What if we told you there was a New 2018 DJI drone for just $99? You would not beleive it right? We did not either….
The Tello, which is powered by an Intel processor, is compact and easy to use. Just throw it up in the air and let the fun begin. It also has a feature called Failsafe Protection, allowing the drone to land safely even if you lose connection.
The biggest highlight of the Tello is its price — you’ll be able to get it for just $100. This makes it way more affordable than the Spark, the cheapest drone DJI has on offer, which retails for $500.
A Chinese startup called Ryze Tech is selling an affordable dronewith technology from Intel and DJI. The $99 Tello is a tiny machine with a camera that can capture 360-degree video and stream live footage to a tablet, or to an unspecified selection of third-party VR headsets. It’s aimed at a young audience, and Ryze promises features that will make it safe and easy to use, including automatic takeoff and landing. It says these features are possible because of an Intel vision processing chip and flight stabilization from DJI — a company known for larger and more expensive drones.
The Tello uses an Intel Movidius Myriad 2 VPU, which handles object recognition in DJI drones, letting them do things like respond to hand gestures. In the Tello, it’s supposed to help the drone hover in one place more consistently, or land in an outstretched palm. It’s supposed to help take some of the pressure off kids who are just learning to fly a drone, letting them focus on capturing video or programming flight patterns using the simple coding tool Scratch.
At 80 grams, the Tello is definitely on the small side; DJI’s small-and-light Spark drone weighs closer to 300 grams. It flies for 13 minutes at a time, compared to the Spark’s 16 minutes, and takes 5-megapixel photos compared to the Spark’s 12-megapixel ones. But it’s a lot cheaper than the $499 Spark, too. The Tello isn’t supposed to launch until March, but it’s debuting at CES this week, buy it on the DJI store here