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Growing up robotics was always a mysterious thing of the future – but that future is NOW! Robots are definitely a part of our life from vacuums to medicine to even kids toys! One of the coolest ways I’ve been enamored lately with robotics is the use of drones. Our local high school actually has a special course in their agricultural program for the students to learn how to fly and use drones out in the fields they are farming.
Check out this new 3D Robotics Solo Drone at Best Buy. It’s a “smart” drone integrated by two Linnux computers (one on the drone itself and one in the controller) which means it can define it’s OWN flight allowing the user to spend more time focusing on capturing the needed shots. Yes – it can actually fly itself in several modes so you can focus on taking your shots! Of course these make amazing videos and photography but the educational components to using a drone is limitless. Our local high school is literally shaping the future of farmers and their students incorporating drones into their education. It’s definitely not just a toy!
This specific 3DR Drone is the first to fully support control of GoPro cameras and will deliver HD video wirelessly to your mobile device or through the controller’s HDMI port to provide live broadcasts! Imagine being able to use this in a classroom setting! Think of the math applications, the virtual field trips, and discussions you can prompt with a drone! (I’ve seen some pretty sweet YouTube videos for using drones on virtual field trips!)
The controller itself is simple to use as you can see above making it a great choice for both beginners and advanced users. I’ve never flown a drone before but I have seen them in action and I would LOVE to get my hands on one for our school! (Ok, it would be totally fun to have one at home too, I admit!). This one retails for just under $1000 which is really reasonable and affordable if your school can get a technology grant! If you have one I’d love to hear about your experience and what you use your drone for!