The Drone That Fits in a Smartphone Case Just Got Some Serious Upgrades

Better camera. More memory. And nearly double the flight time.

November 21, 2016 9:00 am

Update May 3, 2018

Around a year-and-a-half ago we told you about AirSelfie, the phone-sized flying drone that does just what it sounds like. At initial reporting, the company had not yet hit their Kickstarter goal of 45,000 (almost $54K); today the page reports their goal was met nearly 13 times over.

Now, they’re launching AirSelfie 2, with vastly improved camera specs (12MP compared to the 1’s 5 MP), and four times the space on the stock SD card, which now provides 16GB. Perhaps most important are the additional two minutes it can spend in the air, bringing the total flight time to five minutes.

Buy one today for $50 off the retail price of $249.95.

When Coca-Cola unveiled its “selfie bottle” earlier this week, we thought the selfie zeitgeist had reach an all-time low.

Sadly, another contender has reared its pint-sized head.

A flying quadcopter that fits inside a custom smartphone case to charge, the pocket-size AirSelfie is outfitted with an HD camera that users can control with an iOS or Android app.

Equipped with fans that allow it to hover so it can capture the perfect shot, the drone can fly itself or be piloted by its owner using a virtual joystick to heights of up to 65 feet. Able to take pictures or video, the AirSelfie can fly for three minutes and recharge in 30.

Made for people who were “uninspired by one-armed selfies or the selfie stick,” the AirSelfie lets users get “wide-angle photos, indoors and out, from a totally boundless perspective: the sky.”

As cool as the notion of a wallet-sized drone is on first glance, it literally does nothing but take selfies. Accordingly, we wouldn’t pay a plugged nickel for one.

Seems the money-spending public disagrees, though: the AirSelfie is well on its way to meeting its $48,000 Kickstarter goal at $190 a pop.

A sad day for selfie-respecting people.  

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