Nixie is a wrist watch like thing that becomes a camera drone when you want it to be. And it only takes a gesture to set it off. It is a little quadcopter drone that is able to take video or pictures in the air. Nixie isn’t available in the market yet but it is almost there.
Competing against more than 500 other participants, Nixie’s developers became the winning team in the development track of the Intel’s Make It Wearable competition on November 3, 2014, thus securing $500,000 in seed funding to develop Nixie into a product. The developers stated their goal to develop the drone into the next generation of point-and-shoot cameras.
It weighs < 45 g (0.1 lb), captures full HD images or video, and syncs with a smartphone. The overall goal for the project was stated as building a light, portable, and user-friendly drone that could serve as a “personal photographer”. Accordingly, the drone was named after a playful water spirit Nixie of Germanic mythology. In the media, Nixie has been described as a “wearable selfie drone” and as a “wearable camera drone”. The developers emphasized that Nixie is intended for taking framing-worthy pictures and videos, not only selfies.
Even though a wearable camera drone was suggested to have applications in rock climbing, mountain biking, and other adventure sports, in November 2014 the developers announced plans to market Nixie to a niche audience of rock climbers first, before expanding to a general audience.
Sensors and motion-prediction algorithms are used to guide Nixie along one of four pre-programmed paths for taking photos or video, namely, boomerang mode, panorama mode, follow me mode and hover mode.