As co-founder and CEO of Vantage Robotics, he has helped lead the company over the last seven years to ship groundbreaking micro UAVs to commercial and government customers including CNN, Ford, FLIR, and the US Army. Prior to Vantage, he founded a software company that reached millions of customers and a micro-fuel cell company with Dr. Fritz Prinz from Stanford that doubled the energy density of lithium ion batteries and now works with the US Army. As a design engineer at IDEO, he developed a treatment device for ischemic strokes, a micro communication device, and a handheld fingerprint reader for law enforcement. He received his Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering with honors from Yale University, where he was awarded the BF Goodrich Collegiate Inventors Award for his thesis project. Tobin currently holds 19 patents. Outside of work, Tobin is an avid kitesurfer, has biked across the US and Alaska, and won silver and gold medals in high school and college rowing at the national and international level.
Vantage Robotics has created a massively differentiated flying camera to compete in the $7 B camera drone market by solving the ease of use problem. The company spent over four years developing the product, sold over $1 M in pre-orders, and has just begun shipping to rave reviews. They were selected to be CNN’s drone partner and won Sir Richard Branson’s Extreme Tech Challenge.
Vantage's first product, Snap, is the only high-performance flying camera that can safely be used near people. With sophisticated tracking, automatic smart shots and your smartphone as the controller, Snap brings ease of use to a whole new level. The patent pending modular design enables customers to easily optimize performance with one hour flight times, silent operation, 60 mph flight speeds, and obstacle avoidance modules.