Sometime in the near future, drones may be wearable and may even become our buddies — at least if one futurist has any say in the matter.
The wearable tech of the future might be able to perform many more functions than current technology can, from acting as a scout and tour guide in an unfamiliar city to being a rock-climbing companion, one expert said here at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive festival.
That future isn’t so far away, said Adam Pruden, an interaction designer and tech futurist at design firm frog.
“Drones are starting to behave like smartphones — and they’re also entering this era of post-smartphone capabilities,” Pruden said. “One day, drones may become an everyday household device.”
Increasingly, drones are also being seen as a key way to deliver supplies to hard-to-reach areas during humanitarian crises. And as drones get smarter, their capabilities have begun to mirror those of smartphones, Pruden said.
Though wearable drones may seem far-fetched, at least one is almost on the market already: the wearable drone Nixie, which is a camera that launches from the wrist, is supposed to be released soon.