A wearable drone fitted to a user's wrist could revolutionise the selfie, say its designers at Stanford University. The Nixie quadcopter has been awarded a $500,000 USD grant by chipmaker giants Intel and could be a hit among adventure sports enthusiasts and those wishing to take the perfect self-image. Jim Drury reports.
The Nixie promises to change the selfie forever. It's a wristband that converts to a camera-equipped drone. By pressing a button, users unlock the band before flicking the quadcopter into the air. The drone tracks the user's movements using motion sensors, and after taking photographs or video, flies back to its owner like a boomerang. Though aimed at extreme sports enthusiasts, Nixie should also be popular with lovers of group selfies...especially those who don't want extended arms appearing in shot, a common problem on mobile phones. The prototype was developed by three researchers at Stanford University. Chipmakers Intel have given them $500,000 USD to develop it, so it can be controlled using a timer, or summoned using gestures. The trio are convinced they're on the path to success.