Portable, Pocket-Size Drone Targets Selfie Enthusiasts

AirSelfie has launched a pocket-size flying camera, a portable unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that integrates with smartphones.

AirSelfie’s 5-megapixel video camera and four propellers are enclosed in a lightweight (52 g) aluminum case that measures 3.72 x 2.65 x 0.42 inches – smaller than a smartphone.

The device attaches to users’ smartphones by using a special cover available for iPhone and Samsung. The cover contains a battery that can recharge AirSelfie in just 30 minutes. Users can also purchase an external power bank, which guarantees up to 20 full charges and allows those without a compatible phone to use and charge the drone.

To activate AirSelfie, the user simply removes it from its case and turns it on. The device connects automatically to smartphones via WiFi; the UAV creates the WiFi (2.4GHz) network itself, and then the aircraft is immediately ready for takeoff.

AirSelfie users can download the free iOS and Android app in order to control the device’s movements through three different flight modes. AirSelfie can be returned to its departure point either manually or automatically. When users are finished using the device, they can press the button labeled “slide to land,” and AirSelfie descends and turns off. Users can also directly reposition the device by hand with no risk of damaging it or themselves.

Using the “selfie delay timer” function, users can take timed photos – giving them up to 10 seconds to get into position and hide their smartphone so that it doesn’t appear in photos. They can also take up to eight consecutive shots. In addition, AirSelfie’s technology integrates directly with social media in order to make it easy to post photos and video directly to accounts.

AirSelfie comes equipped with a 4 GB micro SD memory card and a 260mAh 7.4v battery that enables three minutes of flight time.

“Our team of 60 seasoned technology professionals and enthusiasts researched, designed and created a flying camera that exceeds all current standards,” says Edoardo Stroppiana, co-founder of AirSelfie. “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.”

AirSelfie has been available for pre-order via Kickstarter since Nov. 17; delivery is slated for March 2017. As of press time, the drone has garnered more than $100,000 of support on the Kickstarter campaign.

Next year, AirSelfie will hit the market for $300.


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