MeCam $49 helicopter follows you and streams live video to your Android

January 24, 2013
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A company you've probably heard of before called Always Innovating is working on a pretty awesome little project for smartphones. It's called the MeCam and is essentially a mini helicopter they're calling a Nano-Copter complete with video recording and streaming capabilities. The MeCam is designed to follow you around and record every moment. You can stream that video right to your Android phone and even share it to your social site of preference or YouTube.

This is instantly one of those "shut up and take my money" devices because it looks awesome. One of the biggest features that sold us instantly was the two ways in which the MeCam operates. No controls are needed and you simply use voice-commands for operations and maneuvers. The second being their "follow me" feature where the Nano-copter will literally follow your every move once synced to your smartphone.

The best part about this quadcopter is Always Innovating hopes to eventually sell this unique device for just $49. So how does it fly? It launches from your hand and will hover instantly using the patented 3 stabilization algorithms. Two which are auto-pilots, and the third being an impressive video stabilization feature. This is how it manages to always stay upright, level, and hover with ease. Check it out:

The MeCam will be your own personal paparazzi, or your cheaper alternative for Google Glass - since that will be costing an arm and a leg. If you want to record your every moment on vacation with ease, the MeCam could do just that. Sadly we have no details on battery life or camera quality, but the device runs with a 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9 processor, 1GB of RAM, micro-SD for storage, and WiFi/Bluetooth is also on board. The company hopes their initial design and multiple models with varying camera capabilities and battery life will hit the streets in 2014. Pretty neat right?

[via Liliputting]


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  • Xavier Spruill

    I can’t wait for the NSA to start using these bad boys :D

  • Zoid

    Ever since I saw “The Beast Master” back in the 80s’ I’ve envisioned having some personal drones that would roam around me allowing me to expand awareness. Very glad this technology is advancing so quickly.

  • Reginald Spence II

    Wow… Pretty sweet. Especially the function for the price.

  • kenyee

    I give it 10min of flight time…15min at best :-(
    I’m hoping for 2hrs though :-)

    • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

      True.. Hopefully at least an hour or two.

  • Reginald Spence II

    Kinda reminds me of those flying cameras in Half Life 2 that were always up in your face come to think of it. I hope they don’t have blinding flashes.

    • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

      haha. HL:2 FTW

  • Micksup

    If this gizmo gets on the shop shelf for 49 quid,then i’ll eat my own head???? Noo chaaaance! its a great idea,but expect it to end up around £180 atleast! battery will be 10 mins. or a mini lithium ion for ££. cool li’l gadget though.

  • Tiwanaku

    Don’t tell the boss

  • Paul Helbert

    I’ve got a little helicopter with a LiPo battery the only gets about 10 minutes. I doubt this and get much more than that. But I want one.

  • http://paranoimia.co.uk Paranoimia

    Yeah, I’ve got several r/c helicopters of varying sizes and not one of them flies for more than 10 minutes on a single charge. Looking at the size of that, it’s not going to do much better.

    A very neat idea, and a cool little toy, but ultimately nothing more than a gimmick gadget.

    • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

      Hey I have one of those.. it charges off the remotes AA battery though. So this could be better, but not by much. We’ll see

  • Nicholai

    unless it can fly for 2 hours its useless.

  • Pocketwhale

    and then a gust of wind came…

    • http://www.facebook.com/douchenutz.mcgee Christopher Charles David Gate

      like you ever leave the house anyway.

  • PapatowtyHantam

    Someday maybe these gadgets can run in an atom of uranium with a half life to power it up essentially forever.

  • Matt

    This is the most stupid and pointless thing I have ever seen or heard of in my life. What a pointless waste of time and the earths resources.

  • mkb

    can design as an emergency situation — just like the one in Delhi recently,,,, Where it would link to 100 and stream videos to concerned…..

  • Roger Fournier

    “Ingenious, I need one of these to work in Tijuana B.C. Mexico!!!” “Via smart phone:Nexus 5-KEY LIME PIE 444″ “EL TORERO”

  • eddie

    Can I get 6 of them to follow me in formations so I can do some matrix style cuts

  • http://profiles.google.com/monteslu Luis Montes

    Interesting that they can price it out already when they’re not shipping for at least a year. Would rather they just billed it as a cheap mini quadcopter with a camera instead of some dumb social media picture taker.

  • Aspergillus

    Sweeeet! Want! Where to get it and when!

  • amir

    it’s good

  • http://twitter.com/RossSclafani Ross Sclafani

    PORN, DUH.

  • http://silverfang77.tumblr.com/ Silver Fang

    It’s cute, but who would actually buy something and have it buzz them all day long, taking pictures and videos of their every move?

  • DumDum

    serial killer sadists would love this..Watch me work! and from the back, no I.D.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TimGray4 Timothy Gray

    “If you want to record your every moment on vacation with ease, the MeCam could do just that. ” in 5 minute snippets with a 20 minute gap between them. I know how big that LiPo battery is and the run time for such a device is…. 5 minutes before you damage that battery, so it’s 5 minutes run and a 20 minute slow charge. Toy only 100% useless for their claimed uses.

  • Fee

    Powered by a cell that harnesses wind energy and the rotors provide the wind, a 10 minute charge from the grid fills the start up battery and is only used to power up, much like a car with a yellow top optima battery. This is what I am hoping for ;)

  • http://twitter.com/hamcake Robin Hillman

    They don’t show a video from the copter camera. Show me that, and prove to me that the video is coming from the actual copter, then I’ll be interested.