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Almost everyone seems to have at least a slight fascination with quadcopters. Look no further than the AR.Drone from Parrot at CES which despite little to no changes in their presentation for the last couple years manages to draw a crowd every time.
Always Innovating has a slightly new spin on the idea with their wee quadcopter above known as the MeCam. So what sets this lilliputian flying machine apart from its larger cousins?
First of all the MeCam isn’t controlled using either a traditional remote or by pairing it to a phone app. If you gently toss the MeCam into the air it will simply hover in place. From there the user can opt for voice commands or a standing follow-me order to keep their flying companion in line.
The central function of the MeCam, as the name suggests, is as a camera and the resulting video can be streamed to an Android or iOS device and then shared out to the social network of the users choice.
The last major differentiator is that Always Innovating believes that the MeCam could be brought to market for around $49 which is seems like a steal when compared to the $299 AR.Drone. The catch is that they aren’t planning to release the MeCam themselves so final say on the cost isn’t up to Always Innovating and the earliest they anticipate someone getting it on shelves is early 2014.
Certainly the MeCam isn’t going to be for everyone, but it’s one of those things that just sounds like a hell of a lot of fun to play around with regardless of practical utility. Always Innovating also stresses that it is built on open source software and hardware so I’m sure a community could quickly sprout up to squeeze every last ounce of functionality out of its diminutive form.
I’ve gone scorched earth on the blog as I just wasn’t writing anything here and in looking things over a bit as I started to work on a new post I realized that the old content wasn’t really anything that needed to be out there anymore.
I started the blog writing mostly about Android, which led to my job at Android and Me over two years ago. Naturally I stopped writing about Android here at that point and never really locked down where I was going with the blog after that.
The posts I did get around to writing were usually projects that I was working on, but that led to my only posting every couple months and really what’s the point in that. So I’m starting over fresh to use this as just my general outlet for any tech related musings I have that aren’t specifically Android related, but are more than 140 characters.
My goal is to share one cool thing I find every day whether that’s a website, an app or hardware. I started this site because I love all things tech and this new direction seems like the best way to ensure I keep sharing and expanding my own tech horizons.