“The Wearable Selfie Drone: Nixie is a wearable drone that captures your activities on the fly”
It’s called the Nixie, and it’s a wearable camera that you can snap off your wrist and turn into a mini quadcopter. The Nixie is actually still in development, but it’s a finalist of Intel’s Make It Wearable challenge, a competition to encourage the development of innovative wearable technology.
The drone will eventually “recognize where you’re standing, snap a picture, then return to the wrist, like a futuristic paparazzi boomerang,” as Gizmodo put it.
It’s designed to detect your presence and fly around you, pointing its camera to film your exploits — ranging from tourism to mountain climbing, as the video below shows. The project is part of Intel’s Make it Wearable contest, and uses an Edison chip to track you and avoid obstacles. For now, it’s just a delicate prototype that can fly off your wrist and not do much else. But it’s scored a $50,000 finalist prize from Intel, meaning our dream of having aerial footage of all our hum-drum activities could finally come true — yes, we are that vain.