First Wearable Drone Takes Flight

Posted on Sep 29 2014 - 9:59am by Eric Tompkins


As Congress and the FAA continue to discuss the parameters of drone use, a widening array of them are already taking flight. A new exemption has been granted for Hollywood, only the second after one was granted to BP earlier this year. This latest exemption greatly widens the scope for commercial drone use. According to Fortune, 40 other companies have filed for exemptions to the ban under section 333 of FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.

Given the favorable leanings mentioned above, new drone concepts go from merely being novel experiments to much more imminent threats to our privacy. We are already being tracked by an on-ground matrix that aims to capture our image for storage in the FBI’s new nation-wide biometric database. Now we apparently will have to dodge flying cameras as well.

A new invention seeks to merge drones with the booming trend of any sort of wearable tech or “augmented reality.” That’s right, why not a wearable drone?

As part of Intel’s Make It Wearable contest, Nixie is being described as a “futuristic paparazzi boomerang” that can leave your wrist, take photos and return for delivery.

While the video below naturally focuses on capturing all of those potential cherished moments not to be missed, it doesn’t take much imagination to see how this could become just one more tool in the military arsenal, not to mention the militarized police on U.S. soil.

Team Nixie is developing the first wearable drone camera, which can be worn around your wrist. The team will be presenting their prototype for the Intel Make It Wearable Challenge Finale on November 3, 2014 in San Francisco. Learn more about Make It Wearable and follow the race to the finish line at

To find out more about Team Nixie, see their work at or follow them on

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