It looks like a notebook cooling pad and is foldable like a book. But hidden inside the carbon fiber grid are four, according to first testers very loud propellers that turn this thing into a smartphone controlled, flying – or rather hovering – camera. Let me introduce: the Hover Camera.
Not Your Typical Kickstarter Drone Project
Yes, one can actually claim that the Hover Camera is different from current endeavours to bring flying cameras to the masses. Like the AirDog, the Hexo+, the Zano, the PlexiDrone, and hundreds of others who either look for funding or, in rare cases, have already been shipped to buyers.
First of all, the Hover Camera is – at this point – not a crowdfunding project. So if you feel the urge to hit the “Back This Project” button after reading this post, you cannot. What you can do is to join as beta tester which, since “crowdfunding fatigue” has become a word, is a great trick to get people’s attention.
Second point: it looks different. It’s far from living up to the claim of being “elegantly designed” but at least the Hover Camera doesn’t look like the typical camera drone.
Thirdly, although the ability to auto-follow has become a common thing among newer drones, the Hover Camera does so by facial and body recognition. Not by GPS because there’s no aboard.
Finally, while not uncommonly, this flying cooling pad weighs less than 250 grams and thus can “fly under the radar” of the FAA.
Naturally, Zero Zero Robotics doesn’t give away too much information at this stage of the project. What can be said is that the Hover uses a Snapdragon 801 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Processor and comes with a 13MP camera that shoots video in 4K. Another downward viewing camera helps the camera to gauge its position.
According to TNW the estimated price is going to be $600.
More info: gethover.com