Tech gadgets and smart toys have become more and more popular over the last several years, and when you’re looking for the perfect gift for yourself or someone special it’s well worth thinking about what these gadgets can offer. One option that gets a lot of attention is the personal drone.
Drones are almost along the same lines as RC toys, only a more high-end option. They’re remote controlled aircraft that you pilot – using either included controller sticks or an app on your smartphone or tablet. Durable, easier to fly than remote control helicopters and other RC toys, these drones are taking off in more ways than one. But are they right for you, and are they safe? Let’s look at the pros and cons of the devices.
First, let’s talk about the good. Here are some of the key features that help drones stand out from RC toys and make them worth considering.
- Attaching a camera to the drone allows you to monitor flights more effectively, but also lets you film stunning images you couldn’t capture otherwise.
- They’re easy to control and if you purchase high-quality options, will stand the test of time.
- Syncing the drones with your smart phone or tablet allows you to improve control and also get more from the video functionality.
In short, they’re grown-up toys that are well worth thinking about if you want something totally different.
There are some downsides, however. One of the biggest concerns is privacy, and recently some local governments have started restricting drone usage to certain locations or even requiring that you register as a drone owner.
They can also be dangerous – poor control can lead to injuries, broken windows, and other property damage. As such, they’re not always the best call for younger children.
Finally, drones can be a bit more expensive than other RC toys. As such, they’re a more serious investment and one that not everyone will want to make. Options like the Wondertech W200C Gemini offer a reasonably priced entry point into the world if you want to try them out before investing in a larger model.
The Bottom Line
Really, whether or not a drone is right for you comes down to what you’re looking for. If you want to capture beautiful film footage of your local area or just fly a fun aircraft, they’re a great choice. But understand the limitations and the hazards first, or you may be surprised at the overall experience you have with them.
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