Making your significant other take your photo is so 2015. Zero Zero Robotics is planning to launch its new selfie drone, the Hover Camera, this year. The small drone weighs only 238 grams and shoots 4K videos, as well as 12-megapixel photos. What's neat about the Hover Camera is its ability to follow a person around using Zero Zero's AI algorithms that use facial and body recognition to track a person around a room. That custom AI work is implemented through Qualcomm's Snapdragon Flight platform.
What's not neat, however, is that the drone — though it doesn't have an exact price yet — will cost at least several hundred dollars while its battery lasts only eight minutes. Zero Zero says it'll give users multiple batteries per order, but still, that's barely long enough for a full-fledged photo shoot. Though the cost is steep, Hover Camera at least has a cool design and looks really sweet floating in the air. It's a personal drone selfie buddy! Hover Camera will be put up for preorder later this year, though Zero Zero has already manufactured 2,000 units, which it plans to use to start a beta program.
This isn't the first drone to track people around a room, either. Lily, a startup, is also accepting preorders on a drone that users can toss in the air and then follow them around. It shoots 1080p video and 12-megapixel photos. Even two years ago, AirDog announced its plans to release a drone that follows users around through the use of a wrist-worn remote.