Nixie Wearable Camera Delivers Biggest Twitter Moment at CES 2015

Ken Kaplan Executive Editor, iQ by Intel

#FlyNixie quickly became the third highest trending topic on Twitter.

Even where mind-blowing innovations are found at every turn, the flying wearable camera known as Nixie pulled off a dazzling snapshot of the future during Intel CEO Brian Krzanich’s keynote to kick off the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show.

Nixie founders Christoph Kohstall and Jelena Jovanovic demonstrated the wristband turned flying camera for the first time in front of a large public audience.

“Lets make this the biggest Twitter moment of CES,” said Krzanich.

Thousands of people in the audience sat at the edge of their seats — and countless others watched live via the Internet — as Kohstall tossed his Nixie into the air. It immediately took flight, propelling forward before turning around and snapping a photo that was quickly displayed on the big screen for all to see.

No remote control required. It was fully autonomous.

Within minutes, #FlyNixie was the number three trending topic on Twitter as people shared on Twitter their own photos and the one shot by Nixie.

The Nixie team sees this as a natural evolution of technology, something that can make photography easier to do.

“We want to be the next point-and-shoot camera, one that gives you an amazing perspective because it can fly,” said Jovanovic

We all use pictures to capture our moments, but Nixie lets you capture the moment as it happens, she said.

Nixie was the first-place winner of Intel’s 2014 Make it Wearable challenge, a worldwide competition to encourage inventors to create innovative wearables using Intel’s Edison technology, a tiny computer chip and hardware platform Intel designed specifically for wearables and Internet of Things devices.

The $500,000 top prize is helping the Los Altos-based team build the product.

Krzanich went on to say that Intel will sponsor the Intel “Make it Wearable” challenge again in 2015.

Here is how that moment was shared by people on twitter:


Editor’s Note: For more on this and other stories from the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show, watch the replay of Intel CEO Brian Krzanich’s keynote address.


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