Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 14, 2014
There is a trend towards micro drones that are so small they could actually become wearable! We've already covered the incredible Nixie 'drone watch', which we hope will be available to purchase within the near future but another project that is gaining a great deal of interest is Anura. This drone is a little too big to be wearable, weighing in at around 4oz (114grams), but it's small enough to be 'carryable', depending on the size of your pockets!
The Anura doesn't need a separate remote, instead it can be controlled via an iOS or Android smartphone and live footage can be streamed via built-in wifi. For such a compact gadget it does also have several pretty neat features such as 1-click auto-land and 'return home'. Presumably the 'return home' allows the Anura to behave like a boomerang in the event that it is nudged out of range, perhaps by a strong gust of wind, or flies out of sight.
The major draw-back is battery life. When in operation, the Anura only lasts 15 mins before it needs another charge. As is the case with so many smart devices, battery technology is often the limiting factor that turns a great product into an average one. If only the 'poor relation' of tech hardware could get its act together!
Earlier this year Tesla announced plans for what it called a 10-million-square-foot “Gigafactory” that will make car batteries. The sheer scale of the operation, combined with extensive R&D will, it is hoped, have a trickle-down effect resulting in far cheaper, lighter and longer-lasting batteries not just for electric cars but gadgets of all kinds - including mini drones!
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