In Brief

The modular device can fly at recorded speeds of 85 mph, nearly twice the speed of market leader DJI's Phantom line

Most garden variety drones on the market specialize in a single hyper-specific function, from flying cameras to obstacle avoidance. But herein lies the problem: though your drone’s extended battery life lets it hover for an hour longer than the standard quadcopter, it can’t do much else. The uncompromising rigidity of most drones is precisely the reason that Amazon Prime Air has to design its own if its to ever realize aerial package delivery.

Enter Teal, a modular drone building startup on a mission to develop a one-size-fits-all device, founded by 18-year-old George Matus. Having been accepted into the Peter Thiel Foundation, the terms set by the venture capitalist state that Matus is to skip college altogether to build out his company and vision with $100,000 USD provided by Thiel himself.

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