The startup, founded by avionics engineer Mohamed Ghaith, developed a “flying selfie stick” and launched it last year.
From August 22, the Drofie team will be in Zurich for 11 weeks of intense building, learning and networking in the EWZ Selnau, which is currently setting up.
Still in its pre-launch phase, the company plans on using the fund to further improve the prototype as well as developing their business plan.
The company’s website describes the drone as “the world’s first truly stable flying camera that capture clear non-blur photos not only videos.”
The pocket-sized 140g drone has two main qualities: stability and safety. For enhanced stability, it has been equipped with propitiatory technology and an auto-pilot algorithm. Through optical flow and image processing, the drone is able to stabilize enough to capture stable pictures.
When it comes to safety, the software uses four infrared sensors to avoid obstacles and uses a colour tracking feature to ‘see’ and follow a moving target as well as avoiding obstacles and instantly manoeuvring around walls.
The drone can be integrated with Android and Google watch for autonomous full control and allows to automatically syncs photos and videos to smart devices. It is equipped with a high resolution and a GPS navigation to track location.
While the proof of concept was mainly done in Alexandria, the real work took place in Latvia after Gaith moved there to study avionics. The engineer later dropped out of college to explore other options. Last year, his path crossed with Egyptians Nebras Ozzo and Kusay Ali on Angel List and moved back to Egypt to work on the design.
Gaith and his 7-member team are now located in Latvia where they are gearing up towards launching a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter by the end of this year.