More details of Xiaomi’s ‘follow me’ drone


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Last week patents of a rumours Xiaomi drone revealed a quad-copter which would be controlled by your Mi Band. Further details today show the drone will use your wearable for a ‘follow me’ feature.

Drones/quad-copters are great fun and with all sizes and types available there seems to be a quad to suit everyone, but we are still waiting for a model that can really just fly itself and follow you about.

xiaomi drone patent

Some current drones such as the DJI Phantom range offer a ‘follow me’ feature, but it requires you to carry the hand control and the connected smartphone for the quad to see you and keep you tracked. While the feature works well (I’ve tested it on my own Phantom) its not an ideal solution. What is really needed is a more compact wearable that the drone can track you with.

xiaomi drone patent

Patents show that Xiaomi are working on a new quad rotor UAV that can use a wearable (a Mi Band) to follow the wearer and keep a camera trained on them to capture the action. The patent shows the patents show the drone following people as they walk uphill or ride a bike.

xiaomi drone patent

In addition to using the Mi Band to follow the users, gestures will also tell the drone what to do. For example moving your arm in a circular motion might be all that is needed to tell the drone to turn around or change from following from the front to following form behind.

These features would make the Xiaomi drone a very easy product to fly and live with even for complete beginners. While the features are great in theory we do expect the Xiaomi drone to be more of a hobby product (similar to the Parrot Bebop) rather than a prosumer level DJI rival.

Previous rumours suggested the Xiaomi could take their drone in to limited production soon and might sell the UAV for as little as 699 Yuan.

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8 Comments

  1. Tajwar
    February 8, 2016

    Here take my money

    • Joel Adames
      February 9, 2016

      Here, I will take your money but don’t spect something in return, hehehe

  2. Tajwar
    February 8, 2016

    Here take my money

    • Joel Adames
      February 9, 2016

      Here, I will take your money but don’t spect something in return, hehehe

  3. Maxime
    February 10, 2016

    “a very easy product to fly and LIVE WITH” – so we’re living with drones already. welcome to the future?)

  4. Maxime
    February 10, 2016

    “a very easy product to fly and LIVE WITH” – so we’re living with drones already. welcome to the future?)

  5. Alexis T
    February 11, 2016

    what is this guy doing with his hand in the first drawing ?
    why is it half-open with the fingers bent ?
    what has it to do with the drone ?

    looks like a gadget from Idiocracy … Fly-Bating 3000 *fueled by Brawndo*

  6. NextHype
    February 11, 2016

    what is this guy doing with his hand in the first drawing ?
    why is it half-open with the fingers bent ?
    what has it to do with the drone ?

    looks like a gadget from Idiocracy … Fly-Bating 3000 *fueled by Brawndo*