Best Drone for Kids
Parrot has introduced 13 new minidrones, that will carry LEGO blocks and skim across water. Parrot’s new drones are split into three categories: Jumping (a rolling, jumping robot), Airborne (quadcopter), and Hydrofoil (and Airborne attached to a hydrofoil boat). These affordable drones appear to be child-friendly (at least for older kids), and they are likely to appear on the list of top Christmas toys for 2015.
The five Airborne models are split into three Night models with LED lighting — Blaze, SWAT, and McClane — as well as Travis and Mars “Cargo” models that can carry small loads such as LEGO blocks. Kids drones are beginning to surface with child-friendly features.
Like the Jumping Sumo, the Jumping devices are two-wheeled robots that can jump up to 80cm (about 2.5 feet) in height and length. Both new Jumping drones have built-in two-way radio communication. The three new led night models are named Diesel, Buzz, and Marshall.
The Hydrofoil drone is an Airborne model that can fly about like the other Airbornes, but can also be attached to a toy boat. The unique water drone can use it’s powerful little propellers to send a hydrofoil boat zipping across water! The Hydrofoil is available in Orak and Newz models.
The mini-drones can be controlled via mobile devices by either WiFi or Bluetooth, depending on the model. They use the same Freeflight 3.0 app used by the AR.Drone, Bebop, Jumping Sumo, and Rolling Spider. You can control the device directly or have it follow a pre-drawn road map directing its path. All the new mini-drones have 550mAh batteries and micro-USB ports for charging.
Priced under $200.00, they are inexpensive without being cheap.
Please supervise your child when playing with any type of flying toy. Check the age requirements and read the directions and warnings. Some toy drones are not safe for younger children – please check for age requirements.
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