We are living in an age of rapidly advancing technology, especially when it comes to cell phones, now mostly referred to as smart phones. Arguably one of the most popular features of smart phones is the camera, which has led to the staple of the selfie, or taking a picture of yourself. Some even say this has evolved into an art form, and one company known as the Torquing Group, Ltd. has taken this art to a whole new level with the Zano Camera Drone.
This drone is sure to be a hit as the company launched a Kickstarter campaign to get funding in order to put the prototype into production. Their goal was only £125,000, yet they have raised over four times that amount with just over a month to go in the campaign.
The Zano Camera Drone is just what the name implies: a miniature drone capable of flight and equipped with a 5 megapixel camera with 720p video resolution, microphone, and video and image stabilization technology. It weighs in at a whopping 55 grams. The Zano Camera Drone is a truly unique marvel. The camera is actually capable of 1080p resolution, but that probably won’t be realized until newer models come out.
It connects to your smart phone via Wi-Fi and is expected to have an app developed for Android and iOS. It is capable of autonomous flight and the camera functions are controlled through your phone. The sensors within the Zano Camera Drone assist in obstacle avoidance. When connected to your phone, all you have to do to move it is tilt your phone and it will move in that direction. The on-screen controls allow you to move the drone via on-screen joysticks or sliding bars which allow for the control of altitude as well as rotation.
There is a Capture mode as well as a Free Flight mode and you can even set the device to hold its position a certain distance away from your phone. It is tethered virtually and even when following, it will maintain the distance set. All of this allows you to take pictures or videos at a distance, without the assistance of anyone else, so if you want to take a selfie from 10 feet up, you can.
Torquing Group, Ltd. originally began making mini drones for military and police applications, but are now making this a public device for personal uses. There are several advancements already in the works, such as the capability to control multiple drones at once for multiple angles of capture. There is still a lot of work to do in refinements, but this is sure to be a hit. Once everything has been perfected and the unit adjusted to comply with applicable laws concerning their use, there is little doubt that this device will go flying off the shelves. Production is slated May of 2015 at this point, so you will just have to be patient until then. The company is already working furiously on improvements on the prototype, so the production model is certain to have more features than already described.