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New Zealand’s dronie makes selfies tolerable

Tourism New Zealand has revealed a serious enhancement on the traditional selfie, and it’s achieved using the same unmanned technology that the U.S. uses to find international super villains. It is called Dronie – a camera-equipped drone that will take a short film of you.

NZdronie flies into a pink sunset at a New Zealand ski field (Image: Tourism New Zealand)

NZdronie flies into a pink sunset at a New Zealand ski field (Image: Tourism New Zealand)

Dronie begins by recording a close-up portrait, then swiftly pans out to reveal breathtaking scenery in an eight-second film that can be shared via #NZdronie.

NZdronie resting on the snow in New Zealand (Image: New Zealand)

NZdronie resting on the snow in New Zealand (Image: Tourism New Zealand)

While this might be glorifying photography’s hottest buzzword, dronie is surely an improvement on the selfie – both because New Zealand boasts some of the most awe-inspiring panoramic views on the planet, and you can’t see ‘duck lips’ from 200 metres away.

Dronie will be travelling around much of New Zealand’s south island during July and August 2014, and will be available for all – whether you are a skiing enthusiast or not.

Let’s face it, drones are pretty cool and so is having personal footage of yourself tearing it up in picturesque mountains. New Zealand, did we just become best friends?

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Ben is an aspiring journalist, avid skier and All Blacks fanatic. In his spare time he can be found at Sydney University

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