If you are a selfie-freak, and are looking for out-of-the-world selfies, you must realise that the selfie craze has been around for long many years. The first-ever selfie was taken by Robert Cornelius, an American photography enthusiast in October 1839. But, technology is now working to ensure that you need not bend across and risk your life for that once in a lifetime 360 degree selfie while standing at the end of a cliff.
Welcome to ROAM-e – developed by Australia-based IoT group headed by Simon Kantor – a personal flying selfie machine the size of a water bottle that uses smart facial recognition technology to follow its owner around, never more than 3 metres away. It can fly for 25 metres now and has twin rotors on the top with collapsible blades. That ensures you can pack it into your backpack.
ROAM-e will hover around you and take all the pictures you want for 20 minutes. After that it needs to be recharged for two hours. While ROAM-e goes into production in August, it could well be the Christmas present that you always wanted to give. Says Ian Duffell, executive director: “We have an exceptional, Australian developed product that will excite the worlds’ retail and consumer space to deliver a quality experience in the Selfie consumer Space.”
At $ 399, it is a tad expensive, but expect prices to fall once production and demand picks up. But, ROAM-e is not new. In 2014, there was Nixie, a wearable camera that took pictures hands-free. It remains to be seen whether the hands-free selfie market takes off.