A fair bit of drones are popping up with the ability to follow you around, along with the ability to be folded up for ease of transport. But what if you’ve got a drone with both capabilities and the added bonus of being super safe? then you’ve got Zero Zero Robotics‘s Hover Camera drone.
The Hover Camera drone, is obviously built for taking photos and video from the air. But this is one you can safely snag out of the sky whenever you feel like it, because the propellers are completely enclosed within its foldable carbon fiber frame and thus making it essentially impossible for you to shred your fingers on its four blades.
Coming in at just 238g, the little drone is quite compact. When folded its about the size of a cassette tape and relies on your smartphone to work as its controller.
The app it runs on not just controls the drone’s camera but it also lets you live stream video from the drone or copy a downgraded version of the video to your phone. Downloading the videos in their native 4K resolution will need you to plug it in to your computer via a USB 3.0 Type B cable.
Other specs for the drone include a 13MP camera with dual tone flash, 32GB internal memory alongside a downward facing 3MP camera which serves to stabilize the drone. It also makes use of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Flight platform to run. However, the battery is fairly small, capable to last about eight minutes per charge.
The drone will be capable of roughly smartphone camera quality images and video; but might be a bit better as its still getting its image stabilisation fine-tuned by the company.
The Hover Camera is still undergoing beta trials but the company says they’re aiming for a price tag below $600, to be released sometime this Summer. Probably won’t be seeing the drone anywhere locally but its still a nice (and safe) drone concept we can get behind.