Hover Camera, a drone that folds up to about the size of a book, is coming to Apple stores soon.
Zero Zero Robotics, the maker of the Hover Camera drone, today announced that the drone would be sold exclusively on Apple.com and in Apple stores for $499.95.
The drone carries a 4K video camera that can track and follow people, can be folded up to the size of a book and can hover as soon as you let it go from your hands. The drone comes with two batteries, a charger and carrying bag. The drone’s designers say safety is a huge priority for this drone. The carbon fiber enclosure design protects the propellers, a design move that could have prevented injuries caused by the sharp blades of whirring propellers, like the one Enrique Iglesias experienced last year after attempting to grab a drone onstage.
Following in the footsteps of products like DJI’s Mavic Pro, the Hover Camera is following a trend of smaller, more compact drones that can be easily folded for travel.
The drone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 2.3 Ghz Quad-Core processor. It uses sonar and a barometer to gauge its height. It has facial and body recognition. It runs 4K video encoding while at the same time electronically stabilizing the video to prevent shaking that comes with a hovering video camera. All that technology folds up to fit inside a backpack.
Hover Camera announced that it had received $25 million in funding back in April of 2016 from investors including IDG, GSR Ventures, ZhenFund and ZUIG.