The Hexo+ employs six vertical rotors with a maximum 30-degree tilt to manage the forward motion. The underslung gimbal is designed to lock in with commercial high-def cameras like the GoPro. Battery life so far, in the prototype model, maxes at about 15 minutes.
The Hexo+ project page features footage of extreme sports athletes, along with video of the drone following people in parks and public spaces -- joggers, skateboarders, even a guy walking his dog. It raises the question: What are the safety issues if everyone is being followed by their own personal camera drones?
Antoine Level, CEO of Squadrone System, told DNews that there is no obstacle avoidance system in the Hexo+, although there are plans to incorporate the technology. "It's basically up to you to make sure that you're in an open area, similar to if you were driving a car with a trailer behind you," Level said.
The inspiration for the Hexo+ comes from the action sports world, where filming extreme stunts in the snow or surf can be difficult and expensive, requiring film crews, helicopters or remotely piloted drone systems.