Just when you thought you were finally content with your smartphone comes the newest invention that will make selfie sticks obsolete. The AirSelfie is the latest gadget you didn’t know you needed to solve a problem that you didn’t know you had. With a $3 million investment in hand, Edoardo Stroppiana, the co-founder of AirSelfie in London, launched a Kickstarter program yesterday to promote the first pocket-sized flying camera.
Smaller than a smartphone, the AirSelfie can fly up to 66 feet, connects to most smartphones, comes with its own self-generated WiFi and rechargeable battery, and even has its own in-flight stability system. In short, the AirSelfie is something else.
“Our team of 60 seasoned technology professionals and enthusiasts researched, designed and created a flying camera that exceeds all current standards,” said Stroppiana in a press release. “We saw an increasing need for a device that goes beyond a selfie stick, allowing users to take pictures from all angles, and we’re excited to introduce AirSelfie to Millennials and consumers around the world. It sets a completely new bar for the market.”
So, why would you need a flying camera? Well, the company offers up the following reasons.
- You can take group selfies (or “groupies” if you prefer) from up to 66 feet away vertically and horizontally, which will allow for getting the background in your shot as well as the people.
- You can take indoor or outdoor aerial photos from angles that would normally be unreachable.
- You can take video from perspectives that would be nearly impossible before.
- The device doubles as a monitoring camera when not flying.
- You can use the device as a work tool for time-lapse photography
The AirSelfie features a five-megapixel video camera and four enclosed propellers all housed in a lightweight aluminum case that measures 3.72 x 2.65 x 0.42 inches. The device also attaches to smartphones for easy storage. The AirSelfie operates using a special iOS or Android app that controls the camera’s movements with three different flight modes. It also has its own landing feature and a “selfie delay timer” function that will take a shot in 10 seconds — or you can have the camera take eight consecutive shots.
The camera comes with a 4 GB micro SD memory card and a 7.4v battery that will allow for three minutes of flight time. Finally, the AirSelfie also integrates seamlessly with social media accounts.
“People have the impression that camera drones are costly, difficult to operate and unwieldy,” added Stroppiana. “AirSelfie redefines the space with a device that’s small, light and easy to use. This Kickstarter campaign will enable the launch of a large-scale AirSelfie production in a matter of months. We have succeeded in developing a great product, and we can’t wait to share it with our growing base of AirSelfie enthusiasts.”
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However, with a price tag of $300, the AirSelfie may not exactly be affordable for all, but there is no denying that it sure looks cool and is a must-have gadget for anyone who wants to stay on top of the tech trends.
Stroppiana says that production of the cameras will begin once the Kickstarter reaches a threshold of $50,000, with the first 3,000 pre-orders of the product being shipped by March 2017. As an incentive to jump on board with this project, Stroppiana is offering a discount for early orders for the flying camera. More information can be found on the company’s Kickstarter page.
[Featured Image by AirSelfie]