As the name might entail, a wearable drone combines the sophisticated technology of a drone with the convenience of packing down to the size of a wearable. Your typical drone setup comes in the size of a remote control helicopter that can be carted around via suitcase. They are not necessarily that big in the first place so one might be asking, what is the purpose of a wearable drone?
The answer at this point is undetermined, but that can be attributed the limited availability of what the market has to offer. Below is a list of some existing reasons and some potential reasons wearable drones can benefit our current tech industry. Also, you will find some useful information on what we can expect from wearable drones over the next few years.
Behold the Nixie!
The Nixie is exactly what we are talking about when we are talking about wearable drones. Simply put, it is a camera equipped drone that can be compacted down into a slappable wrist band.
As a quadcopter drone it can fly up to one it’s programmable angles and snap a photo before landing back in it’s intended position. Nixie can also follow the user around and be controlled with the ease of a smartphone application. It has been nicknamed the “selfie drone” as this is it’s primary function. Though it is not yet available on the market for consumer purchase you can expect to see this coming soon for a price just over that of the GoPro.
Obviously, this wearable drone is potentially great for any kind of situation that you cannot reach naturally or with the help of a selfie stick. Snapping a perfect photo during any number of outdoor exploration such as rock climbing or mountain hiking can be done easily with the help of Nixie. This will also create a safer space to be creative as it essentially functions as a crane shot so you can stay grounded but also scout that next destination or capture that perfect sunset.
What This Means For Photography
It’s all about access. With the help of the Nixie wearable drone we are entering into an age where technology is offering us greater access to professional looking results at a price a consumer can afford. Much like the GoPro we will be able to achieve video or photos that would have been way too expensive to even consider before. Home productions are looking more and more like studio work with every new tech advancement.
Potential Uses For Wearable Drones
Though the Nixie is the only real example we have of a wearable drone, one might surmise from it’s design and functionality where this kind of tech is headed. The race to take your typical technological gadget and make it smaller serves a couple different purposes.
Weight/Convenience – Literally, smaller things are more convenient in most situations. The less cumbersome a piece of tech can be the more people are going to be inclined to use it. It makes travel easier. If wearable drones posit themselves as convenient the more of them you will see in public, thus the more of a necessity they will become.
More Hidden – The possibility of having a concealed wearable drone should be an intriguing prospect to many industries. Obviously, there is a great number of potential military uses for a hidden drone attached to one’s wrist or packed tightly away where it cannot be easily seen. However, cameras tend to alarm people no matter what the situation, so for a job such as a news crew you can imagine this little gizmo being very useful. No one need to be alarmed with the use of a hidden drone for coverage purposes.
Seeing as how our introduction to wearable drones is the Nixie and that device is not yet available to us, there is a limited amount of information to report. Most of what we know is speculative or hypothetical. This does not mean that there are not some obvious conclusions to draw from its invasion into the tech industry, nor does it mean there are not fun ways to imagine it can be used. One should expect to hear lots more about wearable drones over the course of this year and as we know more we will be able to expand our understanding of the potential uses for it.