Aussie-made ROAM-e is the world’s first flying selfie drone with built-in facial recognition. The invention is the brainchild of 27-year-old Australian entrepreneur Simon Kantor and his Sydney based startup IoT Group. Described as a selfie stick on steroids, the camera is designed to fly out in front of you, capturing 360-degree photos and videos as you walk, run, dance, ski, you name it!
Light and compact, the ROAM-e doesn’t resemble your average drone; it looks more like a flying water bottle. “It follows you from in front of you, not behind. It follows your face,” Mr Kantor said. “You’d never take a selfie from the back of your head,” he added.
ROAM-e remembers you by taking a 180-degree “fingerprint” of the front side of your face. The device will follow you for up to 20 minutes in the air and charges in just two hours! Operated through your smartphone with live streaming capabilities, you’ll never miss a moment of the action.
“Since its launch, we have been working with retailers locally and globally and production is gearing up now with early production units expected to be ready by early August, ramping up to 50,000 per week to meet demand in Australia, Japan and the US,” Mr. Kantor said.
Like it or not, it looks like the selfie evolution is here to stay. We predict ROAM-e will be top of the Christmas list this year and we’re stoked to see the results and in particular how the device will impact the extreme sports industry.