DJI just announced a new licensed drone, aimed at the lower-end market, as well as the education sector. Built by Ryzerobotics, the Tello is a eight-bladed drone that is tiny in the hands. It is only 80 grams, but it has features that larger drones boast.
The Tello is powered by an unspecified Intel processor, and which can access flight programs made with Scratch – a visual programming language and tool developed by MIT and aimed at kids.
Out of the box, Tello can already do impressive actions such as 360-degree flips, throw-to-activate and even bounce mode. With a 100 metre transmission range, it transmits HD footage using 802.11n WiFi connection to a smartphone running the Tello app.
With a 13-minute flight-time, collision detection and a 720p camera on the front, it is not a cinematic drone platform, but is perfect for first time drone flyers.
The drone even supports VR flight mode, with compatible Bluetooth controller and VR goggles. Images transmitted and captured are electronically stabilised for smooth footage and, taking cues from DJI’s larger drones, it has visual positioning system and collision avoidance to hover safely.
The Tello is available from the DJI online store, but is still out of stock at the time of this story.