Meet The Hover Camera — The Smart Personal Drone
We’ve seen a number of personal lifestyle drones appear in the past year. Almost all these drones sport smart features such as “follow me” and “hover around point” and were designed primarily as selfie drones. Some unique designs, such as the Fleye Drone, even come with impressive safety features such as fully-concealed rotors.
The Hover Camera is the latest to join this growing fleet of personal lifestyle drones and it stands out for a few good reasons — it has safety, portability and practicality at the top of its list. It is also one of the more sensible designs around when it comes to personal drones.
While some models such as the Lily Drone and the recently released Skye Orbit may impress with a spec sheet full of intelligent features, they are somewhat bulky and complicated as personal drones. Many even have exposed propellers that are a safety hazard and can be a pain to store and transport.
The Hover Camera seems to have addressed all these issues pretty well, striking a fine balance between practicality, size and features.
However, if placed alongside more impressive-looking drones such as the Lily or Fleye, we reckon the Hover Camera would get the limelight sucked out of it. The Hover Camera has a rather unassuming squarish all-black form factor which doesn’t look like much until you discover what it can actually do.
Hover Camera features
- 13MP stills and 4K video
- 32GB internal storage
- Dimensions: 182 x 132 x 32.5mm
- Face tracking
- 360-degree panoramic videos
- Hovers automatically (assisted by optical flow sensor and extra camera for self-steadying)
- Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS)
- Carbon fiber enclosure
The Hover Camera can be folded in like a book when not in use — a neat feature that allows it to be stored and transported easily. When folded, it can fit nicely into most bags without looking too awkward. It also weighs 238g — a whisker below the 250g minimum weight limit set by the FAA for drone registration.
With such features, weight and size, the Hover Camera is truly one of the best personal drone designs we’ve seen so far and one that will probably go the full distance from concept to final production. In an industry driven by hype and occasionally vaporware, it stands out as a very sensible product.
The company that developed the Hover Camera — Zero Zero Robotics, is now looking for beta testers and expects to release it this summer. No price has been announced yet but we expect it to sell in the $500 price range in line with its rivals such as the Lily.
To find out how to become a beta tester or to learn more about the Hover Camera, visit the Zero Zero Robotics website at gethover.com.