Top ten drones
10 | 10: The Splash Drone 3
The Splash Drone 3 is the latest drone from SwellPro. It is fully waterproof and has the ability to float on water. Unlike the original Splash Drone, the Splash Drone 3 features a 4K camera, stronger motors and an improved flight controller. The drone comes in two models, the Auto, which can be controlled by a mobile app and offers a ‘follow me’ feature. The other model, the Fisherman, has a fixed camera and has the ability to carry an item up to 2.5 pounds and release it remotely. Price tags for the drone start at $1,149 for the fisherman and $1,399 for the Auto. The company who makes it, SwellPro, have designed multiple drones, with their first design, the Mariner Drone, launching in 2014. The original Splash Drone was launched in 2015.
9 | 9: Tyrone the fire-breathing drone
Tyrone the drone was created by Fjord (formerly Chaotic Moon), a company which focuses on designing, developing and delivering digital products. Tyrone can breathe fire, squirt spray paint and spray silly string. It made its debut at South by Southwest festival in 2015. Fjord say they made the drone to push the limits of drones and what they’re capable of. Tyrone works with anything that can be aerosolised, so silly string, paint, Cheez Whiz and hairspray all work.
8 | 8: CX-10 Mini Quadcopter
The CX-10 Mini Quadcopter is the world’s smallest drone. It is made by Cheerson Hobby, a professional remote control toys and drones manufacturer. The CX-10 weighs just 0.42 oz and is 1.57 x 1.57 x 0.67 inches. Due to its light weight, the drone can maintain a flight time of 4-8 minutes, and is powered by a rechargeable 3.7V 100mAh lithium battery.
7 | 7: Millennium Falcon Drone
The Millennium Falcon Drone is sold by Disney, but was made by remote-controlled vehicle company, Air Hogs and features a 6-axis gyro sensor and 4 propellers and flip buttons to perform stunts. The drone requires minimal amounts of assembly before use, making them suitable for younger users. It is also made of high-density foam, so it will be able to survive crashes easily.
6 | 6: Spiderman Drone
The new Spiderman drone has been designed for the release of the new Spiderman film, Spiderman: Homecoming. It is based on the spider suit that Tony Stark designs for Peter Parker. Early trailers have already shown Spiderman using the gadget. The drone has been made by Skyrocket, makers of SkyViper drones. The drone comes in two models, one which has a streaming video model and one which doesn’t. Both models have automatic and manual flight modes, and a voice feedback controller.
5 | 5: Nixie Drone
The Nixie Drone was created by Nixie; a company founded by a Stanford physics researcher and a Google engineering lead in 2014 when they realised they were missing out on capturing their favourite moments because they were having to stop and take photos. They decided to create Nixie – a drone which can take videos and photos. Nixie is designed to take off and snap action shots from above before returning to the user’s wrist. Nixie has two modes: boomerang, where it flies off, takes a picture and returns; and follow me, where it will follow the user and film continuously.
4 | 4: Spark
Spark is a drone created by DJI, a Chinese drone maker. It is one of the most affordable, accessible drones yet, at just $499. Spark is also one of the smallest drones on the market. It weighs around half a pound and is about the size of a can of soda. It’s designed to be easily transportable and uses gesture recognition, meaning it moves in the direction you wave your hand.
3 | 3: Flybrix
Flybrix is a drone kit that uses lego to create drones. Each Flybrix kit comes with eight motors and specialised Lego-compatible bricks you need to create your own drone. Flybrix allows people to create any drone they may desire, and the kits are designed to challenge everybody.
2 | 2: Parrot Disco
Parrot Disco is the first fixed-wing drone that reaches speeds of up to 50mph. It comes with Parrot Cockpitglasses, a headset which is designed to put the user in the cockpit of the drone using the FreeFlight Pro app on a smartphone.
1 | 1: Aerius
The Aerius drone is famous for its tiny size. At just three by three centimetres, it’s not suitable for outside use, but can be great for use around the home. The battery takes just 15 minutes to charge up and lasts 5-7 minutes. It’s also one of the cheapest drones on the market – at just $29.99. It’s also one of the cheapest drones on the market – at just $29.99.