for “evil” purposes, but that’s always a risk with new technologies. What are your thoughts on this?

You can find more about the project on their website here.

-Ryan

About

Ryan Filgas is an aspiring portrait photographer and studio arts major at Humboldt State University. His life consists of talking with friends, taking classes, and planning his next outdoor adventure. You can find his work on his website, Facebook, Google+, or connect with him via email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Paul Redmond

    If it was an outdoor wedding I think it would have use :)

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  2. Sonu Chatha

    i saw that on kickstarter. it looks great but not for wedding photography

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  3. Paul Redmond

    @Kim

    Well you would hit the tree :) you can put cameras so you could see were your going and you should be watching it too.. You can watch it using lcd screen and all.. Just watch you tube vids on these things and you will be amazed how they work..

    All I every wanted to be in the last 6 months was to be a photography but seeing these and wishing I had the money I would go into these things.. But sadly I don’t so just a pipe dream for me :(

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  4. Kim Romberg

    So how does it know if there’s a tree or something in the way..? Or is this just for shooting in wide open spaces..?

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  5. Paul Redmond

    They are a few of these not like these 1 but ones that take vids and photos.. Take alook at DJI.com you will find some fantastic stuff on this subject :)

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  6. Matt Walsh

    I can’t wait. It’s going to be so much fun.

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  7. Drew Pluta

    I love this thing already. I’ll be able to put a model on railroad tracks and shoot from a safe distance.

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  8. Anthony Thurston

    This. Looks. AMAZING. I wish i was into action sports so I would have a use for something like it, haha.

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  9. Pye

    Dude, this thing looks epic, that is if it actually works as advertised =)

    I could see this totally being a game changer. Only problem is that most of the products I have bought into on Kickstarter have kinda been sorta “beta” versions. Hopefully this won’t be one of them.

    I wonder how it avoids running into stuff ;)

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  10. Valters Pelns

    Well, Latvian guys with Airdog project got their money in kickstarter to start production! So check that out! ;)

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  11. Tyler Friesen

    This project looks amazing, but I’ll definitely sit this one out as I’ve been ripped off on two projects already. I’ll wait until lots proven in the marketplace first.

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  12. Rambo Estrada

    Next level selfies.

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  13. Hanssie

    I feel like I need to take up some extreme sports so I can play with this new toy. Too cool.

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