Wearables, drones and selfies! Three of tech’s biggest buzzwords, and we’re not out of the first sentence of the news story yet. And it’s all thanks to Nixie, a prototype device that’s just won Intel’s Make it Wearable contest.
Nixie is a small camera-equipped quadcopter. Now, there are plenty of those around, but this drone offers something none of the others can: it can be worn on your wrist like a watch.
Fly, my pretty, fly!
The quadcopter’s rotor arms are flexible and can be wrapped around your wrist to form a clasp. Then, when you decide you want to launch it, a gesture releases the clasp and Nixie takes off directly from your arm.
And now, here’s the selfie aspect: it’ll then autonomously film you doing whatever it is you’re doing (climbing a rock face or walking a tightrope are a couple of examples from the creators’ video). It uses Intel’s tiny Edison chip to avoid obstacles and keep you in its sights.
As we say, Nixie is still a prototype, and it could be a while before it’s available to buy. That said, its makers have just secured US$500,000 in prize money for winning the final stage of Make it Wearable (Nixie is one of ten finalists). Enough to fund production, we’d say.