You are a follower of selfies and you want to take the height with dronies? The Hover Camera Passport we discovered at CES 2017 should become your new friend.
Remember the Lily drone? This quadcopter that follows you to film you with its function follow me. Since then, many drones have been set up and we have been able to meet the Hover Camera Passport, a foldable and compact drone that is carried everywhere with you. Its design does not mean a drone, but rather a bird that would be enclosed in a cage. Because the propellers are protected, impossible to cut their fingers on takeoff for example.
The drone is capable of filming in 4K and its camera is stabilized numerically. Its face recognition algorithms facilitate the flight in perfect autonomy, but the drone does not know how to avoid the obstacles. We are finally in the presence of a totally autonomous flying camera. Except that if we talk about autonomy, the Hover Camera Passport comes with only 8 minutes of flight time. It is shot, very shot!
It can fly at speeds up to 17mph (about a third of what the Phantom is capable of), but while you can take a big drone and fly it up to a mile away from home base, Hover Camera recommends that you keep the Passport within 65 feet (20 meters) of your phone. A short battery life is a big reason for that.
The Hover Camera Passport is available at 599 dollars, or about 600 euros once the various taxes are added. It is a bit expensive compared to a Bebop 2 of Parrot which has recently equipped with automatic tracking features and which is much more powerful.