Snap just revealed a $230 tiny drone that follows you around and takes your picture.

Published: May 3, 2022
Updated: May 3, 2022

Snap has unveiled a $230 little drone that follows you around and snaps pictures of you.

Mini Snap Inc has released a pocket-sized drone that can take selfies by flying in front of and above its owner before landing in the palm of his or her hand. It costs $230 and is sold in the United States and France.

Snap Inc. has developed a replacement for modern self-cheap filming’s phone stands and awkward outstretched arms: a yellow, square-shaped flying camera drone that costs $230, weighs about a quarter of a pound and hovers around to automatically film you. “What would it feel like if Tinker Bell was your personal photographer?” was the original inspiration for the Pixy pocket-sized drone. In an interview, Chief Executive Officer Evan Spiegel said. 

“On the one hand, you have these large, potentially dangerous drones that must be controlled manually via remote control. On the other hand, you have a phone that isn’t capable of flying.” Pixy can land in the owner’s hand on its own after filming. The photos are automatically uploaded to the owner’s Snapchat account. It is currently available for pre-order in the United States and France and will begin shipping in late May.

After five years since the launch of its AR glasses, the Snapchat Spectacles, Snapchat has released a new social media-oriented hardware. Snap’s newest product is a small drone that follows you around and takes photos of you. It’s one of the unique products because it’s small and light enough to fit in your pocket, and it takes off from and lands on the user’s palm.

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According to a Verge report, Pixy costs around $230 and is available online in the United States and France. The drone was unveiled at Snap’s Snap Summit, where the company made a slew of announcements centered on augmented reality shopping, among other things.

What is Pixy, and how does it work?

A bottom-facing camera on the Pixy drone allows it to take off and land in the palm of its owner’s hand. The front-facing camera must be aligned roughly at eye level as it takes off, and it will then track the owner as they move around. To end the flight, the owner simply extends his or her palm and hand to the Pixy, which will safely land on the palm.

The Pixy drone requires no complicated setup and does not include a separate controller. On the top of the device is a small dial-like control that can be used to select one of the five pre-programmed flight paths for the drone to follow.

Hover, in which the drone takes off from a user’s hands and hovers in front of them as their personal photographer; Orbit, in which it orbits around a user in a circle; Reveal, in which it flies back to reveal the user in a broader perspective; Follow, in which it will follow a user as they explore the world; and Favorite, in which it will complete a 10-second Hover in photo-only mode.

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Pixy: Everything You Need to Know

The Pixy mini-drone is equipped with a single 12MP sensor camera and 16GB of storage. It has the capacity to store up to 100 videos or 1000 photos.

Pixy will not take off if the storage is full. The LED will flash red, and a notification will appear in Snap to indicate that the storage is full. 

According to a report, the user will then need to empty or import photos and videos to Snapchat memories in order for Pixy to fly again. The Pixy will fly five to eight times on a full charge, with each flight lasting between 10 and 20 seconds. Additional batteries are $20 each, and a $50 portable dual-battery charger is available from Snap.

The captured video and photos are wirelessly synced to Snapchat’s Memories section, where they can be edited. Although the Pixy does not record audio, Snap allows users to add music from their library. Snap has also included a selection of Pixy-specific AR effects

Snap has even added an auto-crop feature that quickly converts horizontal footage into Snap’s signature vertical orientation, centered on the main subject. The Pixy is available for $230 (roughly Rs 17,603) in the United States and France.

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