While making a decisive fashion statement, now your wearable can steer you in the right direction, heat you up or cool you off, or even will fly off to take your picture. The Nixie is a robotic fashion statement and your very own aerial photographer too. A drone which flies in the air, buzzes around above your head, snaps your picture using a small built in Polaroid and then, having accomplished it all, returns back to your wrist.
Even it’s in the prototype phase, Nixie managed to be crowned as the finalist for the Intel competition organized to challenge designers to bring change to the future of wearable technology.
Wearable Technology is About To Get Really Interesting
At SXSW, Adam Pruden also shared different ideas for future implications of wearable drone technology from UV protection that shares as a belt to pollution filtering covers and can be easily incorporated in an outfit. He also suggested these gadgets will be a regular staple by 2030.
If you are a watch lover and a gadgets freak, Nixie is the ultimate choice for you. Though it does not display time but who knows, maybe it will include a small LCD screen in future. The wearable inculcates anything on your body which could be your head, neck, leg etc. But wrist sounds a good idea as it is not only easily accessible and viewed but also enables you to attach different items.
The construction of this magical gadget is quite simple and like any other Quad-copter it contains four propellers attached to its arms. The center along with battery and control board also carries a Polaroid camera. At present it is regarded as the selfie taker only but the future for sure holds commendable potential for the device.
Predictably, Nixie will be loved by the grownups and kids alike as there is nothing more attractive than a cool toy which can be used as a wearable. The drone will be a phone controllable device and it’s like any other accessory you wear to enhance your personality.
It is a light weight drone weighing less than 0.1 lb., and will have ability to sync with smartphones and capture HD pictures and videos. As it is in developmental stage, it lacks durability and design perfection. The purpose behind this project was to develop a portable, user friendly drone which can be used for personal photography.
Nixie is a combined effort of Christoph Kohstall, holding a PhD in practical Physics and serving as the CEO of the project, Jelena Jovanovic, who is the program manager at Google and holds the position of COO of Nixie, and last but not the least Michael Niedermayr ,who is a motion prediction algorithms and engineering specialist and acted as a team member.
This wearable drone is expected to be used in rock climbing and other adventure filled sports.
The competition organized by Intel earned Nixie a significant funding which will aid the designers in propelling their innovative little surprise soon to the markets.