Snap Introduces Pocket-Sized Selfie Drone ‘Pixy’

The company behind Snapchat is taking selfies to new heights.

Mass-market selfie drones are here. Snap Inc., the parent company of the photo-sharing app Snapchat, continues its venture into physical tech products with its latest gadget – a flying camera. The little yellow drone, dubbed Pixy, is a “free-flying sidekick” designed to help take your selfie game to the next level.

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Taking off from the palm of your hand, the Pixy drone features five unique flight modes: Hover, Orbit, Reveal, Favorite, and Follow. Each offers a different flight pattern to capture all of your desired angles without the need for any intimidating drone controllers. For example, Follow prompts the autonomous device to keep you in the frame at all times by tracking your movement. Further, Reveal tells Pixy to start with a close-up and pull back to unveil the full scope of your setting. The content saves automatically in your Snapchat Memories. Once you’re done, the device lands right back in your palm. You can then quickly share your clip to Snapchat or another platform.

From a design perspective, Pixy uses bright colors and rounded edges for an almost toy-like look. The propeller blades rest inside the encasing, allowing a safe take-off and landing from your palm. Atop the device are two interface items: a “Start Flying” button and a flight mode selector knob. Pixy also comes with several accessories including rechargeable batteries, a dual battery charger, and a carrying strap with a bumper.

Additionally, it’s important to note that the camera specs are not currently listed on the item description. Therefore, we are unable to verify the resolution and FPS options for Pixy, so it’s unclear what level of image quality you’ll be getting.

Pixy is available for purchase now in the U.S. and France. However, the current ship time for the device sits at roughly 16 weeks. You can watch the promotional video for Pixy in the player above. Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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