Selfie sticks can be useful to take a perfect selfie, but it’s quite annoying carrying it all the time as your hands are blocked. What if a drone does it for you? China-based startup Zero Zero Robotics is thinking the same. The company just unveiled the Hover Camera drone, a foldable, small self-flying camera drone that follows you around wherever you go just by tracking your face to snap photos and videos.
Rather than a joyriding drone, Hover is more of a flying camera. Turn it on and it will do exactly what it sounds like, hovering in midair. There was a demo last week where upon launching the app it was able to quickly scan its circumference for faces and locks on to whomever it was assigned.
“We had a few design goals in mind: Create a personal flying camera that’s portable and very safe, but also super easy to use for everyone,” said Meng Qiu Wang , the CEO and founder of Zero Zero Robotics. “Most of the drones on the market fall short in these three aspects. We wanted to up the game to the next level.”
To make it indoor safe, its propellers are wrapped in a carbon fiber mesh cage, which makes it light yet strong enough to bear serious stress. That also makes it very loud, allowing you to hear each and every motor spinning inside the cage.
Hover comes with a 13MP camera that can shoot 4K videos. Also, a dual tone flash and a downward facing 3MP camera are included. The drone is able to hover at a maximum altitude of 164 feet. Using the app, you can adjust its perspective and height in the air. After you’re done, just fold it and put it in your purse.
The most interesting part is what the company calls it Embedded AI, a composition of hardware and software that makes it lock onto a target and follows it.
“The reason why we’re so excited about the Hover camera is that it’s the first time devices of this size can be AI-powered,” Wang says. “It’s really changing the paradigm of how users interact with AI devices. In the future, we want to go down to even smaller robotics devices that will enrich people’s lives.”