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PEARL // Autonomous camera

Have you ever wanted to capture a moment but without having to stop and take yourself out of it? Often the most memorable or authentic photos capture a moment of spontaneity, ideally without having to stop and curate it. So the question is:

„How might we create memories without disrupting the moment?“

What if there was an eye in the sky floating around capturing our interactions with each other and the world around us? Introducing PEARL, „your eye in the sky“ capturing and sharing authentic moments as they happen. PEARL is an autonomous camera flying within 3 metres of the phone it's synced to. It captures images and short videos using a Machine Learning algorithm that determines moments of interest-based on facial and motion recognition.

So how does it work?

Start by connecting PEARL to your phone with passcode protected access


With a tap on the phone, PEARL launches into the air - always synced within 3 metres of the synced phone.


PEARL scans the surroundings looking for moments of interest to capture in the form of images or short videos. It captures your authentic moments autonomously.


Multiple phones can connect to the same PEARL allowing sharing or viewing in real-time. The user can also livestream to various social platforms.


So take PEARL on a skiing adventure recording your runs and share and live stream with others. Or take PEARL to the social awareness event of your choosing elevating Citizens Journalism to the next level. PEARL can also capture family moments like your child's first bike ride.





Art des Projekts

Studienarbeit im ersten Studienabschnitt


foto: Laurenz Reichl foto: Elena Dieckmann foto: Hanna Wiesener foto: Prof. Thomas Ness

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Sommersemester 2021