Wearable Drone Wins $500,000 Grand Prize from Intel

By Tim Maytom


Intel has awarded a $500,000 (£312,000) grand prize to a team who developed a wristband that converts into a camera-equipped drone as part of its ‘Make It Wearable‘ contest.

The Nixie quadcopter is aimed at rock climbers and other outdoor sportspeople. It wraps around the wrist normally, but can spring into the air to take pictures from elevated positions, giving users the freedom of both of their hands. The drone then returns to its owner, and syncs with the owner’s smartphone to allow for photo and video editing and sharing.

The ‘Make It Wearable’ contest was launched in January by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich in an effort to encourage developers and technology startups to use Intel’s chips when producing wearable technology. The prize money is intended to help the winners bring their prototype to market.

Second prize was won by UK company Open Bionics, who have utilised high-efficiency 3D printing to develop prosthetic hands for amputees, while third prize was picked up by ProGlove, who created an enterprise wearable that aims to reduce physical work stress, improve ergonomics and reduce workplace mistakes.

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