CES 2015: Best Drones We've Seen so Far: Nixie, Zano, Micro Drone 3.0, Inspire 1, and Ghost

8 January 2015, 10:06 am EST By Anu Passary Tech Times
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Drones are all the rage at this year's International CES 2015 and are gearing up to burst the myths and negative connotations associated with the device.

We take a look at some of the coolest drones to come out of CES 2015.


Touted as the first wearable camera that can fly, Nixie can be worn as a bracelet and once it takes off into the air it can automatically click a selfie for you!

"A camera that comes with you everywhere... and can fly. With a gesture, Nixie takes off, captures the moment, and comes right back," notes the description.

Nixie's makers are still tinkering away with the technology and the drone is not yet ready for release.

2. Zano 

With aerial photography catching on, drones too are gaining in popularity. However, most drones are priced steeply which is a deterrent for most consumers. That is about to change now thanks to Torquing Group which has come up with teeny-tiny drone - Zano.

"ZANO is an ultra-portable, personal aerial photography and HD video capture platform, Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and intelligent enough to fly all by itself! ZANO connects directly to your smart device (iOS or Android) via onboard WiFi and enables you to instantly begin capturing and sharing moments like never before," notes the drone's description on Kickstarter.

The drone can take selfies, it is autonomous and has a 5-megapixel camera which is capable of shooting clips for up to 60 fps.

3. Micro Drone 3.0

The third iteration of the successful Micro Drone from UK-based Extreme Fliers is upping the ante. Micro Drone 3.0 may be tiny but its size belies its ability carry a camera. The drone even supports a mini gimbal!

The neatest feature of the Micro Drone 3.0 is its ability to correct its position on its own when chucked upside down in the air. The drone flips easily, is manoeuvrable and can zoom around swiftly.

4. Inspire 1

Touting 4K resolution and the ability to click videos and pictures from an aerial vantage point, the Inspire 1 handheld camera drone is one of the coolest devices to come out of CES 2015.

The all-in-one flying platform can snap up 12-megapixel photos, and the drone's carbon arms do not block visibility either!

The Inspire 1 is the perfect drone if you want a sturdy device that can suffice as a hand-held, as well as shoot aerially. Moreover, those concerned about privacy breaches can breathe easy as DJI reveals that its drones imbibe a "no fly zone" technology near major airports and cannot fly over 400 feet.

5. Ghost 

Ghost is the offering from a California and Chinese start-up EHang. The company promotes the Ghost as "the drone for everyone." The drone is easy to operate and control via an app on your Android smartphone. There is no iOS version yet but is expected in March this year.

Ghost weighs 1.4 pounds and is capable of accelerating to speeds of 49 mph. The drone is able to scale altitudes of up to 0.6 miles and has a three-bladed propeller. The GoPro-ready drone can fly for 30 minutes (or 20 minutes if you attach an accessory).

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