The showroom floor of CES 2016 was home to many drones, but the Hexo+ stands out among the flock. The Kickstarter-based project that began in the summer of 2014 has finally culminated in a drone that not only follows its human owner through a smartphone app, but also comes with a built-in gimbal designed to mount a GoPro, allowing it to grab video from the front, back and sides.
The Hexo+ uses an iOS or Android app to pair via Bluetooth and follows whoever is carrying the smartphone with the app installed. The drone reaches a top speed of 40 miles per hour and offers options for following close and far. An even closer option is currently in beta.
What sets Hexo’s drone from the camera-touting competition is the mechanical stabilization technology used. Much like optical image stabilization in many cameras, the camera rig physically moves to account for any shaking the drone does mid-flight.