Soon those memories of watching the speeder bikes dive in and out of the forest in Return of the Jedi while blasting lasers at Storm Troopers won't be just a memory, it can be something you do at home. You can fly three different ships from the Star Wars saga including the aforementioned 74-Z Speeder Bike, T-65 X-Wing Starfighter and Darth Vader's Tie Advanced X1 drone. These first-edition quads are presented in a wax-sealed collector's box with a three-dimensional scale model of the ship. When the top of the package is opened, the box lights up and Star Wars theme music plays from the speakers inside the box. "We're hoping Star Wars fans will go crazy over all three of the Star Wars drones….
Air Hogs's Millennium Falcon drone was pretty sweet, but undeniably... uh... foamy. At Star Wars Celebration in London last week, Propel announced its own lineup of drones based off of vehicles from the Star Wars universe and they look AH-MAZE-ING. Not only are they fast drones, but they also shoot lasers for real aerial battles with each other. Four highly detailed (hand-painted) drones were shown off, including an X-Wing, Millennium Falcon, TIE Fighter and a 74-Z speeder bike used by the Imperial Army during the Battle of Endor. The drones sport four propellers positioned below the body as opposed to above.
Propel's hand-painted and hand-sized Star Wars drones are more than just your average licensed toy. The hand-sized drones, available in four designs (Millennium Falcon, X-Wing, TIE Fighter and 74-Z speeder bike), light up and shoot lasers just like in the movies. Up to 12 drones can engage in aerial dogfights to recreate Star Wars' most epic space battles. SEE ALSO: The Force is strong with these hand-painted, laser-shooting'Star Wars' drones Ahead of its launch on Friday Dec. 2, Propel invited me to check them out in person and try my hand at flying for the Empire and Rebellion. It's one thing to look at photos and watch a YouTube video of the drones in action and another to see them in person.
Amazon could be working on a new strategy for dropping packages from its delivery drones to your doorstep. The e-commerce giant has received a patent for a system that'can be implemented to forcefully propel a package from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), while the UAV is in motion'. The document describes using magnets, parachutes or spring coils to release parcels while the unmanned vehicles are in mid-flight – and radio frequencies could help guide packages to their destination. Amazon could be working on a strategy for dropping packages from its drones to doorsteps. The e-commerce giant received a patent for a system that'can be implemented to forcefully propel a package from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), while the UAV is in motion'.
I could tell you all kinds of specs about these Star Wars drones from Propel, but first I have to encourage you to take a good long look at them. Because yes, that is a speeder bike, and an X-Wing, and the Millennium Falcon, and a Tie fighter. And yes, they really do fly. It's okay, you can sneak one more peek after you get through the words part. Propel's four Star Wars quadcopter models features a clever propeller placement--they're underneath and clear, instead of above and opaque--that helps them disappear when in flight.