Ever since the word “selfie” entered mainstream in the last year or two, there is a small portion of the population which seems interested in bringing “selfie” to a new level by letting people operate their own personal drone in order to shoot movies of yourself from the sky. Enter the Nixie, which seems to be really only half-baked, but let’s take a look:

 

I am not at all sold on the idea of a “personal drone that follows you around”. Maybe it’s because the quadcopters / drones I’ve flown are rather susceptible to crashing into things. I wouldn’t call this an easy problem to solve either. Until these aircraft have very impressive abilities to detect obstacles…. including, most notably, other people, who probably don’t take kindly to getting hit in the face by a propeller, these things are going to have a bit of an uphill battle. I don’t want to be too pessimistic, but honestly I think these things are at least a few years off.

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