A Techie Look at AirDog

January 15, 2016

A Techie Look at AirDog


One of the things that make AirDog perfect for action sports is the sports flight modes. AirDog has ski, MTB, snowboard, surf, skate & wakeboarding flight modes (more coming soon). All of which is made possible by mad engineering and developing skills plus obsessive attention to detail. Not to mention a love for action in the outdoors. There’s more too, so let’s dive deeper for some detailed goodness from AirDog.

Hands Free Control with AirLeash

AirLeash, is a waterproof and wearable device. It’s easy to use with gloves, so while you’re out in the cold, you can keep your gloves on and can make quick adjustments on the fly, it's effortless. Who wants to worry about a drone while skiing or surfing? We prefer to focus on the ride and what we love (and let AirDog focus on capturing wicked video).

Perfect for All Terrain 

A drone that follows you down or up varying terrain and providing usable aerial footage is almost impossible without LiDAR. AirDog uses LiDAR to detect terrain, enabling safe following at high speeds during terrain altitude changes, perfect for MTB, MX, snowboarding, skiing and other downhill sports. AirDog is currently the only drone on the market for consumers with LiDAR.

AirLeash vs. Smartphone

Both AirDog and AirLeash contain advanced sensor fusion technology that work together to enable precision tracking, so your action is always captured. We initially liked the idea of using our smartphones, but smartphones are not built to provide the reliability of a dedicated tracker for the dynamic movement of action sports. And like we mentioned before, AirLeash is completely waterproof and rugged (one AirDog user even accidentally left his car overnight on top of AirLeash and AirLeash still worked the next day, though that isn’t recommended).

With a control range of up to 820 ft (250m), you stay connected with AirDog while you accelerate and during high speed up and downhill scenarios. AirDog keeps your GoPro pointed at your AirLeash, so with the accelerometer, barometer and a mix of the other sensors, you’ll always be in-frame, no matter how random your motion patterns are. 


Flight Modes

Auto-Following isn’t AirDog’s feature, you could say it is AirDog. Soon we’ll have a post that covers the flight modes and the reason why flight modes are super important for capturing yourself in action during your favorite sport.


* LiDAR in contrast with Sonars or Infrared distance sensors used on other platforms has better sensing range (up to 20m) and works exceptionally well over virtually any surface material: water, snow, dirt, grass, trees, etc. It has faster update rates too.

*AirDog's dimensions in a folded state are 8.46 x 14.96 x 3.54 in (215 x 380 x 90 mm), and 23.22 x 14.57 x 3.54 in (590 x 370 x 90 mm) in a fully extended state. The battery pack is around 7.28 x 2.16 x 1.77 in (185 x 55 x 45 mm) 



Wolfgang B


"This will be perfect for avoiding big objects like buildings, ski lifts etc. This is expected to come as a free firmware upgrade early this year.


now is late this year, here any news ?

Marex Hello


Jasper, even though GPS and LiDAR do not act to avoid obstacles, we have a specially designed Cable Park mode on our AirDog Mobile App.

Samson, AirDog doesn't have onboard collision detection sensors to detect objects it approaches or vice versa.

You should operate AirDog ONLY IN WIDE OPEN AREAS where there is no risk of crashing into people and obstacles such as trees, steep mountains, buildings and constructions.

This is especially important until you master your experience and have a better understanding on how different flight modes work.

That being said, our team of engineers are working on developing a software based and community driven obstacle avoidance solution. That means that you will be able to define a 3 dimensional "No-Fly Zone" on a map using the AirDog App.

This will be perfect for avoiding big objects like buildings, ski lifts etc. This is expected to come as a free firmware upgrade early this year.

Thank you for commenting


samson akisanya


does it have obstacle avoidance built in?

Jesper Nygaard


Is the LiDAR capable of detecting e.g. the cable from a ski lift??? OR is there a GPS fence system build in, to avoid flying into those???