TechCrunch

Hex’s tiny Airbot drone first turned heads earlier this year at China-based hardware accelerator Haxlr8r’s second demo day, and now the team behind it is finally pushing to bring the inexpensive flier to market by way of a recent-launched Kickstarter campaign.

The basics will probably sound a little familiar: like other consumer-oriented drones on the market, users can control the Hex from smartphones with Bluetooth 4.0 support, and the team is also selling camera modules to bolt on the thing as it goes off on its seven-minute flights. Throw in a flight-stabilization system to simplify the controls and you’ve got a fun little toy to harass the neighbors with.

But is sheer novelty enough? To be quite honest, there’s no shortage of startups and incumbents out there trying to make a name for themselves by trying to bring remote-controlled drones to the masses — there’s France-based Parrot and its…

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