The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived—today, we are shipping HEXO+ units to you, our backers and early supporters. This is a major milestone for all of us. Together, we’ve developed the first autonomous drone. This flight system can take-off, follow and frame you while filming with predetermined camera movements, and safely land. These processes are entirely automated and simply initiated with the HEXO+ smartphone app. This allows you to capture the moment hands-free, as no bulky remote control is needed.
You’ve been with us every step of the journey, watching our vision evolve and sharing in our progress. Throughout this evolution, we’ve worked relentlessly to blend simplicity with the ability to create unrivaled imagery. And from the beginning, we’ve wanted to set you up for success. We feel confident that HEXO+does this. No matter your skill set, it enables you to unleash your creativity.
To guarantee constant framing and image stability, HEXO+ combines a fast and responsive drone with proprietary framing and tracking algorithms. The built-in library of cinematic camera movements—developed with motion picture experts—enables you to create compelling, professional-grade imagery using HEXO+ and your GoPro camera.
We have also attained the certifications necessary for bringing HEXO+ to market across the globe. Consequently, HEXO+ is the first autonomous drone with complete certifications from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Conformité Européenne (CE) and Industry Canada (IC).
The excitement is palpable among our team—and we’re honored to be sharing it with you. “This is an entirely new way of capturing aerial imagery,” explains Antoine Level, our CEO and one of our cofounders. “We are incredibly proud to bring together our experience in aeronautics technology and software development to create a simple, easy-to-use product.”
One of our other cofounders, professional snowboarder Xavier de Le Rue, is especially eager to use HEXO+ when filming in the backcountry this season. “HEXO+ was built with outdoor adventurers in mind, allowing them to live in the moment and not behind a lens,” he explains. “It enables you to capture incredible footage of yourself—by yourself. As a snowboarder, this gives me unprecedented freedom to create and share footage without the expense of helicopters and a film crew.”
We know that you’ve also been cooking up plans for your HEXO+. Now, the time has arrived to translate them into action. Start checking your doorstep for a sweet little package from us. We’re excited for your adventures to begin—and equally stoked for you to share them with us.
Your support has made HEXO+ a reality. And we’re as excited as ever to kick off the next chapter of this journey with you. Thank you.
Also, in case you’d like a refresher, here’s a brief overview of HEXO+’s key features:
- No remote control needed—you can control HEXO+ with just your smartphone and the HEXO+ app, which is available for Apple iOS 9 and Android 4.4 and above
- Compatible with most GoPro camera models
- Predictive tracking algorithms anticipate your next move
- Operating altitude of up to 16,000 feet
- Maximum speed of 45 mph
- 6-propeller design for added stability and power
- Quick and easy battery swap
- Library of 12 pre-programmed camera movements that are easily adjusted and fine-tuned.
Thanks again. We’ll see you in the sky.