Nixie took the grand prize at the Intel Make it Wearable Challenge, and for good reason. The team came up with a wrist mounted flying camera. They’ve just raised half a million dollars in funds from Intel so we’re going to take a look at the prototypes that landed them the victory against 9 other extremely innovative teams.
Nixie is a wrist worn flying wearable camera which basically means it is an advanced Quad-copter that provides instant camera activation with the flick of your wrist. The goal is to enable beautiful aerial photography. Team Nixie hopes that you’ll be able to capture more of life’s special moments since you can activate the camera in just two seconds.
Nixie will have several modes including Boomerang Mode which will take a photo and return to your wrist, and Hover Mode which will follow you autonomously. On top of patenting the wrist worn drone concept, they are also working on making the drone controllable via unique gestures. When you flick your wrist to launch Nixie, the intensity of which you do it will indicate how far away you want the drone to be from you while taking the photo. The feature that we’re all waiting for though, is that upon returning you, instead of catching it with your hand, it will remount on your wrist like a falcon.
Take a look at their entry video into the Intel Make it Wearable Challenge.