The Future Of The Selfie Stick Is Here, And Of Course It's A Drone
Is your boring old selfie stick not quite capturing your best angle? Has the thrill of sabotaging your fellow tourists' photo-taking efforts at iconic landmarks worn off? Is your arm simply getting tired?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re in luck. A solution has come in the form of AirSelfie, a new pocket-sized drone that will capture your best selfie from mid-air.
Developed by Italian entrepreneur Edoardo Stroppiana, AirSelfie is equipped with a 5-megapixel camera able to shoot full high-definition 1080p video and a 4GB microSD card.
"AirSelfie is specifically designed and produced for people who used to think drone cameras are extremely complicated to use - too expensive and bulky," Stroppiana said, adding that the device helps people take pictures of themselves from distances, heights and angles not possible with traditional selfie sticks.
The drone can reach a height of 65 feet (20 meters) in the air for about three minutes, with a camera that measures about 3.72 by 2.65 by 0.42 inches (9.45 by 6.73 by 1.07 centimeters.)
AirSelfie is controlled by a free iOS or Android app, which can adjust the drone's height and direction, let it hover autonomously and allow users take aerial shots. The device uses Wi-Fi to send photos wirelessly to your phone, or post them directly to social media.
AirSelfie Holdings Ltd. launched a Kickstarter campaign to make the device available via pre-order back in November. It raised more than $500,000 from more than 2,300 backers, and the company has also received $3 million from private angel investors in the U.S., the U.K., Germany and China.
The first batch of pre-ordered AirSelfies are slated for delivery in March, with the drone expected to hit the market in 2017 at $300.