Upcoming model is the size of a mobile device and priced to own

Drone enthusiasts may have yet another thing to get revved up about soon. Later this month, a California-built mini-drone is planned to hit the shelves and the skies.

San Francisco-based drone maker Aericam is poised to launch Anura, a pocket-sized camera drone for pilots and filmmakers on the go. Hoping to bring portable drone tech “to the masses,” the company plans to charge about $200 per unit, and will begin taking pre-orders later this month.

Anura's portability, the team explains, is due to its small size — the approximate length of a smartphone, but a little thicker around the middle — and the fact that its four rotor arms remain tucked inside the outer shell until takeoff, when they are flipped out into position. An owner will pilot their Anura by connecting it to an iOS or Android smartphone via Wi-Fi; the drone's “micro-camera” will also stream video directly to the connected phone thus.

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