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November 6, 2014

Flying camera wins Intel Make It Wearable challenge

Nixie claims the $500,000 prize for wearable camera that can fly and take pictures.

By CBR Staff Writer

Selfie drone maker Nixie has won the Intel Make It Wearable challenge, winning the $500,000 prize for creating a wearable camera that can fly and take pictures from different perspectives.

The Intel Make It Wearable challenge was aimed at encouraging wearable makers to create devices using Intel Edison technology.

The Nixie team consisted of Christoph Kohstall and Jelena Jovanovic, who created a small drone with built-in camera engineered to be used as a wrist band and to sync with the user’s smartphone.

With user gesture the drone can fly off and take photos from different angles in the air and return to the ground. The prototype flying wearable weighs a tenth of a pound and is capable of capturing HD quality images.

It is also capable of taking pictures in a panoramic mode, a "follow me" mode where the camera follows the user, and a "hover" mode to capture high shots.

The second spot at the Intel Make It Wearable challenge was grabbed by Open Bionics for making a low cost 3-D printer, while the third spot went to ProGlove for making an enterprise invention that seeks to reduce physical work stress and reduce workplace mistakes.

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