Camera-carrying drones are nothing new, but the Hover Camera might be the first to solve the scourge that is the selfie stick. It can fly autonomously and take snaps of you, tracking your face and body to make sure you’re always in the shot. This means you can carry on enjoying whatever you’re doing without having to pose with your phone stuck on a pole or fiddle around with controls to pilot your drone.
The Hover Camera is capable of taking 13-megapixels stills and shooting 4K video. A safe housing keeps the drone’s spinning blades out of harms way, which also means that you can grab it to rearrange the angle of its shot. Integrated balancing technology means you get a steady picture every time and allows you to launch the drone by literally tossing it in the air.
To power all of these relatively complicated actions, Hover Camera relies upon AI software and a propriety camera vision created by its manufacturer, the Beijing-based Zero Zero Robotics. It’s also fitted with the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor found in smartphones like the HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5.
Despite packing in all this tech, the Hover Camera weighs just 238 grams, which also means you don’t need to register it if you’re in the US like you do other drones. As well as being light weight, the gadget is also highly portable, folding up to make it even easier to carry with you on your travels.
The Hover Camera is set to launch at some point this summer for around $600 (approx. £415), which is significantly cheaper than other self-flying drones like the £1,229 DJI Phantom 4 and £599 Hexo+.
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