Yesterday, we talked about the Sprite, a co-axial helicopter. Now, there’s another co-axial set to hit the skies, the ROAM-e. The ROAM-e was invented by Australian Simon Kantor, who thought the way to improve selfie sticks was to make them fly. Considerable cheaper than the Sprite, the ROAM-e is available for just AUD 349 ($259!).
The ROAM-e uses a pair of counter-rotating propellers to stabilise itself in flight, a setup used by many RC helicopters. It can follow the operator at a distance of ~3 meters, or fly in place up to 25 meters from its tethered smartphone.
While the Sprite has a 2-axis gimbal, the ROAM-e is equipped with a single-axis one, allowing for panaromi shots with a 5 MP camera. The camera can also shoot 360-degree 1080 p HD video.
ROAM-e also has removable batteries, which take 2 hours to charge fully, allowing for up to 20 minutes of flight time. Live-streaming is also possible from it’s camera. The ROAM-e started shipping this month.