It was bound to happen sooner or later: the evolution of the selfie stick is here.
First came the selfie mirror. Now enter the selfie drone.
As Mashable reports, Zero Zero Robotics’ small, foldable Hover Camera Passport officially launched today – and it’s here to follow you around and record your every move, snapping aerial selfies along the way.
The launch comes after the company secured over $25 million in investor funding.
Not only is the camera perfect for selfies, but – at $599 USD – it’s also cheaper than comparable products on the market (for example, GoPro’s latest Karma drone starts at $799 USD).
Included with the camera are two batteries that are each good for up to 10 minutes of flight time (which, as Mashable points out, is two minutes longer than the prototype).
The camera can fly at up to 17 miles per hour, climb as high as 16 feet, and has a range of up to 66 feet.
The camera is controlled with an iPhone 5S (or newer) running iOS 8 or higher or Android phone running Android 4.4 or higher via an app. It’s reassuringly easy-to-operate, as it follows you, recording videos and snapping photos via advanced computer-vision technology.
Talking points include face-detection software to capture you on the move, a super compact design (it folds up to the size of a paperback book and only weighs half a pound) and reliable auto-follow and obstacle-avoidance features.
The flying camera (the company stops short of calling them drones) is the first in a lineup of upcoming flying cameras from the company.
So, now you know what to get the perpetually-posting narcissists on your holiday list this year. And, um, sign us up.