So your kid wants a drone. That's not surprising: They've been a hot holiday gift for a few years running, and more options than ever are explicitly marketed toward the younger set. Still, there are a lot of drones out there, and it can be hard to tell not only which are actually good, but also which are safe, sturdy, and beginner-friendly enough for children. Your young pilot will probably crash this thing a few times, after all -- in a lot of cases (though not all!), a low-cost toy drone is your best bet. When it comes right down to it, the best drones for kids are ones that will be relatively easy to fly and can take a beating.
Is there anything Xiaomi can't do? The Chinese company, known for making cheap but powerful smartphones, makes a ton of other gadgets, including a kid-oriented smartwatch, a fitness band, a 4K-ready media box, a rice cooker (yes, really) and a self-balancing scooter. Now, judging by an image posted on the company's Weibo account, it's also going to launch a drone. SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Mi Max is a 6.44-inch behemoth of a phone Besides an image of a bug-resembling, futuristic looking drone, and a date -- May 25 -- the poster contains no additional info about the device. Last week's teaser, which consisted only of an image of a wooden propeller, offered even less in terms of details.
One of Star Wars' defining hallmarks is its fast-paced starfighter dogfights. There are countless models and toys that you can reenact iconic scenes with, but these require a bit of imagination. However, with a $39.99 Collector's Edition Star Wars Propel Drone, you can relive these scenes right before your eyes. The Collector's Edition Star Wars Propel Drones are detailed, hand-painted models controlled by Propel's Reverse Propulsion technology. This allows the drones to reach up to 35 MPH and execute aerial maneuvers with the push of a button.
Inspired by wasps and spiders that need to drag prey from place to place, but can't actually lift it, engineers at Stanford and Switzerland's EPFL have created drones that brace themselves against the ground to get the requisite torque. The grippy feet and strong threads or jaws let them pull objects many times their weight along the ground. These FlyCroTugs (a combination of flying, micro and tug, presumably) act like ordinary tiny drones while in the air, able to move freely about and land wherever they need to. But they're equipped with three critical components: an anchor to attach to objects, a winch to pull on that anchor and sticky feet to provide sure grip while doing so. The engineers claim that the drones are capable of moving objects 40 times their weight.
Drone photography is the ultimate flex for hobbyists and professionals alike. Aerial shots were a headache when drones first burst onto the scene, with users needing to combine photography prowess with the thumb dexterity of video gamers. Now, manufacturers have released camera drones that everyone can master. There are many factors to consider when shopping for a drone, but image quality should be high on your list of priorities. Drones are great for a number of reasons, but you really aren't getting the most out of your purchase if it isn't packing a decent camera.