Hover Camera Passport Comes to Apple Retail Stores, With In-Store Demos Available

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Hover Camera Passport, a lightweight, personal drone-style camera from Zero Zero Robotics, is available on Apple's website and in Apple retail stores in the United States, Canada, China, Hong Kong, and the UK starting today.

The Hover Camera Passport can be thought of as a sort of next-generation autonomous selfie stick that's able to follow you around and capture a hands-free photo whenever you wish.


It's made from a lightweight (242 grams), foldable carbon fiber material so it packs down small and can go anywhere, and it's equipped with face tracking and body tracking so it knows who to follow. The drone travels up to 17 miles per hour and can hover for 10 minutes at up to 65 feet away, so it's able to track a user that's running, walking, biking, or engaging in other similar physical activities.

There's a 13-megapixel camera built in, which can also capture 4K video. Since it's a flying camera, it can capture 360 degrees of panoramic video, and it's designed to be flown right out of the box, so even people unfamiliar with drones can pick it up and fly it.


The Hover Camera Passport is controlled through the Hover Camera iOS app, which provides features like a real-time video feed, quick social sharing, multiple flight modes including spin and orbit, auto follow, and picture-taking features.

New features are being added to the Hover Camera Passport for its Apple Store launch, including compatibility with iMovie and Final Cut Pro X, a more user-friendly interface, and automated media editing to create small, moving clips that can be shared with family and friends.


Zero Zero Robotics is offering a $499 Apple-exclusive bundle at Apple Stores, which consists of a Passport flying camera, two batteries, a charger, an adapter, and an easy-carry bag. Apple retail stores will be hosting in-store demos of the Hover Camera Passport so customers can try it out. 42 retail stores will begin demos today, and other stores will start demonstrations in May.

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bennyf

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Awesome gadget. I just wish they weren't using selfie's as a selling point. Last thing on earth we need is yet another way for people to take more pictures of themselves. By all means take cool pics from otherwise unattainable vantage points, but I don't want to see your face in the shot, thanks.
 

avanpelt

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The auto follow sounds interesting. I'd be interested to see how it works in crowded situations. My guess is that it would be a nuisance to everyone around the subject(s) being followed.
 

kingjames1970

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Quite fancy one but seems to me like there's a few facts missing, unless I missed them? How high can it go for example or how far away from you? I don't expect Mavic Pro like features or anything but might be cool and have its place.
 

swm

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"it's designed to be flown right out of the box, so even people unfamiliar with drones can pick it up and fly it."

yeah, and after 2 minutes the "people unfamiliar with drones" let the $500 cam drone accidentally fall into the sea / crash against a cliff or wall.
 

Peepo

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If I interpret the new Canadian drone laws correctly - since this is below 250g it should legal to use anywhere? I just sold my Phantom 4 at a great loss because I basically cannot fly it anywhere near where I live and not even in my own yard.
 
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avanpelt

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I wonder if auto follow allows it to change altitudes? Presumably, if auto follow had been turned on when that guy jumped off the cliff, that drone would've made a beeline for the ocean. :)
 

adamjackson

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I assume that since this only follows after learning your face, it wouldn't work for a motorcycle off-roading. I'd like to have one of these flying at 6-12 feet off the ground while I low speed dirt bike around in the woods.

It lacks avoidance of obstacles like DJI's and probably can't link to a motorcycle helmet (as opposed to a face) and the speed limit is fine for backroad stuff but certainly low compared to pricier models.
 

mdelvecchio

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yeah I'm sure the famous churches of europe aren't going to be down with every techie tourist trying to fly freakin' drones inside...
 
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Awesome gadget. I just wish they weren't using selfie's as a selling point. Last thing on earth we need is yet another way for people to take more pictures of themselves. By all means take cool pics from otherwise unattainable vantage points, but I don't want to see your face in the shot, thanks.
Selfie hate is so pathetic by now. Ever thought they're taking the pictures for themselves or family / friends , and not for you?

Maybe, just maybe, they want to take pictures of the places they've visited and make them a bit more personal by having themselves in the shot!

Exactly what is wrong with that?
 

samcraig

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Going out of your way to make this comment makes you sound pretty intolerant.
I'm very tolerant actually. But using a drone in a church for an ad/demo seems off to me. It's not like it was a documentary about the church. But then again - I'm not a big fan of the selfie generation and those that take them in places like the 9/11 memorial. I don't think that makes me pretty intolerant. Perhaps of a few things.
 
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aristobrat

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Hope they don't sound as obnoxious as most other drones, or I'd imagine others will be swatting at these things in public places.
 

QuarterSwede

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Selfie hate is so pathetic by now. Ever thought they're taking the pictures for themselves or family / friends , and not for you?

Maybe, just maybe, they want to take pictures of the places they've visited and make them a bit more personal by having themselves in the shot!

Exactly what is wrong with that?
Nothing that's what. People don't want to see pictures of where you went on vacation. They want to see pictures of you enjoying where you went on vacation.
 

ziggie216

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Awesome gadget. I just wish they weren't using selfie's as a selling point. Last thing on earth we need is yet another way for people to take more pictures of themselves. By all means take cool pics from otherwise unattainable vantage points, but I don't want to see your face in the shot, thanks.
Which options do you prefer

A) Excuse me sir, let me hand over my phone to you so you can help me take a picture of my family and I (while at it, please don't run away or drop it).

B) Let me whip out this hover cam so I don't need to go ask someone for help.
 

Mactendo

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10 minutes flying time is nothing. If you'd take it on a trip as shown in the video, you'd have to carry a bunch of batteries with you.
 
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