January 31, 2022
Startup LeshTronix Drone Systems has announced the recent expansion of its leadership team, with the goal of developing and producing the PhoneQuad, a smartphone case that hovers in the air with drone technology to act as a “floating selfie stick.”
Neil Lesher, founder and CEO of LeshTronix, announced that Farouk Khailann, CEO of Premium Africa Holdings and senior vice president of ezipay.africa, has taken on the role of managing partner at LeshTronix. In addition, Arijit Bhattacharyya, founder of Indian game-dev and deep-tech company Virtualinfocom, will lead the company’s executive advisory board.
“We are extremely excited and fortunate to have these talented, focused, diverse and driven entrepreneurs on our team,” said Lesher. “We’ve also partnered with a brilliant group of aerospace engineers to start building our Gen-1 model. Our immediate and achievable goal is to fully launch PhoneQuad into the global consumer sector before Q4 of 2022.”
The PhoneQuad is a hovering phone case that will allow users to take photos hands-free while the device stays aloft. The quad-rotor design pushes air down, lifting the PHoneQuad. Users let the case go and it hovers in a stable flight. The company said it has multiple design and utility patents pending on the device.
Not designed to fly around, instead the PhoneQuad serves as a hovering selfie stick, the company said. Using voice-recognition software, PhoneQuad will also be able to obey verbal commands using microphone-equipped earbuds via Bluetooth.
“I conceptualized the idea for PhoneQuad when my father developed arthritis and could no longer comfortably handle his iPhone,” said Lesher in a 2021 interview. “When my dad got frustrated, I thought about how amazing it would be if he could have a hands-free, hovering FaceTime call with my kids. And so, PhoneQuad was born and then I quickly realized the many use cases there could be.” Lesher said he sees a product that allows people with disabilities, families, friends and party goers the time to set up and stage the perfect picture, video or video conversation.
LeshTronix said it is working with the engineering team from xCraft.io to develop the hardware and software prototype. The company is also seeking seed funding to advance prototype development. “We’ve seen major players like Amazon, Google and Intel invest heavily in drone tech,” said Lesher. “That level of investment has really gotten the VC community’s attention and I believe PhoneQuad is going to generate a lot of buzz that will translate into a robust funding round.”
For more details on the company, visit the PhoneQuad/LeshTronix website here.