Parrot is a french company with an interesting assortment of products, and most interesting of all is a series of drones, these mini-drones are high tech toys and I got the chance to try the smallest of their range, the Rolling spider.
I would like to note that I have absolutely zero experience with Drones so I have no standard to compare this drone to other than RC cars and my drone flying skills are horrible.
the coolest part of the rolling spider is that its controlled using a smartphone app, there is no remote included or sold separately for the mini drone, instead you download the app (on Android or iOS) and connect the drone via bluetooth and you’re ready to fly.
the FreeFlight app has an interesting set of options, offering 3 styles of controller (beginner, advanced and a remote with camera enabled) and giving the user the options to automated aspects of the flight to be set, for example you can set the movement speed and the height the drone should maintain, and there are preset buttons for tricks and flips the drone will perform. this is very user friendly (and beginner friendly) which works great for me as a beginner.
the app also updates the drone when connected to the drone, and the updates are fairly frequent and very convenient.
the design of the Rolling spider Mini-drone is really simple but considering the size it is made for function and short range drone flights, it works great indoors and comes with a set of big plastic light wheels that work as a bumper to protect the drone from hitting into things, the drone has a small battery port and tiny electronics otherwise with strong rotors (for their size) and what I thought at first was a speaker at the bottom but after I looked it up on the official site it turns out its an Ultrasonic sensor using sound waves to determine the drone height (limited to 10 meters vertically), and there is a camera hidden somewhere on the bottom as well.
so Parrot packed a lot of technology into this drone and a really high build quality to make this simple flying toy drone into something far more interesting to me than just any old RC toy, some may argue that the drone is a bit too automated in that it lands and takes off at the press of a button, and it hovers in place when you’re not giving it commands on your remote control app.
but I have enjoyed the drone, I bumped it into walls and furniture and someones head at somepoint and it was all good (no one got hurt) the worst thing that happens is that fans fly off when they hit and object and all you do is put them back on the rotor and fly again.
the only downside of this drone is the short time you get to fly with it, about 10 minutes a charge or less sometimes, I guess this is the result of having so much tech into a little gadget and needing the batter to be small and light. so I recommend buying several batteries and charging them all before your start playing around.
Overall the drone is a fun little gadget, with the technology put in it, the ease of use and the cool remote with built in tricks its a great experience with this mini-drone, I would be more impressed if I had more flight time on a single charge of batter but considering the price of the Drone its a really great deal for a beginner or a younger kid to try playing around with drones.
all the thanks to Parrot UAE for the Spider mini drone.