A team of inventors is working on the world’s first wearable selfie-taking drone.
The Nixie is designed to capture those moments you want to capture, but can’t stop to take a selfie.
Christoph Kohstall, a researcher at Stanford University, came up with the idea of making a personal quad-copter with a camera, which is small and flexible enough to wear on your wrist like a bracelet.
With a flick of the wrist, the Nixie unfolds and flies away, before turning round to capture images. It remembers where you are, and will automatically capture the best pictures of you whatever you’re doing, before returning safely to your wrist like a boomerang.
Team Nixie has entered the early prototype device – which still looks a little bulky for everyday use – into chipmaker Intel’s Make It Wearable competition. The team have reached the final of the contest, which challenged inventors to take personal computing to the next level.
The video demonstrates how the prototype could be used, from capturing simple shots of friends in a park, to launching from the side of a rock face to capture an epic climb.
“We all have moments we want to remember,” says Jelena Jovanoic, Team Nixie’s project manager. “We all have moments we want to capture, and maybe to share them later.
“Nixie takes the picture that you wish you always had, but couldn’t because you didn’t want to stop the action.”
The team will fight it out for the contest’s $500,000 prize at the Make It Wearable final on November 3, 2014 in San Francisco.
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