thedronegirl.comChinese drone-maker Zero Zero Robotics announced Tuesday its Hover Camera drone and $25 million in funding from investors including IDG, GSR Ventures, ZhenFund and ZUIG. Zero Zero Robotics was founded in 2014 and has about 80 employees, Wang said, but the company managed to remain largely unheard of
until now.

The drone-maker spent the past year secretly developing Hover Camera, a drone carrying a 4K video camera that can track and follow people, can be folded up to the size of a book and that can hover as soon as you let it go from your hands.

“We wanted to make sure we solved a lot of hard engineering problems first,” said Zero Zero Robotics CEO M.Q. Wang, a former Twitter software engineer.

The drone is powered by Qualcomm’s  Snapdragon 2.3 Ghz Quad-Core processor. It uses sonar and a barometer to gauge its height. It has facial and body recognition. It runs 4K video encoding while at the same time electronically stabilizing the video to prevent shaking that comes with a hovering video camera. All that technology folds up to fit inside a backpack.

But the key to this drone’s design is the safety. The carbon fiber enclosure design protects the propellers, a design move that could have prevented injuries caused by the sharp blades of whirring propellers like the one Enrique Iglesias experienced last year after attempting to grab a drone onstage.

The drone weighs 238 grams, putting it under the limit of drones that have to be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration. (A controversial requirement from the FAA states that all drones weighing more than 250 grams must
be registered.)

“I want it to be portable, I want it to be safe, I want it to be user friendly,” said Wang. “Our goal is to build personal robotics for anyone.”

A brilliant stroke – a 4K capable drone you don’t have to register.

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