Everyone loves a good selfie. Worldwide, women are constantly snapping and re-snapping selfies for that perfect angle and lighting. Well, look no further ladies.
MIT and Cornell researchers have developed a flying flash drone that connects a light meter, photographic flash and continuous light source, giving photographers perfect shots from any angle.
Although not intended for flawless selfies, the robot takes into account the subject and position to create the perfect lighting in any situation.
“The challenge was the manipulation of the very difficult dynamics of the UAV [unmanned aerial vehicle] and the feedback from the lighting estimation,” researcher Frédo Durand said. “That’s where we put a lot of our efforts, to make sure that the control of the drone could work at the very high speed that’s needed just to keep the thing flying and deal with the information from the lidar [the UAV’s laser rangefinder] and the rim-lighting estimation.”
More importantly, this is evidence that a robotic flyer can work well with a human subject, a question that had been lingering for drone enthusiasts. Seems like all that’s left is for us to purchase a drone… how much do those things run?
Read more about the drone on TechCrunch.