As IEEE Spectrum reports, you may be seeing your own personal drone on shelves soon, and the small price tag will make it accessible to everyone.
A company called Always Innovating is working on a palm-sized robot called MeCam that is capable of autonomous flight. Four rotors keep it in the air as it follows you around and shoots video, which it then can stream to your smart phone.
The hardware can run from 1.0GHz to 1.5GHz depending on the configuration, which also packs in 1GB RAM, an SD card, and 2.4GHz/5GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities.
Other features include 14 sensors that keep it hovering safely, voice control, and a video stabilization system. The company says it could potentially be available “by the beginning of 2014” at a $49 price point.
MeCams would be great for hikers – you could send one up to get help or see the lay of the land.