Zano the zombie drone whirs back to life


A group of developers are attempting to revive the Zano drone – one of Kickstarter’s most notorious failures.

The handheld quadcopter raised £2.3m from more than 12,000 backers on the crowdfunding platform before the project imploded in 2015.

The resulting scandal PROMPTED A PROBE THAT  found fault with all involved.

The Zano Camera project is one of several initiatives on show at the CES expo that make use of seized assets from failed crowdfunding campaigns.

The person leading the effort is Vernon Kerswell, chief executive of Extreme Fliers, a London-based micro drone manufacturer.

His company paid just over £100,000 to buy the assets of Zano’s original developer – the Swansea, Wales-headquartered Torquing Group – after it collapsed.

“Zano was deeply flawed and there was a lot of issues with the software and the hardware, and that’s ultimately why they never shipped [en masse],” he told the BBC at the Las Vegas trade show.

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“But a lot of the technology was very interesting and way ahead of what else was out there at the time.

“Drone companies out there would never risk putting unproven technologies in their flagship products.

“But we can use it as a platform to test new ideas and build a group of passionate developers.”

The project involves open-sourcing the intellectual property involved in the Zano drones, so that enthusiasts across the globe can work together to tackle the fact the limited number of units that made it into backers’ hands are now effectively “undead”.

“There are about 1,000 units out there that shipped but they were bricked when the company went bankrupt because the computer server that they were dependent on was switched off,” explained Mr Kerswell READ MORE.