Birdie lets you chuck a camera into the air and capture pictures as it descends

Just because you’re bound to Earth doesn’t mean your camera should be. Sure, this new invention won’t make you fly, but it’ll let your camera take pictures as though you had wings. Meet Birdie, the “aerodynamic accessory for action cams,” that allows you to launch your camera into the air and take continuous photos or videos all the way up and all the way back down. It’s like a drone, but much cheaper, and let’s face it, probably less annoying.

Whereas previously, you could throw your GoPro in the air and hope for the best, those plebeian days are behind you. Now, with the Birdie, you’re promised access to aerial photography like never before. Effectively a game of catch, the camera accessory results in photos that are “candid, capturing authentic in-the-moment expressions.”

Related: See here for the latest in drone devices on the market 

Essentially a parachute designed with the GoPro Hero 3 and 4 in mind (though the Uruguayan team of engineers is planning on expanding compatibility), the Birdie is a base with a bumper and six arms joined together with a fabric strip. Thanks to its clever design, the bottom will always face towards Earth when thrown into the air, which means that your camera is always going to be taking photos of you and your surroundings. Lightweight and water resistant, the Birdie was designed in a manner that makes it easy to bring along with you.

The camera accessory recently launched its Indiegogo campaign to bring the firm’s prototype into production. The company’s modest goal of $15,000 has nearly been reached in just a few short days — the team has raised over $10,000 from 167 backers and still has a month to go. Currently, you can pre-order a Birdie from the campaign page for the early-bird price of $35 (suggested retail sits at $50), and the team has promised delivery by August. So if you’re looking to take your photography to new heights, you may want to check out the Birdie.

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