MeCam: A $49 voice-controlled quadrotor

 

The MeCam is a $49 quadrotor without a remote control--It can either be controlled via voice commands, or you can put it in "follow me" mode.

 

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Comment by Geoffrey L. Barrows on January 25, 2013 at 8:40am

Smoke test.

Comment by John Moore on January 25, 2013 at 9:08am

Will believe it when I see it.

Comment by John Wiseman on January 25, 2013 at 9:18am

Everything about it seems within a factor of two-doable to me.  Does something about it strike you as obviously not doable at that price?

Comment by Geoffrey L. Barrows on January 25, 2013 at 10:43am

I did say "smoke test", not "impossible". :) I think though many of us raise an eyebrow at using the wrong conjugation of the verb "to be", specifically using the present tense form "is" when the future or conditional tenses are more appropriate.

Comment by Daniel Chote on January 25, 2013 at 11:17am

I could almost believe it, but the video seems like a spoof.  I think the price-point seems right for just the board+cpu, but adding motors+camera+lipo to that would add another 25-30 dollars.  I think the biggest "umm, no" for me, is how do you cancel out the noise of the motors AND the airflow from an onboard microphone well enough to do speech recognition, the CPU cycles required to noise cancel would be a LOT, not to mention different pitches for all 4 motors, so I would assume the voice recognition is either really poor, OR its using an app on your phone, and then even with processing offloaded to the phone, BTLE doesnt have enough BW for video, and having a wifi peering with video would kill a small lipo battery too quickly to be viable.

Comment by John Wiseman on January 25, 2013 at 1:01pm

Yeah, I'm assuming the phone is doing the speech recognition.  I've done voice control of a drone, and even when doing recognition on the phone the noise of the motors when it's within 20-30 feet is still a problem (though I was using larger motors).

Comment by Jack Crossfire on January 25, 2013 at 3:18pm

If only there was really a wifi camera that small.

Comment by John Wiseman on January 25, 2013 at 3:54pm

Jack, have you seen the AR.Drone's camera?  It looks like it's probably 1.5x the size of the one from the MeCam photos in each dimension, and it came out what, three years ago?

Comment by Dave Wicks on January 25, 2013 at 8:56pm
The camera I attached to my QR ladybird was exactly that size and to be honest this setup looks very similar. I do however find the price point to be very unrealistic.
Comment by Dave Wicks on January 25, 2013 at 9:04pm
From developers site:

"One click panoramic"

"Perfect at first try"

If this is legit, I'll take two!

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