Have you ever seen those ‘The Expendables’ type films and wondered how awesome would it to be to handle a drone yourself? Of course, your wish to maneuver such a drone might not be accompanied with a wish to do a reconnaissance before you blast the place out, but how about you use it for fun or to take aerial views of your children playing in the sand?
Well, if your intentions for flying a drone are pure, then you may wish to get your hands on the new drone- Axis Vidius. Axis, based in Rochester, has made what is considered the world’s smallest drone, with dimensions of 4.3cm x 4.3cm x 2.5cm. Weighing only 250g, this mean little machine will fit right into your palm!
The Vidius, which practically means a darting, flying butterfly, is available in five different colours- black, white, orange, green, and blue. So if you think about it, it actually is like a colorful butterfly flitting around the sky, but controlled by you! The Vidius Drone is capable of flying up to 100 feet away from the controller. However, even though it uses 6-Axis Gyro Stabilization to keep itself steady, one big problem that the tiny drone may face is being rendered out-of-control due to even a light breeze blowing against it.
So how do you control this little machine? Unfortunately, since we are far faaar away from the days of telepathically controlling machines, we need to make do with a 2.4 GHz controller to operate the Vidius. If you are not a fan of the conventional R.Cs, then you can also download the Vidius Drone app onto your Android or iOS Smartphone or tablet and start “droning”! The drone, which uses a Live First Person View Video Camera, streams the video to the smartphone or tablet using a Wi-Fi connection. Good time to get a strong Wi-Fi connection, don’t you think? Furthermore, if you are a social network buff and wish to upload the aerial captures of your drone, you can share it right from the app itself! Be it a blog, email, messaging, or social media platform, you can upload it with a simple taps on your device.
Let’s talk about the specs of the Vidius, shall we? Since it is not a military grade, lets-use-it-for-dropping-bombs-on-enemy-land kind of a drone, the quality of the camera on the drone is a low 480p. It is a decent enough resolution if you wish to capture images or videos of objects like the number plate of the car which sped away after knocking down a lamp post, but if you wish to study little bugs out in the front garden, you may have to use your biological eyes only!
The Vidius can fly for about 5-7 minutes on a 20 minute charge of its 150 mAh Battery. Yep, that’s not a lot of flying time, but hey, at least you get to fly a drone which costs only $75! The fun drone can do 360 degree flips and rolls to make you feel like a total geek! You can use the pre-programmed “Trick Mode” for such daredevilry!
Go ahead, live your childhood fantasy of being a pilot with this amazing drone which also sports LED lights so that you can do a fly-by at night!
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