Tuesday, April 13, 2021

MeCam just what the military ordered.

Sporting a 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9 processor, 1GB of RAM, micro-SD for storage, and WiFi/Bluetooth the MeCam from Always Innovating promises much for not much.

Just how many minutes of your life the palm sized quad and at what resolution  have yet to be determined.

A version of it would certainly be appealing to the military. No doubt there are many major defense contractors sticking pins in dolls to try and prevent the product hitting the street at $49 a unit. If you want to just look around a corner a bit further away than a mirror on stick can manage it might be just the ticket. Multiple units perching and staring creating real time environment maps communicated back to a vehicle or command centre. But I am moving too far into hype land perhaps just like Always Innovating.

The MeCam is a self video nano copter to point-and-shoot yourself. MeCam videos can be easily shared on social networking websites.

Today people capture and share their photos and videos using archaic methods and with mixed results. The MeCam launches from the palm of a hand and hovers instantly. The MeCam streams video to an Android or iOS phone or tablet and it can be easily shared onto all social media platforms. The MeCam doesn’t need any remote control: the user can control the device with voice commands or uses the follow-me feature.

Its no secret that the military want hand held connected UAS. Todays announcement that the Black Hornet has entered service with British forces in Afghanistan shows there is cash waiting. The Black Hornet was commissioned for £20 million as a rush job. In the next round of tenders there might be more choice.

Gary Mortimer
Gary Mortimer
Founder and Editor of sUAS News | Gary Mortimer has been a commercial balloon pilot for 25 years and also flies full-size helicopters. Prior to that, he made tea and coffee in air traffic control towers across the UK as a member of the Royal Air Force.