Ready to buy a drone but feeling like the cost is a bit prohibitive? You may be able to reduce the cost by turning your powerful smartphone into a PhoneDrone. Simply dock your phone in the drone and watch it go. What better incentive not to crash it? Designed by Indiana-based xCraft, the company is the same that gave us the X PlusOne drone, the PhoneDrone can be flown in a couple of ways. First, using a free app on your phone, users can enter a “flight path which the PhoneDrone will then autonomously follow.” The second way is to use another smartphone or tablet and keep that one with them and use it to manually pilot the drone via WiFi – they’ll also be able to watch live streaming video from the drone’s phone camera while doing so. The drone works with iPhone 4s and up as well as Android phones. The PhoneDrone is available through Kickstarter for $199.

+ xCraft

+ PhoneDrone Kickstarter

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