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Selfie snapping drone wearable stakes claim for Intel prize

There are all sorts of ideas for wearable tech – from mundane smartwatches through Google Glass to more off-the-wall ideas like smart shoes (opens in new tab) – but we guarantee you haven't thought of this particular concept.

Spotted by TechCrunch (opens in new tab), this wearable is a selfie drone or "flying wristband" as the inventor calls it. It is essentially a mini-quad-copter with built-in camera that can be attached to your wrist, which can unfold its blades and take off, hover and snap a picture of you – then it will return, and you can strap it back on.

In other words, no more awkward looking selfies with a pic snapped crudely at arm's length – wherever you are on your own, this device will be able to take a nicely framed photo (or that's the plan).

The hardware is being produced by Team Nixie (opens in new tab), and is a finalist in the Make It Wearable contest Intel is holding, meaning that it has already bagged $50,000 (£31,000) in funding. But it's still very early stages yet – the developer is preparing a prototype with Intel's Edison chip. The current actual working version (shown in the video clip below) looks pretty rough indeed.

Related: Google Glass and Apple Watch: Intrusive vs non-intrusive wearables (opens in new tab)

The winner of the Make It Wearable final will be announced on 3 November.

Darran has over 25 years of experience in digital and magazine publishing as a writer and editor. He's also an author, having co-written a novel published by Little, Brown (Hachette UK). He currently writes news, features and buying guides for TechRadar, and occasionally other Future websites such as T3 or Creative Bloq and he's a copy editor for TechRadar Pro. Darrran has written for a large number of tech and gaming websites/magazines in the past, including Web User and ComputerActive. He has also worked at IDG Media, having been the Editor of PC Games Solutions and the Deputy Editor of PC Home.