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Nixie: A Tiny Flying Camera Drone You Wear On Your Wrist

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If the idea of a wearable camera drone seems downright strange to you, you’re probably not alone, but a new wrist-mounted flying concept camera called the Nixie makes this strange idea seem both possible and completely logical.

Nixie was born as part of Intel’s Make it Wearable (MIW) Challenge, a competition that seeks to push wearable technology to new and more creative heights — and judging by Nixie, one of the finalists, it’s succeeding.

Like a camera watch with propellers, Nixie (in theory) could detach itself from you with the flick of a wrist, fly a few feet away, take your picture (or a panorama or a movie), and then return to your wrist in something resembling a gadget you might have seen in Minority Report.

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If team leader Christoph Kohstall, project manager Jelena Jovanovic, and team member Michael Niedermayr win the top prize, they’ll go home with half a million dollars from Intel to try and turn the Nixie into a usable, marketable reality.

There are, of course, many challenges to overcome before something like this would be possible. But there was a time when that flip-out communication contraption on Star Trek seemed out-of-this-world…

To find out more about Nixie and the team behind it, head over to the Make It Wearable website by clicking here.

(via Gizmodo)

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