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Aussie-Made ROAM-e Selfie Drone Follows Your Face

Welcome to the future of selfies.

28/06/2016 7:07 PM AEST | Updated July 15, 2016 12:56

Selfie sticks were last Christmas' biggest seller and this year, an Australian start-up is hoping their flying selfie camera will fit the niche.

The ROAM-e is a photo and video camera in a single-propellor drone with software that recognises your face and follows you, while avoiding obstacles.

It's about the size of a 600ml water bottle and can fly at 25km per hour for 45 minutes at a time.

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ROAM-e will track one person's face.

Internet of Things Group executive director Ian Duffell told The Huffington Post Australia it was time to get used to seeing drones following people around.

"It's hard to imagine someone running along the beach with a drone following them," Duffell told HuffPost Australia.

"They're a lot of fun and I don't think they're going to be annoying because they're designed to operate in your space, not to fly away and spy on someone."

The group designed biometric software in Australia and Duffell said the 'Ideas Boom' rhetoric was sticking among our young innovators.

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IOT Group created their own biometric facial recognition system.

"The founder of this company is 27 and the IQ of Einstein," Duffell said. "Once, he would have gone off to Silicon Valley in the U.S. but there's a feeling of being at the forefront of technology here in Australia.

"It's a trend that I think is set to continue here."

ROAM-e will be shipped in Australia and the U.S. in September this year.

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