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Nixie wearable selfie-drone is competing t win an Intel contest

Here's one wearable you might actually want.


Eric Geller


Posted on Sep 26, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 12:37 pm CDT

Wearables are cool. Drones are cool. You know what’s really cool, though? Wearable drones.

This exciting combination of two of the most interesting developments in personal technology is the brainchild of a team led by Christoph Kohstall. They’re competing in Intel’s Make it Wearable contest, and their drone, Nixie, is one of the finalists.

The quadcopter that Kohstall and Team Nixie built is, in Kohstall’s words, “a flying wristband.” With a single gesture, the user deploys the quadcopter, which then flies a short distance away, turns around, takes a picture, and flies back to the user’s wrist.

The group built Nixie using Intel’s modular Edison chip. A demo video shows a mountain climber deploying the drone while scaling the side of a mountain, a situation that perfectly demonstrates the appeal of photography drones to chronicle experiences without interrupting them.

“We all have moments we want to remember,” says Nixie project manager Jelena Jovanoic. “Nixie takes the picture that you wish you had always had, but couldn’t, because you didn’t want to stop the action.

The winner of the Intel wearable technology contest’s “development track” will be announced on November 11.

H/T Gizmodo | Screenshot via YouTube video

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*First Published: Sep 26, 2014, 5:40 pm CDT