Selfie Bots are here…

With the advent of GoPro and the ever present “teletubby” (as skiing friends like to call them), selfie sticks, and the glut of personal photos jamming up the interwebs, more and more people are interested in capturing their greatest athletic or fashion moments on camera–and sharing them.

That unbridled narcissism has  led to the creation of a new “Selfie Drone Bot.” Yep. You read that right. A flying bot that follows your every move and films your actions–developed by a small company in France, called Squadrone System. The idea came from–you guessed it, adrenaline junky snowboarders and skiiers wanting to document their every crash, Christie turn, and jump.

Squadrone started their project off on Kickstarter–where they met their $50,000 goal in less than an hour. As of today, the project has garnered $1.3 million.

One intrepid IEEE Spectrum writer took a trip to Grenoble to find out how the selfie drone got its start and test it out.

While he found that there were some issues with the little camera-copter, (quick direction changes and stops can derail it a bit)–the drone performed reasonably well.

And who knows—maybe once they get the kinks straightened out we wont have to worry about accidents like the one that took off a reporter’s nose at a local TGIFridays. (oops).

For more on the drone check out the video below.

HT IEEE Spectrum for the lead.


Abigail Bassett

Abigail Bassett is a full-time freelance journalist, content creator, and television and video host whose work has appeared in publications like Forbes, Fortune, Automobile, Motor Trend, Money Magazine, and on CNN. Her passion is telling unique stories using a variety of media and taking the visitor places that they have never been–whether it’s into the cockpit of a rare supercar, inside an exclusive home or hotel, or behind the scenes of a fashionable event. She is also a Yoga Alliance Registered 200-hour yoga teacher.

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