So, you’re hanging out with a few friends having a good time and someone suggests taking a photo to immortalise the moment. Excellent idea, you think, and tell everyone to amuse themselves for a few minutes while you get your selfie drone. Don’t worry, one of your friends says, we can all just huddle and he’ll take the photo with his and smartphone like normal people. It’ll probably make for a much more charming photo, anyway.
Nuts to that, you declare haughtily, you’re getting your damn selfie drone. Your friends roll their eyes, since they’re aware of the reality of selfie drones. Namely; they suck.
Only, now that you think about it, your selfie drone hasn’t been charged since the last five minutes it spent in the air, so everyone will just have to amuse themselves for about an hour while it charges. Then you can take the photo. Though, you’ll all also have to keep very still, since the photos the drone takes or sometimes blurry. Plus it doesn’t work so well in low light, so…
At this point, of course, your friends have all decided that they are no longer your friends, hate you, and have moved on to a pub in an effort to be as far away from you as possible.
The Purpose Of Technology
Once upon a time, the purpose of technological advancement was to make life easier. There was a problem that needed solving, or a solution that could be improved on, and hence a solution was created. This simple concept was thrown out the window by a group of designers, all of which were presumably on crack, and the selfie drone was invented.
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The average selfie drone has around 8 minutes of flight time, after which it must be charged. It cannot go beyond 20 meters, and has a vastly inferior camera to the average smartphone. Those that do have high quality cameras and are capable of what you assume a drone should be capable, are astonishingly expensive.
All of which raises the question; why do selfie drones exist?
Next Level Gimmicks
Real drones, those that are used by professional photographers, and filmmakers, are extremely sophisticated. The DJI Mavic Pro for example has a 7km range, 4K camera, 30 minutes of flight time, and an astonishing range of features that keep it easy to control. It’s also around $1,500. The average selfie drone is around $50, and will produce images that are so low resolution that you might as well have a blind person just draw you, which would produce similar results.
Which is to say; the selfie drone trend is just about the silliest, most unnecessary invention of all time. Far better results are possible by simply putting a smartphone on a chair, or propped it up against a book. Lest we forget, the vast majority of smartphone cameras come with a built in delay setting these days, the very purpose of which is to allow for remote photo taking, and hence preventing users from ever considering buying anything as outrageously silly as a selfie drone.
By the way, your friends who left you to go to the pub just took a selfie. One of your friends used his arm for this, and one opposable thumb. It took 5 seconds.
Needless to say you can guess this invention doesn’t impress me much. After all, we have tech that does amazing things, we should use it for them!