January 28, 2013
MeCam Looks To Be Your Flying Video Companion Robot
|The design company Always Innovating is developing a tiny flying video camera called the MeCam. The robotic quadrotor camera is designed to follow you around and stream live video to your smartphone, allowing you to upload videos to your social media streams like Facebook.|
The company is projecting to sell the MeCam for just $49.
According to Always Innovating:
Today people capture and share their photos and videos using archaic methods and with mixed results. The MeCam launches from the palm of a hand and hovers instantly. The MeCam streams video to an Android or iOS phone or tablet. Videos can then be easily shared on social media platforms. The MeCam doesn't need any remote control: the user can control the device with voice commands or uses the follow-me feature.
The camera is docked in a nano copter drone with 4 spinning rotors to keep it aloft. There are 14 different sensors which help the copter detect objects around it so it won’t bump into walls, people. or anything else.
With the MeCam there will be no remote control. Instead, you controlling the MeCam will be done in one of two ways. You can speak voice commands to tell it, for instance, to move up or down. Or you can enable the “follow-me” feature which tells the camera to just follow you around while shooting paparazzi-style video.
Potentially the camera might be useful for teleconferencing and telepresence solutions, but it is not clear yet how much noise from the device itself could effect these applications.
The MeCam features an Always Innovating module with an ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 1GB of RAM, WiFI, and Bluetooth.
The company hopes to license the design so that products based on the MeCam will hit the streets in early 2014.
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Tags: Always Innovating, camera, drone, facebook, MeCam, quadrotor, robot, robotics, telepresence robot
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