The Fleye Drone Is A $1200 Floating Soccer Ball

With a camera
Fleye Foam-Padded Drone
A Kickstarter project that seeks to offer a foam-padded drone with a built-in camera to customers for $1200. Dave Gershgorn / Popular Science

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CES 2016 brought a lot of recycled drone designs, and most of them copy DJI’s original Phantom. But every once in a while, there’s an outlier.

Fleye breaks the typical drone mold, a white quadcopter with little legs, and instead opted for a floating sphere. Up close, the drone looks like a well-designed oscillating fan that’s been turned sideways. Oh, and for the pleasure of piloting a volleyball, you have to cough up a hefty $1200.

Despite its shape, the Fleye handles shockingly well, and it’s totally safe because all the blades are enclosed inside the styrofoam casing.

The Fleye is still actively recruiting funding on Kickstarter, and has already surpassed its goal of $185,837 with 8 days to go.