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Automation & Control Flying Camera Is Your Personal Paparazzo The palm-sized MeCam from Always Innovating, based on open-source software, will follow you around and take videos of you and your friends. By Ann R. ThRyfT, SenioR TechnicAl ediToR F or a suggested retail price of $49, you will be able to ensure every move you make is captured on video. The palm-sized camera MeCam (see it on the cover) under development at Always Innovating Inc. will follow you around and take videos of you and your friends. You will be able to post these videos to any and all social media sites. The company calls the MeCam a "self-video minicopter." It can be operated by voice command, or it can be programmed to hover around you automatically. It has two autopilot algorithms and a Morpho Inc. video stabilizer. You upload video by streaming it to a smartphone or tablet. Details about the hardware are sketchy. Always Innovating says on its website that the MeCam has 14 sensors and three stabilization algorithms, offers "one-click true panorama," and works without a remote. In a press release, Always Innovating says the MeCam is run by a Cortex-A9 SoC. This ARM-based, low-power processor comes with up to four cores. The release doesn't says how many cores the device uses, but it does say the SoC module runs at anywhere from 1.0 to 1.5GHz, depending on configuration. The Cortex-A9 SoC module also includes 1Gbyte of RAM, an SD card, Bluetooth, and both 2.4 and 5GHz WiFi. But that's just the hardware. What really piqued my interest is the fact that the MeCam uses open-source Linux-based software. Always Innovating says on its website that it's not going to manufacture the MeCam. Instead, it is licensing "the device and its core module." To read more and to watch a video of the MeCam in action, go to http://bit.ly/16326lC. MOTION CONTROL TECHNOLOGY Development | Production | Sales Precision Hybrid Stepper Linear Actuators „Quality OEM products for cost competitive solutions" S24 D es i gn n ews A pr il 2013 [www.designnews .com] KOCO MOTION US LLC · www.kocomotionus.com · 408-300-9690

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