MeCam- $49 Drone Could Be The Future of Aerial Videography

MeCam UAV Aerial Camera System

Amid the chaos that is the annual CES show, San Francisco based Always Innovating introduced a nifty little personal drone that could very well be the platform for the next generation of affordable aerial cameras. Dubbed the MeCam, the device is described as a “self video nano copter to point-and-shoot yourself.” MeCam is launched from the palm of your hand and will follow your movements (without remote) all while streaming the video to an Android or iOS phone/tablet. Videos can then easily be shared via various social networks like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

The MeCam is based on the Always Innovating Cortex-A9 SoC Module which can run from 1.0GHz to 1.5GHz depending on the configuration. It’s the world smallest module available on the market that offers GHz Arm-based CPU, 1GB RAM, SD card, 2.4GHz/5GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The camera is mounted to a nano copter platform with 4 spinning blades which keep the copter afloat. The copter has 14 different sensors which allow the device to maneuver around corners and other obstacles while following your path. The MeCam will also operate via basic voice commands.

Always Innovating does not intend to produce the MeCam but offers it on a licensing basis. The MeCam is still in development but a first licensee could hit the shelves by the beginning of 2014. Like all other Always Innovating products, the MeCam is based on Open Source and Open Hardware.

At a target price of only $49.00 USD, the MeCam would no doubt fly off shelves the same way the GoPro did when it was released. What will be particularly interesting is seeing who might license this technology for professional video use. Can you imagine powering up a drone for your aerial shots rather than hiring a jib/crane? a With a 4k capable GoPro Hero 3 running $399.99, one would think a pretty decent camera/copter combo could be sold for under $1k. While certainly no match for the OM-COPTER Drone, this technology may very well fuel the development of affordable aerial camera systems.

About the Company:
Founded by serial entrepreneur Grégoire Gentil, Always Innovating leverages the latest developments in open source technologies worldwide to create innovative products that solve real problems for consumers. The company is based in San Francisco, California.

MeCam Flying Camera System

 

One Response to MeCam- $49 Drone Could Be The Future of Aerial Videography

  1. Kurt A. Underwood Sr. says:

    Where do I get one?

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