Meet the Nixie, a prototype wearable quadcopter drone equipped with a camera that you can use to capture the ultimate selfies.
The Nixie, brainchild of Stanford postdoctoral researcher Christoph Kohstall, is an attempt to make the world’s first flyable and wrist-wearable camera. The Nixie is for those moments in life when you really want a picture or video of something you’re doing, but using a standard camera or phone either isn’t feasible or would interrupt the moment. Imagine being able to capture a picture of yourself climbing a mountain, flying a kite with your children, or going over an epic jump on your bike.
The Nixie drone starts off as a somewhat bulky bracelet, but unfolds into a small, sleek quadcopter after you perform a simple gesture with your wrist. In theory, once the Nixie takes off from your wrist, it’ll know exactly where you’re standing, snap a photo or video, and then come back to you like a boomerang so you don’t lose it.
Whether the Nixie will be able to recognize you in a crowded space like a baseball game or walking through the streets of a major city remains to be seen, and Kohstall’s team will need to work out those details and more before the wearable copter makes it to market. But the promise of such a product is there, and soon all of our selfies might be taken with a little help from a drone.
The Nixie is among a handful of finalists in Intel’s Make It Wearable challenge, a competition with the goal of changing the future of wearable technology. The winner of the challenge will be announced in early November, with the winner taking home a $500,000 cash prize to help iron out the winning project’s kinks and make the concept a reality.