There are more and smaller drone used for selfies, such as the Lily Camera, AirSelfie Drone and the Hover Camera Passport. Two engineers, Omar Eleryan and Simon Czarnota from Calgary, Canada, founded the company Cleo Robotics, has developed a new mini-sized selfie drone that is to be internationally debuted in this year’s CES 2017 in Las Vegas, where they claim that their product will be the most intuitive, most elegant and safest drone. Well, let’s find out if what they claim is true or just an exaggeration.
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The Cleo drone is a combination of the design of a helicopter and a rocket, fusing to become one bizarre tire-shaped drone. The spherical fuselage of the drone has a pair of rotors underneath it, covered with protective bars to increase safety. The Cleo is able to capture high-definition video despite its palm-sized size. The aim of developing this small drone is to make it easier for the user. With a single tap of a button on the drone, Cleo is able to shoot 360-degrees panoramic videos and stills with bird’s-eye view, creating a perfect selfie.
“Initially, we’re going to launch a camera drone,” he said. “But we think the possibilities for the technology itself go far beyond personal photography.”
The Cleo drone can be fitted with infrared or thermal software to aid in emergencies. A firefighter can use it to detect lives that are trapped in burning building. This can help prevent firefighters to be in harm’s way by detecting whether there are people inside.
The drone only weighs 65 grams and has a diameter of 9.2cm and height if 3cm. It can be controlled using the user’s smartphone by connecting it to the drone via Wi-Fi, as well as videos and photos can be directly transmitted to the user’s phone. The images taken by the 14 MPx front camera can record videos at 1080p 60 fps. The battery life is around 20 minutes and takes around 30 minutes to be fully charged.