Friday 22 September 2017

This selfie stick will fly after you and snap shots

IoT Group
IoT Group

Mark O'Beirne

IoT Group has developed a selfie stick that flies after you, allowing you to take photos, capture 360-panoramic photos, and stream live video.

Selfies are about to get a bit more cinematic and less tied to their definition; an Australian company is accepting pre-orders for a flying selfie stick, which will ship internationally in June.

The ROAM-e is tethered to your smartphone and uses facial recognition technology to follow the user at a distance of up to 25m. Naturally, it can snap photos, but it can also capture 360-degree panoramas or stream live video for up to 20 minutes. The ROAM-e packs a 5MP CMOS sensor as well as a quad-core ARM Cortex A7 processor.

While it’s possible to do something similar using a drone, executive director of the IoT Group, Ian Duffell,says that its main advantage is its size. "We wanted it to be small enough to fit into a bag or pocket. We modelled it on not being bigger than a 600-millilitre water bottle," Duffell explained.

More features are planned. IoT Group hopes to add the ability to drop a pin on a map application to send ROAM-e there and back.

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