Selfie sticks are so 2015 — selfie drones are in!

Selfie sticks are so 2015 — selfie drones are in!
Yes, the selfie sticks are here to stay — no matter the fact that many people view them as a symbol of shallow narcissism and the oversharing culture, make fun of their users, and that they have been banned from some public spaces due to the potential dangers they pose if swung around. In fact, they are evolving into something that can actually be even more dangerous, if not also more ridiculous to watch if it becomes a fad.

Meet ROAM-e – a drone designed specifically for selfies. This little fellow's job is to always hover around you, either to take the perfect photo or to live stream the footage. The device employs facial recognition technologies to keep its eye on you and will, at default, not stray further than 80 feet (25 meters); it also has a Follow Me mode, which will keep it following you at a constant distance of 10 feet (3 meters). To round its functions off, there's a panoramic mode, which has the drone spin around and deliver a 360-degree shot. ROAM-e costs $349 and is shipped within 12 weeks of delivery.

The drone would tether to the user's smartphone, presumably being able to work with both Android and iOS. Its camera is equipped with a rather modest 5 MP sensor and ROAM-e can fly for about 20 minutes on a 2-hour charge.

So, on one side, this is kind of cool. Bloggers and hikers could use this as a pretty cool way to add some spice to their footage, or record a part of a breathtaking hike. And at the price of $350 for a 5 MP camera and 20 minutes of flight time, it's obviously more of a tool for early adopters. However, once this tech becomes slightly more affordable, we can see how urban areas could quickly become “no selfie drone” zones.


source: IoT Group via SlashGear

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13 Comments

1. Landon

Posts: 1242; Member since: May 07, 2015

A selfie stick being swung around or one of these hitting you while in flight...I think I'll go with the selfie stick, not matter how much I despise them.

3. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

Plus you can use the selfie-stick for self-defense :p

6. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

For Selfie nerds... I mean these selfie craze gadgets never make sense to me.. We have all we need in our phones without the need of carrying extras, just need a swift voice assistant and with wide angled front cameras nowadays it convenient anywhere anytime without.. Pulling off stances... *The crazy gadget world smh.:-/

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Now I can make some Casey Neistat-esque vlogs!

4. kumarabhishek591

Posts: 150; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

2016*

7. kumarabhishek591

Posts: 150; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Sorry didnt read title properly

5. legiloca

Posts: 1675; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

2015 was when we saw the rise and fall of Selfie Sticks and Hoverboards lol! and now this?

8. artificialintelligence

Posts: 166; Member since: Dec 05, 2015

$350 for a tampon with propellers what will they think of next

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

its huge (see pic.3), have strong vibration, and big battery.. I guess lots of female will love this "selfie drones"

13. canner

Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

they look more like baby hands to me lol

10. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

The human race must consider how gimmicky selfies are these days.

11. MyJobSux

Posts: 106; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

Its what society has become. Very "me" centered. It will probably get worse. I figure in another year or two we will see add-on features for cars, bikes, etc from the manufacture for cameras that will record you as your using their products. Then maybe airlines will do the same and you can pay a fee to take selfies as you fly or even vblog. I'm waiting for the day I walk into a room and everyone of those idiots is talking into some sort of camera about what t hey are doing. I don't know what is sadder, the people who require others approval that their life matters or those who feel their life sucks so bad that they must live the life of someone else by watching them on YouTube.

12. alcheng

Posts: 27; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

looking forward to see how these flying stupid things crashing into each other....

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