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Meet Camikaze: The next generation of drones

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Meet Camikaze: The next generation of drones is military-grade
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Since drone technology became available to consumer markets, it’s seen an impressive rate of adoption, with 2018 projected sales of $1.2 billion in North America alone.

A significant part of this spend is by “prosumers”, consumers who are happy to spend extra on professional-grade products. The drone prosumer will soon have a new reason to get excited.

Israeli drone company Camikaze is about to drop its new product onto the market: the world’s most extreme drone.

Why Extreme Drones?

Despite drone technology becoming more available to everyday consumers, it has not been without its problems.

GoPro released its Karma drone back in 2016 but was forced to recall it after numerous users reported issues including their drone literally falling out of the sky. The company ultimately announced it would stop selling the product in January of this year, taking a hit on its share price in the process. Chinese company DJI has fared better, but users have nevertheless experienced issues with particular drone models.

Even when today’s consumer drones manage to stay aloft, users often find that they struggle in heavy weather conditions. For this reason, extreme sports users are usually confined to using a traditional GoPro or other action camera for recording, which is limited to ground-level, first-person footage only.

Features of the Camikaze Drone

Camikaze is aiming to overcome all these limitations with its drone targeted towards extreme sports enthusiasts. The product was developed with Israeli proven technology and can fly autonomously at speeds of up to 300kph (185mph), using precision tracking to ensure uninterrupted footage of a target subject.

These drones are engineered to perform the most complex aerial manoeuvres even under harsh weather conditions or at altitude. This means that a Camikaze drone can autonomously capture footage of a skydiver from the moment they leave the helicopter to the moment they reach the ground. Snowboarders, surfers, paragliders or even mountain bikers could use the drone to record their most extreme adventures.

Camikaze drone. Illustration

Camikaze drone. Illustration

The drones will be self-landing and can be launched by a user using a single-hand release mechanism, triggered by throwing the device. All footage will be high-quality, delivered using world-class images sensors.

Artificial intelligence [AI] technology enables users to upload data immediately to multiple social media channels, using only the click of a button. Despite packing in all these features, Camikaze drones will be compact and lightweight so a user can pack them for multiple adventure trips without being weighed down.

Creating a Distributed User Base

Releasing the drone itself is only the first step for the company. Camikaze aims to release the physical product in order to ensure participation among a sustainable distributed network of users.

Once the user base is established, the company will launch its own blockchain-based Camikaze software platform, aimed at uniting a decentralized community of drone users. Participants will be able to share their footage to the platform while retaining full rights over all material.

The developers believe that there is a lack of a standardized network for drone technologies and services, and the time is ripe for using distributed computing to fill that gap. With the global drone market set to grow at a staggering rate of 20.9% annually over the next eight years, this belief appears to be well-founded.

The Team Behind the Vision

The company has been founded by ex-military personnel, who came together around a shared vision of allowing extreme sports enthusiasts to document their activities regardless of conditions.

Gadi Kuperman is a former Israeli Air Force Colonel with over 30 years of leadership experience in the military and the business world. Ben Alfi is a veteran Israeli fighter pilot who has previously created drones for his country’s military services.

Last but certainly not least, the project also boasts Dan Halutz, highly respected and experienced Israeli Air Force lieutenant general and former Chief of Staff of the Israel Defence Forces, as an advisor. Halutz will bring an invaluable wealth of knowledge to the table for the Camikaze project, providing the team with a strong competitive advantage.

Dan Halutz

Dan Halutz

They are supported by a team of product designers, entrepreneurs, and academics. The company places a heavy focus on precision engineering, which it states is borne of a desire to “challenge the status quo of subpar drone manufacturing.”

ICO Details

The company will launch two crowdsale rounds of its ERC20 KAZA token. The first round will aim to sell 10,000 drones and the second 15,000 drones. The sale is seeking to reach a soft cap of USD $30 million with a hard cap of $50 million.

The community will kick off with the Camikaze Extreme Athlete Team. The company will onboard a group of extreme sports influencers to serve as brand ambassadors, helping with promotion and advertising of the drone product and the decentralized Camikaze network.

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Vid App Lets Users and Influencers Monetize Personal Videos

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Vid App Lets Users and Influencers Monetize Personal Videos
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We’re visual creatures. That’s why we’re captivated by films and shows that have great storytelling. According to reports from Insivia and Cisco, mobile video consumption doubles every year, and by 2021, videos will comprise 82% of internet traffic.

One venture believes it’s possible to make money from our personal video collection through tokenized rewards.

According to Jag Singh, CEO, and co-founder of the Los Angeles, California, based startup:

Vid is a social app that empowers users to create beautiful videos, control their data, and monetize their memories. We use artificial intelligence [AI] to generate memories from a user’s video feed. These are then organized into an interactive calendar. The resulting video journal can be edited with a patented editing tool before users publish their captured memory.”

Privacy and Protecting Data

Publishing personal journals on public platforms is tricky. But Singh says Vid places a premium on privacy.

“We use zero-knowledge encryption as well as blockchain tech to give users complete control of their data. It also gives them opportunities to monetize their videos with brands—without interference from us or anyone else.”

Bad data practices [e.g. Experian hack] and harvesting user data without consent [e.g. Facebook] have led to regulatory actions such as GDPR [“General Data Protection Regulation”]. Vid’s solution is to encrypt data and let people select what data to make available. Moreover, the app lets users connect directly with brands that might be interested in their video journals or creative talent.

Singh added:

“Users who opt-in to generate video memories in conjunction with an advertiser will receive 100% of the advertising revenue,” whose app can be found at. “No cut is taken by Vid or any third-party ad marketplace.”

So what are the implications of a 24/7 connected world?

People now view one billion hours of YouTube videos each day. There are several large platforms that are capitalizing on viewing trends. With this massive shift, influencers and brands have much to gain: Audiences retain 95% of a message when delivered in video format compared to just 10% when reading in the text, according to Insivia.

Opportunity for Users and Influencers

Vid’s CEO launched the venture in December 2016. He says the app is a unique opportunity to offer a superior, privacy-protected social experience to a massive crowd.

According to Singh:

“We launched a test version in early 2018 and added more than 30,000 users within a month. We were trending up the social media application rankings before taking the app offline again for further development. No marketing dollars were spent on the test launch. It was purely organic.”

The firm has boarded more than 50 top Influencers across social channels to support the app’s public release. The Influencers have more than 250 million followers, and they know they can increase their revenue from brands by using Vid. The app has a swipe-up ad model where ad revenue flows directly to the Influencers.

The app’s target audience is younger generations [Millennials and Generation Z] since they prefer short-form video content.

The Process

“We poured more than $1.5 million of our own funds into product development and have been working on the platform since the end of 2016, we have filed seven patents for the technology underpinning our platform.”

The team consists of Jag and Josh Singh, and now includes computer scientists, engineers, financial experts, marketers, and business development professionals. Maciej Dziedziela, another co-founder, is Chief Technology Officer. He has a background working in major enterprise firms.

Before Vid, Jag and Josh launched and exited a company that grew to nearly $30 million in annual revenue over four years.

Singh also detailed about:

“Contrary to the pump-and-dump ICO and IEO models of most cryptocurrency and blockchain platforms, we have opted for a five-year rollout of the Vid native token. The details of our tokenomics can be found in our whitepaper, which is accessible from our main website.”

The Vid token pre-sale is scheduled for launch on June 14, 2019, and will conclude on August 9. There is no soft cap, and the presale hard cap is $60 million. There will be no airdrops. Smart contracts are audited by Certik.

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