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).
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.
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.
Zero Zero Robotics' Hover Camera is now called the Hover Camera Passport. I got a first look at the prototype of the paperback-sized "flying camera" (the company's still not calling it a drone) earlier this year. After securing over 25 million in investor funding, Zero Zero Robotics is finally launching the foldable quadcopter camera -- the first in a lineup of planned flying cameras from the company. Zero Zero Robotics CEO Meng Qiu "MQ" Wang told Mashable the company was shooting for under 600 for the consumer release. A buck under 600 technically still qualifies, technically.
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.