Gone are the days where photographers dangled their camera from a fishing rod. The emergence of drones has led to people across the world capturing footage with their GoPro for years. But drones can be expensive, and now there’s a new device which promises to do just that — for a fraction of the price.
The new shuttlecock-like contraption, known as Birdie, enables anyone to capture aerial footage anywhere in the world. The user attaches their GoPro to Birdie and then throws it into the air.
Risky, we know. But after throwing the device, Birdie’s structure helps to protect the camera by slowing its decent to the ground. Despite this, the device isn’t recommend for use on rockier surfaces, as its amount of cushioning is limited. The contraption also floats, which is beneficial for those who want to capture over water or beach footage.
While the footage will certainly not be up to the standard of that captured via a drone, Birdie offers a viable alternative for casual users. It also provides a new avenue for more creative photographers. The fast paced motion and the mixture of video footage or rapid shots creates some pretty imaginative pictures.
After initially crowdfunding on Indiegogo, Birdie will be available to purchase on Amazon on 24 October. The kit comes with one base with a bumper, one fabric bag and six arms joined together with a fabric strip. It will retail for $49. At present Birdie only supports the GoPro HERO 4 and the HERO 3+.