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Best drones for kids: Find a toy drone that's safe, sturdy, and easy to fly

Mashable

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.


Nature inspired weightlifter drone

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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.


The best drones you can get for under $200

Mashable

There isn't just one feature to focus on when it comes to the DROCON U818 -- it's got a little bit of everything. No matter which of this drone's functions you put under the spotlight, you'll find something worthwhile. The footage quality and operational range both deliver high-quality results. It has a good FPV view, streams video in real-time, and it's super easy to learn with. The DROCON U818 takes a little bit from some of the best budget drones, and combines them into one machine.


Cyber Monday Special: These Collector's Edition Star Wars Drones Are 70% Off ($40)

PCWorld

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.