The Selfly is a small folding quadcopter that tucks into the back of a specially designed phone case. Controlled with your phone, the copter has an 8-megapixel camera for photos and full HD video at 30 fps.
The fully funded Kickstarter project promises to ship this June. At the moment, an early-bird pledge of $89, or about £70 or AU$115, gets you the flying camera and a phone case.
The Selfly is designed to be with you all the time. The company says it will have specific cases for the iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone 7,/7 Plus, Galaxy S6/S6 Edge, Galaxy 7/7 Edge and Nexus 6. The company also plans a universal folio phone case for all 4-to-6 inch phones.
The case with the drone is only 9mm (0.4 in) thick. That will fit into a pocket, but it's still pretty bulky. Maybe it's not something you want to use on your phone every day.
You just pull the drone from the case and it's ready for takeoff.
The quad's little motors cleverly fold down into the body.
Like any good selfie drone, the Selfly is piloted with your phone. According to founder and CEO Dr. Hagay Klein, the app will have onscreen control sticks as well as automatic piloting options to get specific shots.
Connected to your phone via Wi-Fi, you get a low-res live stream to your screen so you can set up your shots. A high-res version is stored locally until you transfer to your phone.
The sensors on the bottom allow for stable flight without GPS.
When you've got your shot, just fold the drone back into the case.
Like a lot of toy drones this size, the Selfly only gets about 5 minutes of flight. Plus, the battery is built in, so you can't even swap in a fresh pack.
The case and drone together are expected to weigh in at 70 gm (2.5 oz).
Once the early bird packages are sold out, you'll be able to get a Selfly for $99 until the end of the campaign on March 10. After the Kickstarter ends, the Selfly will sell for $139. Those are all really good prices for what you're getting, assuming it performs as promised. Klein says all of the tech involved is based on existing technologies so the challenges heading into production are low.