5 Crowdfunding Drone Projects That Failed

A recap of some of the more memorable drone projects that failed on Indiegogo and Kickstarter.


Let’s get one thing out of the way right at the start: there’s no shame in failure. It builds character. It tests your determination. It provides useful lessons about what to avoid in future.

Unfortunately, failure can also leave a lot of people very, very angry if their product does not arrive when - and as - expected.

And the number of angry people grows exponentially when you are dealing with projects that involve thousands of backers on a crowdfunding platform such as Indiegogo and Kickstarter.

From unexpectedly high manufacturing costs to technical difficulties, there are many ways a project can fail. Drones, for whatever reason, seem especially difficult to make, resulting in many drone projects that have failed on crowdfunding sites.

We’ve collected five of the more memorable crowdfunded drone projects that failed to deliver on their early promise. Let them be a lesson to us all.

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Emmet Cole · Emmet Cole has been writing about robots since 2006. Formerly Wired UK's robotics expert, Emmet's bylines include Wired News, The Economist, BBC Future, and Robotics Trends. He is particularly interested in commercialization of research and in the ethical, legal, and regulatory implications of emerging robotic and cyborg technology.
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Comments

Frank2 · June 1, 2016 · 11:27 am

Pretty worthless article.  Completely ignored the only useful question: Why did these projects fail?  Tossing out a “technological difficulties” answer is as lame as you get.  Just what about the technology could not be overcome?  Oh, they couldn’t replicate the flight of a dragonfly with it’s delicate, independently-actuated wings and minimal body weight?  Well, duh.  This “article” is no better than a list of name, $ raised, # of fool backers, and burial date.  It gives no specific information as to what caused the project to fail - and therefore is a waste of time to read.  And certainly no lessons to learn, as promised. 
I backed someone on Kickstarter once.  That put me on a list to get all manner of projects begging me to back them.  But no way whatsoever to get off of this Kickstarter marketing list.


Frank2 · June 1, 2016 at 11:27 am

Pretty worthless article.  Completely ignored the only useful question: Why did these projects fail?  Tossing out a “technological difficulties” answer is as lame as you get.  Just what about the technology could not be overcome?  Oh, they couldn’t replicate the flight of a dragonfly with it’s delicate, independently-actuated wings and minimal body weight?  Well, duh.  This “article” is no better than a list of name, $ raised, # of fool backers, and burial date.  It gives no specific information as to what caused the project to fail - and therefore is a waste of time to read.  And certainly no lessons to learn, as promised. 
I backed someone on Kickstarter once.  That put me on a list to get all manner of projects begging me to back them.  But no way whatsoever to get off of this Kickstarter marketing list.


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