Quadcopters come in all different shapes and sizes, with most of them skewing on the large side. The MeCam goes small — tiny enough to fit in the palm of your hand — and brings a few neat tricks with it.
The MeCam (not to be confused with this other product with the same name) is as barebones as a quadcopter gets. Its four tiny propellers carry a module with a 1GHz or 1.5GHz ARM processor, 1GB of RAM, SD card, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a camera. MeCam also has 14 real-time sensors to keep it from collisions, two auto-pilot algorithms and a video stabilizer by Morpho to create "perfect" panoramas.
Hardware specs aside, the MeCam's charm lies in it following you around automatically. It can also be controlled with voice commands. MeCam is social, too: video taken by the MeCam can also be streamed directly to an iOS or Android smartphone via a special app, and shared instantly to Facebook, Google+, Twitter and YouTube. This could be the perfect little camera for vloggers.
Now for the bad news: Always Innovating, the company behind the quadcopter, says it's not going to sell them directly to customers. It plans to license the $49 MeCam out to other vendors, with the first products to be released (hopefully) by early 2014. Here's hoping it doesn't get lost in the shuffle.