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 Jack Crossfire on January 26, 2013 at 4:58am

There is a wireless camera that small, but purely analog.  It wouldn't work with a phone.

Comment by Kal on January 26, 2013 at 10:42am
I think it's pretty telling that the only feature they actually demo in the video is that it can take off.

Vocal recognition doesn't strike me as the most difficult part as much as the image processing required to follow a person. Again, this is something that could be done on the phone, in theory.
Comment by John Wiseman on January 26, 2013 at 12:20pm

Supposedly they're using a Cortex A9 onboard, which is perfectly capable of running simple vision routines.  If you're clever about your algorithms (and especially if you have a NEON MPE you can leverage), it's doable.

It won't, of course, perfectly track anyone all the time.  But humans have difficulty doing that too :)

Remember that they're looking for someone to license the tech, so I'm guessing $49 is not the retail price.

Comment by Jack Crossfire on January 26, 2013 at 9:34pm

According to the gizmodo story,

it sounds like they're just squatting on the patent idea without actually making it work.  They want to charge anyone who makes it work a license fee.

Comment by Joshua Johnson on January 30, 2013 at 6:44am

Hey John Check out my new Page on Diydrones and New Mini heli video I'm trying to incorporate the voice control into my Heli and would love your help so I'm ready for Part 2 of my podcast next Wednesday.

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