Are you a fan of selfies? you’ll love this latest tech then which is even better than your selfie stick. A Chinese startup company going by the name of Zero Zero Robotics has created a selfie drone called the “Hover Camera”, this drone can follow users, track their faces, and capture both photos and videos wherever they go.
The drone is equipped with 13-megapixel camera with electronic image stabilization (EIS), is capable of recording 4K videos, capture 360-degree panoramic photos, can fly itself, avoid obstacles and follow the user as he or she moves, thanks to it’s object recognition technology, it is also equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC. The Hover Camera weighs less than 250 grams, not heavy right? that’s because the chassis is built from carbon fiber. Any registration required to use this? because of it’s light weight, Nope, according to the manufacturer, the device isn’t required to register with the FAA. The device uses Simultaneous Localization and Mapping, to perceive and map unknown environments, same used in other unmanned vehicles. It much, all you need do is put it on.
As of now, the hover camera can hover at a maximum altitude of 50 meters. Here’s a short demonstration on how it works from a video provided by Cnet;
The hover camera has attracted $25 million from investors such as IDG, GSR Ventures, ZhenFund, ZUIG and others. Unlike most hardware startups, Zero Zero isn’t putting up the Hover Camera for pre-orders or doing a Kickstarter campaign, the company intends to sell the device when it’s ready to ship which will be in time for the holiday season. Not much was said on pricing except the company expects it to be priced somewhere around $600.
Although, for now the Hover Camera doesn’t rely on human controls, lacks GPS, and it hasn’t been verified how long it can fly from a single charge, it will still be appealing as it is to those who are interested in high angle images. Now who needs a selfie stick when the hover camera can do it better?
A drone in a technological perspective is a light flying robot. It is more formally acknowledged as Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Fundamentally, drones can be flown autonomously or be remotely controlled through software-commanded flight plans embedded in their systems to work in combination with GPS.
A selfie is a self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a digital camera or camera phone held in the hand or supported by a selfie stick. Selfies are often shared on social networking services such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. They are usually flattering and made to appear casual. Most selfies are taken with a camera held at arm’s length or pointed at a mirror, rather than by using a self-timer. A selfie stick may be used to widen the angle of view.