A camera tripod drone that takes off and lands in your hand when you're done taking your "walking away" shot. The tripod comes to you instead of you having to go retrieve it.
Not to be confused with the "tripod mode" on high-quality drones, or auto-rotating trackers.
One-person-show YouTubers often record themselves using multiple cameras. When showing a journey (hiking, driving, etc) they put the camera on a tripod and record themselves passing by, then they have to go back to retrieve it. (Examples: 48:19, 4:42, 1:24, etc.)
What if after the shot, the tripod took off and landed in their hand?
A lightweight, small tripod attached to a foldable drone. At the click of a button on your remote control, the drone takes off and lands at a sutable spot next to the remote control. It avoids obstacles but doesn't pull away if you try to grab it from the air. If you grab it, it considers the mission complete and turns off the rotors.
Battery life is crucial. A youtuber out in the nature doesn't have access to electricity. They already have to carry a lot of equipment. They could use a standard drone in tripod mode to take the "walking away" shorts but would burn through many batteries.
In contrast, if the tripod only takes off and lands in their hand, it can do so many times before the battery is drained. The proposed tripod-drone should be able to do an entire trip worth of passing-by and walking-away shots on a single charge.