If you ever thought that the length of your selfie stick is stopping you from taking better selfies, then humankind has an answer for the narcissists -- a flying selfie stick.
The device named ROAM-e, developed by Australian technology firm IoT, is the combination of a drone and a camera. According to Ian Duffell, executive director of the IoT Group, the company’s vision was to build “a selfie stick on steroids.”
“The selfie stick’s problem is it’s confined by the length of the stick,” he told Mashable Australia. “The thought was, let’s get the thing taking the picture flying with you.”
The two rotor ROAM-e, which opened for pre-sale Thursday and should begin shipping internationally in June, after connecting to your smartphone can take photos, 360-degree panoramas or stream live video for up to 20 minutes of flight time. The device, which can be programmed using facial recognition technology to follow the user at a distance of up to 25 metres (82 feet), features a 5 megapixel CMOS sensor and a quad-core ARM Cortex A7 Processor.
Also, the rotors can also be collapsed and folded. “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.
“We all know drones fly around and take pictures, but because we’ve tailored it to be portable and in your space, it fits into a different category,” he said. “Ideally, you’d operate it in your own space.” In India, drones with cameras are not allowed to fly but we will have to wait and watch the reaction to the new selfie stick. The
The ROAM-e will be competing with the likes of Lily Camera. The device will cost A$349 ($267) compared to the $899 (A$1,175) cost of the Lily in the US. The Aussie firm has also promised to add new features like the ability to drop a pin on a map application, instructing the ROAM-e to travel to that point and return.