TED2014: Sergei Lupashin’s aerial view

A selfie from the TED2014 Fellows stage.

A selfie from the TED2014 Fellows stage.

Sergei Lupashin’s tethered flying camera Fotokite, demonstrated Monday on the TED2014 TED Fellows stage, is a pretty popular piece of kit. It’s also a nifty conversation starter. Even Edward Snowden seemed delighted with a demo (see below). We asked Lupashin what it’s been like to have such an unusual perspective on TED. Here’s what he said:

“It’s great to see the wide variety of perspectives here. As Fotokite is a piece of new technology, we’re in the phase of trying to figure out how it really fits, and bringing it to the artists, scientists and wide variety of other TED attendees has led to some amazing moments, discussions and ideas. While many of the attendees at TED are hugely successful entrepreneurs and businesspeople, it’s refreshing to feel a strong push for responsible and sustainable use of technology — something anyone building a new startup today, especially hardware products, should consider deeply and continuously.”

A freak encounter between two remote perspectives: a Fotokite versus Edward Snowden's Beam. (It's great to see him smile!!)

A freak encounter between two remote perspectives: a Fotokite versus Edward Snowden’s Beam. (It’s great to see him smile!!)

A random snap-demo for Marco Tempest and others in the lobby of TED – another TED-only moment.A random snap-demo for Marco Tempest and others in the lobby of TED – another TED-only moment.

 

TED Fellows in Whistler at the Fellow's pre-conference.

TED Fellows in Whistler at the Fellow’s pre-conference.

 

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