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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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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.

Ann R. Thryft
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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.



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.



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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.

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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!

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