Since drones become mainstream, there’s one space that hasn’t been explored much: the manufacture of budget QUALITY drones that are easy to use.
Several known brands such as Eachine and Hubsan have ventured into this niche before and as their inexpensive models struggle to be popular, Tello, set to be unveiled today at CES 2018, promises to raid the space and claim it.
DJI, together with Ryze Tech, a Chinese startup, and Intel come together to manufacturer the drone, each providing technology that makes this drone a masterpiece.
DJI, for instance, focused on flight stabilization while Intel supplied the processing chip – the Movidius Myriad 2 VPU, which is also present in DJI drones. Its function is to handle object recognition, a feature that allows the drone to respond to things such as hand signatures.
In Tello, the feature allows the drone to land on your outstretched arm or hover consistently in a specific spot. This way, more focus is put on capturing videos and handling the drone’s other functions.
What’s so special about this drone is that it lets kids (and adults, too) learn about drones through coding education. For example, it utilizes, Scratch, an MIT program developed to teach younger people to code, to expand its flight options. Users can, therefore, come up with different drone tricks as well flight patterns by coding.
The drone’s other profound features include:
- A 5MP HD camera that can capture 360-degree videos
- Ability to stream live footage straight to a smartphone, tablet as well as to unspecified VR headsets.
- Automatic landing and takeoff
- Five different sensors for its collision detection system
- Low-battery protection Flexible guards and propellers
Its other key specifications include:
- Max flight time: 13 minutes
- Max Speed: 8 m/s
- Max Flight distance: 100 meters
- HD transmission: 720p
- Battery: 1.1 Ah/3.8 v
- Weight: Roughly 80 grams (battery and propeller included)
- Dimensions: 98mm X 92.5 mm X 41 mm
Unfortunately, if you live in the United States or are based in other markets, you’ll have to wait until March 2018 to have this brilliant unit shipped to you. But if you are in China, the drone will be available by the end of January. If you wish to preorder the Tello drone or learn more about it, you can visit DJI store or Ryze’s official site.