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Pixy takes flight
Snap has a tiny little camera drone that ties in with Snapchat so you can take selfie pics and video from a perspective your smartphone can’t reach. It’s called Pixy. Aw!
- Pixy is $230, only available in the US and France for whatever reason.
- And it takes off and lands on your hand.
Now! There’s no one better than my colleague Jonathan Feist, Drone Rush boss (and occasional Daily Authority editor!), to tell you why it matters and why it doesn’t. Here’s Feisty with the real deal info.
Fun new flying cameras are always exciting. The idea of a super portable drone is great, and the newly announced Snapchat Pixy immediately caught the eye.
However, we are forced to view this new flying smartphone camera for what it is: a new entry in an all-but-failed segment of the drone market, and a camera that is tightly wound into the Snapchat ecosystem.
The Pixy appears to tick all the right boxes for an ultra-portable drone.
- Like it or not, Pixy is an aircraft, subject to FAA regulation for all outdoor flights in the United States.
- Mid-range mobile camera sensor.
- Removable and rechargeable batteries.
- Very easy-to-use controls.
- Weights 101g, meaning it avoids the strictest drone laws.
There’s more to it, and the predefined flight modes limit what you can do with the aircraft, but the purpose is to capture epic selfies, so the options are about right.
Safety is always our number one concern at Drone Rush. To that end, we must always talk about those pesky drone laws (none of the following applies if you are flying indoors).
- As we mentioned above, Pixy is an aircraft, subject to FAA regulation for all outdoor flights in the United States.
- Meaning by the letter of the law, people must acquire FAA TRUST certification (which is a free test, at least, and open to all ages) and get authorization (there are apps that help).
- The rules are more strict for businesses. Pixy has some details here.
- Now that’s out of the way, did you know that there have been dozens of other drones over the years that look and act almost the exact same way as the Pixy?
- The Hover Passport gained enough interest that Apple put it in their stores.
- And the AEE Selfly actually folded down into a smartphone case to protect your phone.
- But people retired those drones faster than their smartphones.
- Still, we look forward to putting the Snap Pixy to the test, and we hope that the popularity of the social media platform can inspire the next generation of drone pilots. Fly safe!
Huawei’s Mate XS 2 fold launched this morning. I covered what it means a week ago and today much of that was confirmed:
- It’s an out-folding device, i.e. one screen instead of two, with refinements over the previous models. More of an evolution of design.
- It’s Snapdragon 888 powered, due to Qualcomm sourcing limitations affecting Huawei.
- And it’s China-only, starting at 9,999 yuan (~$1,515) for the 8GB/256GB variant all the way up to 12,999 yuan (~$1,969) for the top-end 12GB/512GB model.
- Expect more to come: our team is very likely to want to get their hands on it to see the latest tweaks from Huawei.
Also: The Huawei Band 7 and Watch GT 3 Pro launched.
😬 OnePlus Nord N20 review: Better hardware, decent battery life, but crummy haptics, fingerprint reader, camera performance, and a mono speaker are bad while the software update situation is terrible (Android Authority).
👉 OnePlus 10R launches: A riff on the OnePlus Ace, which is a Realme GT Neo 3… (Android Authority).
📈 Apple reports best March quarter ever with new records for iPhone and Mac, though some iPad slowdowns due to the supply chain. Basically, Apple made nearly $100 billion so far this year, already, $50B of that from the iPhone. Crazy, but for Apple, completely normal. (The Verge).
📦 Amazon Prime Day 2022 is now set for July, again in a 48-hour window, but the exact day hasn’t been confirmed yet (Android Authority).
🐶 Is dog behavior genetic? A team of researchers finds: not really, with a few exceptions. Also, there’s a cute photo of a Samoyed (Ars Technica).
Tristan Rayner / Android Authority
Have a great May 1 weekend,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.