A manufacturer and design house called Dream Cheeky is attempting to raise $30,000 in 30 days for the iStrike Shuttle: a flying machine that’s powered by your iOS device. Pardon the dramatic headline– the iStrike Shuttle won’t attack an enemy country for you, but it might help you win at beer pong.
In a nutshell, the drone drops ping pong balls by remote control. You can also write a message on the balls with a dry-erase marker and then wipe them away to destroy the evidence.
Its purpose is fairly simple right now, but the future could bring other uses for the device, like augmented reality games and a smart pickup claw.
Dream Cheeky is a small team of four full-time designers and engineers from all over the world who specialize in the interaction between firmware and software.
The company debuted the iStrike Shuttle at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 2011 along with four other products. “We knew then from the reaction that this item was going to be massive,” Dream Cheeky’s Julie Petris told SocialTimes.
But the item wasn’t ready to bring to the market. “Since it’s the most complicated item we have ever done, it has also taken us much longer to complete than originally anticipated,” Petris said. After spending 18 months creating the iStrike Shuttle, the team has decided to take the project to Kickstarter.
“Since we missed the major buying season, we need to purchase the components at our own cost to make stock available,” Petris said. “Also, we have filed a utility patent for the ball dropping release mechanism, which is pending. The final process requires a detailed search, so we are hoping some of the funding can go towards that as well.”