Selfie Technology Taking Flight

27 Jan 2016

Move over selfie stick there is a new technology in site that is taking over and hoping to become the next big way people take pictures of themselves. The gadget in question is the new palm-sized autonomous drone called the ONAGOfly. This drone uses a GPS and uses technology to automatically recognize smiles and avoid obstacles. It is also going for an affordable weight.

Usually for drones the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has to be involved for self-flying drones. Of the nearly 300,000 drones most have registered with the institutions.

However the new drone is so miniscule that it does not to be recorded into the registry of drones as it comes it at only 0.3 lbs. The rules for the FAA are that 0.55 lbs or 250 grams is the limit that must be registered and this drone zooms right under that regulation.


 Release of the Drone

Right now the drone is listed at $199 on the crowdfunding website Indiegogo and it will be raised to $299 after the campaign is ended. The drone comes with sensors and there are other offers for 15 MP cameras and 1080p HD video. The way these drones fly is by throwing them up in the air and they began to take flight.

It has peer-to-peer live streaming and can be controlled through either an Android or iOs based smartphone. The control goes out to 66 feet for users.  The campaign has already made over $3 million from the self funded campaign.

Drone makers have latched onto the supposed selfie fad. The ONAGOfly seems like a promising endeavor compared to other drones. The campaign has promised that the drones will be delivered by March of 2016. This is a relatively fast turn around time and suggests that these drones are already in production and will be able to meet the new growing demand.

News like this can put potential consumers at ease, as they are reassured that the release of the new product will go smoothly. Other drones such as the Zano did not do as well, but with the fast approaching date there’s no reason to doubt the new drone company.


Primary Consumers

The primary consumer is of course anyone who likes taking pictures of themselves or their friends.  Just enthusiasts and hobbyist won’t use the drone; the goal is to transcend that group of people and put it for a market of regular users to use from their smartphones.

As the drone market begins to take traction, people can expect to these more of these smaller drones and larger ones taking to the skies. Regulators will be introducing laws and regulations as well as teaching safety and educating newer users.

The industry will be safe and hopefully non intrusive while it allows for accessibility for newcomers into the drone world. By this time hopefully public sentiment on the drones will be positive and people will see the many varied uses to this new and exciting breakthrough industry.