Spend your holiday bonus on this self-flying 4K camera drone that just went on sale

Mashable

A car payment or some other responsible adult purchase is probably wise -- BUT -- if you're expecting a nice fat holiday bonus in the coming weeks, it's time to pick up a Hover Camera Passport drone. Winner of the Red Dot Design and iF Product Design awards, this self-flying camera drone uses facial recognition technology to capture 4K footage of you as you go about your day. And if that isn't cool enough, it also relies on your hand gestures alone to capture panoramic videos totally autonomously. It's super portable, too, weighing in at just over half a pound and capable of fitting inside any small purse or bag -- always ready to record your next adventure, wherever it may be. Bring it to your family's annual New Years Day brunch, and you're virtually guaranteed to be the most popular cousin in attendance (though you best steer clear of your aunt's fine china).


The Hover Camera Can Follow You Around, And it Won't Kill You

#artificialintelligence

Beijing start-up Zero Zero Robotics has launched the Hover Camera, a small foldable drone with its propellers enclosed in a rigid, lightweight carbon fiber chassis, making it completely safe to grab with your hands anytime. It also comes with the new "Follow me" feature, which "uses an Android phone or tablet as a virtual tether, allowing the drone to track you with the camera as you move." At only 238 grams (238g), the Hover Camera has two cameras: A 13-Megapixel camera for stills as well as 4K video and a 3-megapixel camera facing downwards. When folded, it is about the size of a VHS cassette tape, and an easily replaceable battery that can last around 8 minutes. It runs on Qualcomm's Snapdragon Flight and has an exhaust system that uses the downward airflow to cool the chipset.


Hover Camera Passport Self-Flying Drone, 4k Video & 13MP Photography, Auto-Follow, & Facial Recognition

#artificialintelligence

Auto-Follow: Using face and body detection technology, the Hover Camera can accompany your journey hands-free with video recording and photo taking while cycling, running, surfing, or even hang-gliding No FAA Registration Required: Fly confidently and right out of the box without having FAA limitations and restrictions like other drones and operating temperature is 5 degree Celsius-35 degree Celsius (41 degree Fahrenheit-95 degree Fahrenheit) Carbon Fiber Cage: Hover Camera is crafted out of carbon fiber making it extra durable to falls and accidents; The Passport's propellers are enclosed in a cage providing the highest standard of safety Gesture Control Owner Mode: With owner mode you just scan your face into the app and the Passport will automatically find, follow, and record you. Carbon Fiber Cage: Hover Camera is crafted out of carbon fiber making it extra durable to falls and accidents; The Passport's propellers are enclosed in a cage providing the highest standard of safety Gesture Control Owner Mode: With owner mode you just scan your face into the app and the Passport will automatically find, follow, and record you.


The Hover Camera will follow you around in the air and record your entire life

Mashable

Though the Hover Camera has four propeller blades and a camera on its front, Meng Qiu "MQ" Wang, CEO of Zero Zero Robotics, prefers to call it a "flying camera." Whether that's walking down Fifth Avenue enjoying an ice cream cone on a sweltering hot day or mountain biking off some cliff, the Hover Camera wants to be right there next to you without you needing to fiddle with complicated remote controls to fly it. The Hover Camera is enclosed in a carbon fiber frame and has a 13-megapixel camera on the front that shoots 4K video. I agree with MQ that drones are too complex for most people to fly without crashing them and endangering people around them. The Hover Camera -- which people will inevitably call a drone, anyway -- is relatively small.


Apple could soon make selfies way more noisy

Mashable

Selfie drones, which are rapidly becoming more affordable, lighter, and easier to use--and, as of April 12, available in Apple stores around the country. SEE ALSO: Drone crashes through woman's apartment window Why would this method of self-documentation be more irksome than oblivious tourists flailing about with selfie sticks? As the name implies, selfie drones are a class of aerial products designed to hover near the owner while filming and taking still photos. The Hover, pictured above, is a relatively slick entrant to the field. It can lock on a specific person's face and follow that individual for up to 10 minutes.