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Nixie Wrist Wearable Flying Drone

Nixie Wrist Wearable Flying Drone  Watch Industry News

As if the world needed more items to put on our wrists, a startup company called Nixie (yes, another Nixie) is developing a wearable flying drone. This is all part of Intel’s “Make It Wearable” challenge, where the chip producer has challenged teams to produce a new wave of wearable technology. Nixie’s idea is to produce a small drone that can be wrapped on your wrist and taken with you.

The company is developing a few prototypes, and it is unclear what their future will be, though they do have a site up and are promising e-mail subscribers that they will be notified about future developments. I think there is a good chance that wearable Nixie drones will see actual production at some point in the future.

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It is interesting from a watch lover’s perspective to see the wrist becoming a hot piece of real estate (once again) for gadget creators, and this is not even including the quickly emerging smartwatch world. The Nixie drone isn’t a watch, and as of now, it doesn’t tell the time (though I bet they could include a small LCD screen in the future). It is however part of a new universe of devices that may live on your wrist or elsewhere on your body. While wearable tech isn’t per se new, I think it will experience a new golden age over the next decade.

It should be stated that not all teams competing in Intel’s Make It Wearable challenge are producing items that go on your wrist. “Wearable” means anything on your body which could be your head, neck, waist, legs, etc… Wrists are, however, useful because they are not only easily accessible and viewable, but you can actually attach items to them. These traits are particularly attractive to tech innovators looking to creative useful items.

Nixie Wrist Wearable Flying Drone  Watch Industry News

Nixie Wrist Wearable Flying Drone  Watch Industry News

The idea of the Nixie drone is simple. Like many other quadracopter-style flyers, the drone has four arms with propellers on each of them. The central element contains a rotating camera, as well as a control board and battery. This is the type of item that will have only a few minutes of total battery life (most likely), but will be very useful for a range of purposes. Nixie touts the wearable drone as a new way to take selfies, but its potential is far beyond that.

Imagine the utility of an easy-to-carry drone that can be your eyes in the sky while exploring or hiking. The downside of most current drones isn’t their utility, but their size. It makes it difficult to carry for when you need it or in any type of travel scenario. A fold-up drone that can be used for fun or safety would be really useful. There are already very small drones available, but adding a wearable component to them could be really interesting.

Nixie Wrist Wearable Flying Drone  Watch Industry News

Nixie Wrist Wearable Flying Drone  Watch Industry News

Kids are also going to love things like the wearable Nixie drone. Nothing is more appealing than an already cool toy that doubles as a wearable. Ironically the term “nixie” is already something watch lovers are familiar with, but in a different context. It refers to nixie tubes, which have actually been integrated into timepieces and clocks in the past, and likely the future as well.

The Nixie wearable drone is controlled by your phone and, interestingly enough, started out as a different type of wearable – something that you put on your face like glasses. I agree that putting it on your wrist as a wearable band makes a lot more sense. If Nixie wins the Intel Make It Wearable competition, they will get another $500,000 to make their product a reality… and perhaps people can then start working on flying timepieces.



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  • Ulysses31

    It’s interesting, though i’m not sure what it gains by being stored on your wrist.  I imagine a larger, more stable, yet still foldable design could just as easily be stowed in a pocket, and would benefit from a longer flight time.  It would be different if the thing unfolded and took off from your wrist (using Nitinol wires to unfurl by itself).  Still, it would make a nice toy for the kids at Christmas.

  • Fraser Petrick

    I’m waiting for a dope slap device that I can launch from my wrist for certain occasions (which seem to become more frequent as I age). I’d use it for the person with nine items at the grocery store express lane, for the park jogger who thinks he owns the whole path, for the dinner guest who thinks I want to hear all about his ailment-du-jour, for people who pluralize nouns with an apostrophe s, for…

  • Time2Go

    Whew! Good thing it doesn’t have a clock feature or we’d have to call up Switzerland and tell them that if they want to stay alive their watches not only have to be “smart”, but now they also have to fly.  Dodged a bullet there!  🙂

    This is a cool idea. Personally, I’d be far more likely to put this on one of my wrists than any of the current generation of smart watches. It’ll be interesting to see if they can pull this off.

  • Arnt Eirik Johnsen

    Ugly, beyond belief…!

  • DangerussArt

    The desire for a wearable drone comes up slightly less often than my yen for a wearable toaster.

  • thornwood36

    i’ll not bother saying much about this ……….whatever it is

  • 25degrees

    Another Ariel Adams pay day from the sponsors!

    Hopefully we’ll see some real content soon.

  • Jeffrey Higa

    Wait, April Fool’s Day is over already.


    I’m trying to develop a nose ring that also: Cuts pizza pies, scratches backs, opens cans & bottles, & is a doorknocker (not the earring type, but for actual front doors).

  • antjay

    How is this “Watch Industry News” ?

  • DG Cayse

    I’m ready.

  • 25degrees All sponsored content is labeled as such. This is neither sponsored content nor anything that involves aBlogtoWatch deriving any revenue of any kind. Thanks.

  • PhilR

    I want the Predator shoulder-mounted laser cannon. Where’s that piece of wearable tech?

  • 5803822

    Ultimately youre going to need a licence and insurance to utilize it (just a guess)  – more paperwork, expense ….no thanks.

  • mgennone

    Used to love the blog…..all this tech , digital leaves me bored…I’ll go to tech blogs for that.


    Fun!  I can think of a few uses that don’t involve weaponizing it 🙂

  • joshgraves

    This is an amazing idea.  I want one!

    • Ellen del Valle

      at last a positive remark I do too want one for my rock climbing daughter !!

  • timmyj01

    In 10 years we’re going to be Batman walking around wearing everything from drones to computers to coffee makers.

  • Dominique Rora

    Hey, Halloween’s not quite here yet..

  • SN0WKRASH Kinky!

  • Zeitblom

    Patek Philippe should get into this. They could make a wearable drone that works no better than any other, that looks boring, and that costs 50K even in base metals.

  • iamcalledryan

    monumentally dumb – is it April already?

  • Hacker4748

    Cue gentle breeze, also known as The Destroyer.

  • CG

    What’s with the dead guy in the first pic? Oh wait… sorry a drone device for Android/Robots. Asimov would be proud… still stupid though.

  • shinytoys

    Ariel, and I say this with the most respect possible…I think you need to spend more time with the wife. If there is no wife, a fine young woman above the legal age limit should cure what ails you…:)

  • shinytoys

    DG Cayse  that is a fine drone swatter you have there…

  • shinytoys Yea, she reminds me of that quite a bit. The virtues of work are often personally obtained it seems 🙂

  • spiceballs

    If it gets stuck do you make like Mary Poppins? Now THERE”S an idea  – – -?

  • WimadS

    shinytoys DG Cayse Most certainly! It should be featured on ABTW. Can’t wait for the hands on review…

  • WimadS

    Sorry Ariel, but I really do not think this has any place on ABTW. Featuring smart watches is fair enough, it is a watch blog. But its not a wearable technology blog… there are plenty of other tech/design blogs to read about these kind of things. 

    I come on ablogtoWATCH to read about WATCHES. I understand your interest in other technology as well, but maybe you should consider starting another blog to feature such gadgets rather than force fit these topics to ABTW.

  • WimadS

    PhilR I think it will be featured here soon… be patient

  • WimadS I’ll agree that this is stretching it.  Maybe if the drone had a clock, so you could tell everyone else what time it is!

  • Ellen del Valle

    I love the WORD “WATCH” as it is a wrist item to “WATCH” and view in photo–clever and all these silly comments OLD CURMUDGEONS

  • spiceballs

    If this ever got to production couldn’t see it lasting more than once or twice – just watch.

  • onayiga azeez

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