Unfortunately, This New Drone is Pretty Much Useless

Filmmaking's hottest gadget gets the vanity treatment.

There is now a drone specifically designed for selfies. It was bound to happen at some point, but did it have to happen like this?

There's a lot going on in this ad. I don't know how many of you have ever been to one of these cool, underground breakdance or bike-around-in-a-circle parties before, but it seems like an inappropriate time to break out a $400 piece of flying video equipment. Video equipment may be a bit of an exaggeration, however, as the Roam-E is more like a glorified selfie stick. Perhaps most troubling is the shape of the drone, which as The Verge so eloquently points out, looks like a "flying phallus."  

The Roam-E.

Aside from its unfortunate form, the design is clever enough. It's the first drone of its kind to feature collapsible rotor blades, making it easily transportable. It uses "high-tech" facial recognition technology to track users to get that perfect social media angle. It can fully charge in two hours and is capable of staying in airborne for 20 minutes at a time; as a result, it can take "perfectly uninterrupted panoramic shots" from its 1080p camera.

You can live-stream from the camera, too. It's controlled by an app where you have not one but four flying modes: selfie (of course), pilot, scout, and navigation.

Just the tip.

It's still an awful lot of trouble to go through for the sake of a "hands-free selfie." Not to mention an awful lot of money, especially when you consider the Chinese electronic company Xiaomi's plans to release a $460 4K raw shooting quadcopter later this summer. (That's a $60 difference.)     

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Good. Good. Let the hate flow through you.

June 28, 2016 at 11:18AM

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Timothy Cook
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You put my thoughts on this article into words better than I ever could have.

Amazing times we live in. Yes it looks like a penis, yet it is still an amazing bit of kit when you think about it.

June 28, 2016 at 12:17PM

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The set is ridiculous and it looks like a flying bottle of Head and Shoulders. But, it is pretty neat on some level. Not really a tool for me, but whatever.

During the whole video, I kept thinking a somersaulting leg kick was going to take it out, a la Pelé.

June 28, 2016 at 10:25PM

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scott stoneback
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There's this which seems somewhat more useful http://gethover.com/

June 28, 2016 at 4:10PM

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They will be making a fortune from the share price while you guys cry about it lol

And so will i

June 28, 2016 at 9:55PM

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Simon Duffell
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I don't like the design... Don't know why. For me, it looks like a flying vibrator (may be used as one).

June 29, 2016 at 1:40AM, Edited June 29, 1:40AM

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Nico Saiger
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