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Wearable Drone provides for follow me technology in the “selfie” age

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

Remember the Nixie Wearable Quadcopter and camera, which was in the hunt to win Intel’s Make it Wearable Design competition? Envisioned to be worn around the wrist and deployed with a simple tap, the Nixie could bring follow me technology to the selfie age. And it looks like Intel was impressed enough, because the Nixie won the competition, flying away.

Today Nixie was named the grand prize winner of the Intel Make It Wearable challenge, a global initiative that Intel announced at CES 2014 to fuel creativity and challenge innovators to evolve personal computing using Intel Edison technology. Winning the $500,000 grand prize, Nixie is the first wearable camera that can fly, unfolds and takes flight on cue to take the perfect shot from unique perspectives. – Intel announcement

The Nixie wearable quadcopter won the half million dollar prize, plus access to industrial mentors and venture capitalists in order to make Nixie for the consumer market. Second only to a cool bionic arm that was 3D printed from a home 3D printer (which took home a well-deserved $200,000 runner up prize), both designs were lauded for their ability to integrate Intel’s new low-power Edison processor. And while the grand prize winner may be ideally suited for the modern age of Instagram photos and GoPro-style action videos, it’s good to see that Intel acknowledged the runner-up as being able to provide amputees with bionic limbs for under $1,000.

Both ideas are sure to change the world in dramatic and unforeseen ways, as one will provide yet another tool for filmmakers and action geeks to capture the moment, and the other will provide those suffering from amputations a lo- cost alternative to recapture a normal life.

You can check out the award presentation here.

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Chip Shot: Nixie Wins $500,000 Grand Prize in Intel Make It Wearable Challenge

Today Nixie was named the grand prize winner of the Intel Make It Wearable challenge, a global initiative that Intel announced at CES 2014 to fuel creativity and challenge innovators to evolve personal computing using Intel® Edison technology. Winning the $500,000 grand prize, Nixie is the first wearable camera that can fly, unfolds and takes flight on cue to take the perfect shot from unique perspectives. Second prize winner, Open Bionics was awarded $200,000, using low cost, high efficiency 3-D printing and scanning to bring customized products to amputees for less than $1,000. Third prize winner and recipient of $100,000, ProGlove is offering an enterprise invention that seeks to reduce physical work stress, improve ergonomics and reduce costly workplace mistakes.

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