Fascinated by the idea of gesture-controlled drones like the DJI Spark, but not willing to drop more than $100?
This Aura drone from KD Interactive is controlled entirely via a glove — and it is just $99.
There’s no RC transmitter or phone app involved, so the control of the drone entirely is up to the way you wave your hand. Tilt your hand up, and the drone flies higher. Tilt your palm toward your body, and the drone comes to the ground. A certain flick of your wrist will also make the drone flip.
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It is certainly not something that is easy to fly at first (when compared with drones that have traditional RC joysticks) but that’s the fun of it. This drone is utterly hilarious to learn how to fly. And once you get the hang of it, it’s surprisingly easy.
Here’s how it works: put a glove on your hand, then attach a watch-like controller around the palm of your hand.
The Aura drone’s wrist controller has a takeoff and land button — a handy feature in case the drone flies out of control and an emergency landing is needed. Smart drone design also comes with propeller guards already installed. You’ll inevitably crash into a few walls, so the propeller guards keep everything safe and unscathed.
The drone has 5-7 minutes of flight time — but given that you likely will have some crashes in there, it’s much longer than that in terms of play time. It comes with a range of 23 feet, but you wouldn’t want the drone to go much farther than that anyway given the gesture control.
The drone does not have a camera which may be disappointing for some, but given the low price point, that’s reasonable. If you absolutely need a camera, look elsewhere — but that’s not the intent of this drone.
The Aura drone is definitely something for the dronies out there who enjoy flying purely for the fun of it — or are looking for a new mode of flying. It’s not something you would be able to race or take pictures with, but it’s the perfect gift for lots of laughs. It is well priced and loads of fun — and a completely innovative, different idea. It is a totally hilarious Christmas gift that not just dronies — but the whole family will have fun with.