Snap announces mini drone called Pixy

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meet pixie, Snap’s little flying companion. Pixy is a mini drone that can act as a camera assistant when you can’t ask someone to film you. It’s yellow, cute, and will be available in the US and France for $229.99.

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“Today we take the power and magic of Snap Camera – spontaneity, joy and freedom – to a new level. A new camera that matches the limitless potential of your imagination. Meet Pixy, the friendliest flying camera in the world. It’s a pocket-sized, free-flying companion for adventures big and small,” Snap CEO Evan Spiegel said during the conference call. Snap Partner Summit keynote.

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Pixy is no ordinary drone as it doesn’t have a controller or an SD card. It feels like the company has optimized the device to be easy to pick up and get to work. There is a button to activate the device and a camera dial to select flight mode.

There are four pre-configured flight paths. You can tell the Pixie to hover, circle around you, or follow you as you walk or run. You select the desired mode, press the button and Pixy flies out of your hands.

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When you want to stop recording, you put your hand under the drone. The pixie will automatically land on your palm. And here’s what it looks like in action:

For readers who like specs, Pixy shoots 2.7k videos and 12MP photos. It is very light as it only weighs 101g with a replaceable battery. On one charge, you can capture from five to eight flights.

Once the drone finishes capturing video, you can open Snapchat on your phone. Videos from your flights are automatically transmitted wirelessly to your phone. By default, they are stored in your Snapchat Memories.

Of course, you can view these videos, edit them, send and share them. If you are already familiar with Snapchat’s editing features, you will be able to use the same editing tools for your Pixy videos. You can also apply some effects to your videos like Hyperspeed, Bounce, Orbit 3D and Jump Cut.

And that is all. It’s a neat little drone and the Snap team behind this project seems to have had a lot of fun developing it. It won’t change the profits of the company, but definitely chilly.

However, Pixy doesn’t have many use cases. In many places, you cannot legally use drones. For example, drones are banned in Paris. Not only some areas, but the whole of Paris. Similarly, you won’t be able to use it when you go to the Grand Canyon National Park as drones are also prohibited there.

But if you think you absolutely need something like Pixy in your life, you should act fast. Snap implies that Pixy won’t be available forever. You can buy it while stock lasts. pixie.com.


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