Nixie is a tiny, wearable quadcopter that’s ready for flight anytime, anywhere. This “gadget” is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.
When not in use, Nixie can be worn around your wrist just like a watch. When that photo worthy moment arrives, you can pop the copter off of your wrist and it’s ready to fly.
If you want to capture your adventures while mountain climbing, biking, hiking or just want to achieve a new perspective when taking photos with friends, Nixie allows you to do so in a whole new, hands-free way.
While this copter is still in development, it has generated quite a bit of buzz already.
Features and Specs
Nixie’s straps unfold to create a flying quadcopter that can take aerial photos and videos of you and then fly right back to you. It offers you a whole new way to take selfies in a hands-free manner that is sure to impress even the biggest techy.
The tiny wearable drone features a rotating camera in the middle of its body to capture photos and videos from unique angles and perspectives.
Because the drone is still in development, very little information about how the copter is controlled has been released. From what we can see in the promotional video, it looks as if the camera will be controlled through your smartphone.
Like many of the drones being developed today, Nixie will offer autonomous flight. In other words, the drone will fly on its own without any input from you, the user.
The promotional video also hints at it being able to follow the user and will return to the user on command.
No details on the battery life or technical specs have been released yet, but users will be able to switch between different modes to get that perfect shot. Modes include continuous movies, selfies and panoramas.
Nixie is the brainchild of Christoph Kohstall who wanted to create a drone that you could actually wear. Along with a team of experts in physics and design, Christoph created Nixie. The team has since become finalists in Intel’s Make It Wearable Challenge.
If the team should win the contest, they would be awarded $500,000 to help turn their concept into a reality. The winning team will be announced on November 3, 2014 at the Make It Wearable finale event.
At this point in time, the quadcopter is still being developed and only a prototype is available. It’s difficult to speculate what the cost might be to own a Nixie simply because there’s nothing to really compare it to.
We’ve seen quite a few tiny drones being developed and marketed for consumer use as of late, but this one changes the game.
While most of these drones are very tiny, they still need to be put into a backpack or purse of some kind when carrying them from one place to another.
Nixie straps right on your wrist like a bracelet or wristwatch. It’s by far the most portable drone concept we’ve ever seen.
Because it hasn’t really been tested by anyone in the public or media, we still have no idea how well this thing flies or what its limitations are. In the promotional video, we see a woman rock climbing at great heights and effortlessly sending her drone off into the air behind her to capture the moment.
It’s exciting to see such a fantastic drone concept that truly does make it easy to capture any moment at any time. Even if the developers do not win the contest, you can bet that investors will be lining up to see this project come to fruition.