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Drones

Hey, Hey, We're the Dronies! Flying Eyes Get Social, Snappy

LAS VEGAS -- CES 2015 -- I'd be remiss if I didn't alert you to the cutest drone phenomenon I've seen at the orgy of consumer excess here in the home of Glitter Gulch.

A British company called Torquing Group Ltd. has created what it calls the ZANO "selfie" drone. The development has been funded by a Kickstarter drive that raised more than £2.3 million (US$3.5 million).

You can get an idea of the scale of the tiny drone below:

Smile, It's Zano!
Actually it's a pretty sophisticated photography system that could be used for way more than selfies. But, hey, it's a cute angle right?
Actually it's a pretty sophisticated photography system that could be used for way more than selfies. But, hey, it's a cute angle right?

"A plethora of sensors work seamlessly together to allow ZANO to avoid obstacles, hold its position and know exactly where it is in conjunction with your smart device, at all times," the company says.

It has a 5-megapixel camera on board and can be controlled by a tilt of your iOS or Android device. If the battery gets too low or it gets too far out of range, it heads back to the device.

The company is selling the ZANO as something that can fly above your head and take cool "selfies" of your activities. By the way, if you don't take the selfie, is it really a selfie? Or would this be a "dronie"?

Obviously, a smart and small drone photography platform could have more applications than that, though. Can you think of any, readers?

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

Phil_Britt 1/8/2015 | 9:53:33 PM
Re: Selfies With my luck, I would say stupidest idea ever. I could just see one of these things hitting me in the eye (could be the dangerous Christmas toy for the Ralphie of 2015).
kq4ym 1/8/2015 | 11:23:29 AM
Re: Selfies There seems to be lots of those micro drones now coming out of China. They still seem to be more of a toy than anything practical at this point. Untill the FAA comes out with some rules and regulations for these remote controlled aircraft later this year, it's going to be anyone's guess as to what will be allowed for commercial and hobbyists use and where the drone industry may go from that point on.
Mitch Wagner 1/8/2015 | 11:14:13 AM
Selfies This is either the stupidest and/or coolest idea ever. 
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