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Video: Flying Camera Is Your Personal Paparazzo
3/4/2013

The palm-sized MeCam, based on open-source software, will follow you around and shoot video.(Source: Always Innovating)
The palm-sized MeCam, based on open-source software, will follow you around and shoot video.
(Source: Always Innovating)

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Elizabeth M
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File under: "What will they think of next??"
Elizabeth M   3/4/2013 7:46:05 AM
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Wow, that is quite an invention. Personally, I'm not sure my life is interesting enough for this sort of thing (although I guess that depends on your definition of "interesting") but I am sure the new generation of young people who are comfortable sharing every detail of their life with their friends online will love this product. It's like a flying Go-Pro on steroids!

apresher
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Flying Camera
apresher   3/4/2013 1:50:43 PM
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Excellent find.  The idea of a personal paparazzo is an interesting one, but I can see that engineers might find this very useful.  Definitely need more details from the company on this capability.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: File under: "What will they think of next??"
Ann R. Thryft   3/4/2013 5:10:20 PM
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I agree with you about that, Elizabeth: I'm not sure how far this app will go. I suspect it's more of a teaser to get attention from developers.



Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Flying Camera
Ann R. Thryft   3/4/2013 5:12:06 PM
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Al, I'm interested in what else it could be used for as a design platform. Although it's small and cheap, there are reasons for this. First, Parrot's iPad-controlled flying video game AR.Drone 2.0
http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1392&doc_id=238273
costs about $300 and is well-loaded with cameras, accelerometers and gyrometers, and WiFi communication. Second, many of the flying robot prototypes
http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=249645
the military and others are investigating are based on hobby machine platforms, the volumes of which have driven down component price/performance ratios. And third, quadrotors, also called quadricopters or ornithopters, have been adopted as a design platform for a wide range of tasks, often performed in swarms by devices that don't look much bigger or more accomplished than the MeCam.



Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   3/4/2013 7:20:55 PM
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Seems like there might be an intersting defense application in this technology, for peeking at remote locations.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   3/5/2013 5:22:43 AM
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Chuck, that sounds like a much better idea than a flying paparazzo...I was thinking also that a military application might be good, or other types of surveillance (although not where they might be people around, as they would probably notice a flying camera buzzing about!). And what Ann said about it being a design platform for other applications actually makes more sense than what it was actually designed for. Although I'm sure some people will find this quite cool to have their personal paparazzo shadowing them. :)

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Flying MeCam
apresher   3/5/2013 9:03:41 AM
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Chuck, Maybe I'm caught up in the marketing hype but I like the idea of this as a consumer product: the MeCam.  I can definitely see this flying around the house or office, "spying" on friends, family and co-workers. At $49, the price point is not that bad especially if it flies well. The military market is already full of this kind of equipment and they only want the best.

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EricMJones   3/5/2013 9:12:12 AM
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So tell me: Does the Second Amendment give one the right to arm one of these?...subject for discussion.

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Flying camera
radio-active   3/5/2013 9:18:12 AM
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I don't see much in the way of a battery -- what is the run time measured in -- 10's of seconds?

But wouldn't a fleet of these be perfect for NFL games? The wired cams they use now just don't cut it.

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Battar   3/5/2013 9:18:37 AM
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Lets be realistic: Youtube is full of ox-droppings, and this can only contribute more of the same. In the real world, this device won't be used for serious purposes. The first place I would expect this gimmick to be put to use is in the womens locker room.

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