very interesting story (LONG)
Investigation story: http://medium.com/kickstarter/how-zano-raised-millions-on-kickstarter-and-left-backers-with-nearly-nothing-85c0abe4a6cb
Zano Project: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/torquing/zano-autonomous-intelligent-swarming-nano-drone/description
Unbelieveable no one saw a functional device (even the coworkers), journalists, media, CES attendants and they wrote about:
Kickstarter itself selected Zano as a Staff Pick, which gave it prominently placed promotion on the site
At the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas a few weeks later, Engadget shortlisted Zano for its official Best of CES Award, one of just 49 nominees among an estimated 20,000 new products at the world’s biggest trade show. Kickstarter made the prototype happen, and now it’s a very real proposition, gushed Engadget in early January.
Engadget chose it as one of the two best robots or drones at the entire CES. Editor in Chief Michael Gorman defended Engadget’s choice to me by noting that its criteria are innovation, design, market appeal, and functionality, meaning what are the device’s capabilities, not that we have seen it performing all these functions in person.
Popular Science took this moment to proclaim Zano one of the 100 greatest innovations of 2015, raving, It films you as you go about your vacation or your daily run. Presets can make it stay in one place, or track your every move.
Torquing Group’s work is an excellent example of a successful small business with their sights firmly set on growth and expansion, Secretary of State for Wales at the time, David Jones
I'm not a robot expert but an obstacle avoidance (outdoors) based in infrared sensors... that's a job for Tom Cruise :)