Snapchat has introduced its own Drone, Pixy, capable of recording videos or capturing photos in selfie format in the simplest way. Just take it out of your pocket, extend your hand, let it fly and it will just stand in front of the user.
Pixy is a drone capable of recording the user following him and returning to his hand automatically
Pixy is a square drone, of a compact size, made of striking yellow plastic, with its four propellers protected to avoid accidents, with a front camera and another located in the lower part, while in its upper part it has a wheel of selection of pre-established programs of flight patterns.
It represents a second step for the social network in the world of hardware after its Spectacles smart glassesreleased in 2016, but this time revolutionaryly replacing selfie sticks with a drone capable of capturing images from a greater distance, autonomously and without requiring outside help. Pixy is also capable of following the user, taking photos or videos and gently returning to the palm of the user’s hand, where she will land gently.
The Pixy camera has a 12-megapixel resolution sensor and can take 100 videos or 1,000 photos that are stored internally in its 16 Gb capacity memory. The captured footage can later be synced to the Memories section of the Snapchat app, where it can be edited. Pixy lacks a microphoneso the videos will require the subsequent addition of the audio track, selecting it from among those available in the application itself or recording it by the author himself.
This photographic drone has six pre-programmed flight patterns accessible from a built-in dial on top. All you have to do is select one of them for Pixy to take flight, capture images and return to the user’s hand, so it doesn’t need a controller or remote control, it can’t even be controlled from the Snapchat app.
Thanks to a ventrally positioned camera, Pixy is able to detect the surface over which it flies, and thanks to its front camera detects the user’s positionwho must extend his palm in front of him, with said camera focusing on him, so that the drone is able to detect him and follow him if he moves.
It is compact in size and light in weight (barely 101 grams), and can be stored in the back pocket of pants. The weight, precisely, is something to take into consideration if it is used outdoors since with a strong wind there could be a problem.
For now Pixy can only be purchased online in the United States and France for a price of $230. It has interchangeable batteries (additional batteries cost $20), each of which is capable of providing five to eight 10- to 20-second flights.