What would make the average person in the street want a drone? AirSelfie may have the answer – taking better and bolder selfies.
AirSelfie has been described as the world’s first selfie drone, and its creators may have a point. DronePunks was able to catch a preview of the device in action and it’s impressively small, compact and easy to use.
Coming with four shielded blades, the device is the size and shape of a mobile phone. Was the device inspired by old metal-rimmed iPhones, though? Sadly not, says AirSelfie founder Edoardo Stroppiana. “[However,] the idea was to make something easily usable even for people who don’t know what a drone is,” he explains.
While there are cheap, camera-fitted nano-drones on the market, few can compete with AirSelfie for portability, safety, ease-of-use and sheer quality of design. The device weighs just 61g but comes with a 5 megapixel camera in its frame. It then packs away into either its phone cover or a powerbank, for easy, secure storage and travel.
The two packages on offer include either the AirSelfie and phone cover for £220 or the AirSelfie and powerbank for £229.
“We’ve worked very hard to create a product that everyone can use to live a totally new experience,” Edoardo said. “To be unveiling the product to the public is a momentous occasion for us and we can’t wait to see the amazing selfies people can now capture.”
The device does have some limitations, though. Maximum flight time is 3 minutes and the device must be controlled by Wi-Fi, with a maximum range of 66ft. Also, while the device will auto-steady if the controls are dropped, the device won’t be tracking your movements or following you – based on the added weight and bulk that would be required for the functionality.
So, what’s next for AirSelfie? The AirSelfie Plus is on the cards, which will come with additional functionality, such as the ability to take 360′ images.
The AirSelfie is available for pre-order here, with a global launch coming in May/June this year.