After all, purpose hovering drones buzzing over our heads and hover boards taking us from one point to another almost effortlessly here we present Hover Camera. Yes, you heard it right guys but the question is how unique is this hover camera?
Hover Camera is the flagship product of Zero Zero Robotics, founded by Meng Qiu Wang (Founder and CEO), a robotics company pioneering the future of smart flying robotics. It is the first autonomous consumer-friendly flying camera of its kind that’s truly safe, portable, and easy-to-use. It uses face and body recognition to follow you around capturing selfies with 13megapixel, 4K video, and 360-degree panoramic video from exciting perspectives without the hassle of being tied to a stick/wearable gadget to control it. Rest making you look cool among your circle is the bonus point.
The company hasn’t set a price yet for the lightweight drone (240 grams) but will cost around the US $600 which you can pre-order this summer. Start saving up 🙂 but in the meantime, they are allowing content creators to apply to beta test Hover Camera at www.GetHover.com.
Here’s the scoop on how the Hover Camera works, as described by Zero Zero co-founder and CEO Meng Qiu Wang :
“It has two cameras. The front viewing cam
the era is a 13-megapixel camera that records video, but also has Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM), an algorithm that allows it to determine where it is. It also has a down-facing video camera, running an algorithm called optical flow, that looks at the ground at 60 frames per second, so the Hover knows when it moves and can correct itself. These visual sensors are giving inputs of actual position and speed, meanwhile, the accelerometer and gyroscope give relative position. All these signals are fed into the flight control algorithm, so when I throw it up in air, it can just hover there.
“When I want it to follow me around, it is using facial and body recognition to follow me and make sure I’m in the frame. It can follow anybody I choose. In the final version, though not just yet, it will do a 360 scan around itself and pull out all the faces, they pop up on my phone, then I can choose which person to follow automatically. Or I can control it manually with swipes and other gestures.
“This approach differs from the Lily Camera and the Phantom 4. Lily does most of its tracking with GPS, so you have to wear a device on your wrist.
“The Phantom 4 is running a lot of visual computation, but it relies on motion tracking, that lets it follow a car, say. We are running body and face recognition.”
CEO Meng Qiu Wang further adds that currently, the company has more than 80 employees, with offices in Beijing, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, and San Francisco. This setup wouldn’t be working over just a hover camera project right… so we are anticipating Zero Zero Robotics is up-to-something huge for future.
So here we leave you to watch the details of Hover Camera: