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"I love that computer science has made mathematics into something like an experimental science. I was never all that good at proving things, but I love doing computer experiments."
- Rudy Rucker

Bee Cam  
  Small, airborne, self-guided personal camcorder.  

The device is described in the text as pocket-sized (one of the characters stores it in his pocket).

Eddie realized just how close the wess'har camp must have been to the colony when he saw the first of the fighters...

...He made a mental note to have the bee cam permanently active in the future, just in case he missed another chance of good footage...

He set the bee cam to focus on any movement and enjoyed the day around him. Who would have thought he would end up doing wildlife documentaries?

Technovelgy from City of Pearl, by Karen Traviss.
Published by HarperCollins in 2004
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Here is another short excerpt showing that Traviss imagined the bee cam as a kind of "selfie cam":

He set his camera to follow him, and it hovered behind him like a large tame bee.

"Tight mid-shot and pull out on but behind me," he told it. He checked the shot on his handheld screen and moved a few meters to the right. That was better.

It is also implied that the bee cam is able to find its way back to a specified location, in the event that its owner is unable to do so.

Compare to the raytron apparatus from Beyond the Stars (1928) by Ray Cummings, the scarab robot flying insect from The Scarab (1936) by Raymond Z. Gallun, the artificial eye drone from Glimpse (1938) by Manly Wade Wellman, eyes from This Moment of the Storm (1966) by Roger Zelazny, the Ultraminiature Spy-Circuit from The Unknown (1972) by Christopher Anvil, copseyes from Cloak of Anarchy (1972) by Larry Niven, the sky ball from A Day For Damnation (1985) by David Gerrold, the drone floater camera from Runaway (1985) by Michael Crichton, the aerostat monitor from The Diamond Age (1995) by Neal Stephenson and the loiter drone from The Algebraist (2004) by Iain Banks.

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  - Smart Video Cams - DARPA's Mind's Eye
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  - How Can Amazon Patent A Voice-Controlled Drone?
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