We're building the world's smartest drones.
Based in downtown Zurich, Fotokite is a team of passionate roboticists working on the next generation of everyday aerial robotics. We're seeking talented, exceptional people to make this adventure happen. Join us! [Note copy&paste applications will not be considered -- tell us why you want to work on *this* product]
The core algorithms were developed and refined over the course of three years of PhD work at the Flying Machine Arena (http://www.flyingmachinearena.org) at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. It turns out that the state of a tethered flying vehicles can be recovered using standard low-cost sensors, used in combination with sophisticated numerical filters to extract the desired signals. The same approach is used to enable novel interaction concepts for the Fotokite.
The core algorithmic components are protected by a patent application. We are committed to continuing advanced R&D to stay at the edge of new developments in this space.
The Fotokite itself is a custom-designed, purpose-built tethered flying platform. We leverage the know-how and expertise of the team to bring top-notch integration and Q/A to the product and to produce a quality flying camera.
Both general and specialized press received the product well (TED, Wired, etc) and we received multiple LOI (Microsoft, Parrot and CNN, etc).
We're making UAVs to deliver healthcare goods and disaster relief supplies. We've got a strong team of engineers, and we're looking to add smart, opinionated, hard workers to the team.
As mentioned above, the unique and patented aspect of Vayu’s Courier is it’s ability to take off vertically like a helicopter – then transition to efficient aircraft flight for the duration of the transit – then land vertically again. It does this highly versatile feat completely without a pilot; the aircraft is pilot-free. All flight planning, navigation, takeoff and landing is done automatically. This combination of quadcopter/fixed wing design in association with advanced pilot free operation removes the need for heavy infrastructure like launchers and runways. The smartphone application is easy enough for a nurse or community health worker to launch, receive and plan deliveries without any training.