Selfies have come a long way since some Australian dude claims to have coined the term after a big night out in 2002. Myspace was essentially a gallery of high-angle self-portraits of serious teenagers, smartphones fed into the trend by introducing front-facing cameras, and selfie sticks allowed tourists to widen the angle of their view while compromising both their own safety and the general well-being of the people around them.
And now, here we are, at the dawn of a new age in the selfie evolution. Enter the ROAM-e. Created in Australia this year, the ROAM-e is what would happen if you crossed a selfie stick with a drone; it’s a flying camera specifically designed to capture the memorable moments of its operator from above.
It does this through facial recognition instead of through a device, never straying more than three metres from its subject – your mug – when in ‘selfie mode’.
The 1080p flying camera can follow its owner (goodness, that feels weird to say) for up to 20 minutes and is no bigger than a bottle of water. So what does this mean for travel? Well, it seems like a pretty good way to capture some of those hands-free holiday moments like bike riding or sipping wine while also holding a canapé. Plus, you can live stream your adventures in case anyone sitting at their computer thinks they *might* be having a better time than you. (They’re definitely not.)
According to the below instructional video, you and your group of very attractive friends are going to want to have the ROAM-e on hand next time you have a hybrid BMX/dance party in an abandoned warehouse.[media_embed]https://youtu.be/qD1uWJJRYKw[/media_embed]
ROAM-e units will be available for sale by early August, and they can be ordered online now for $499AUD. Go ahead and express yourself(ie).