Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter

Product Classification: Consumer Electronics

Title: Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter

Release Date: 2013

Manufacturer: Crazyflie

Included: User guide, warranty documents, connectors

Description:
The Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter is now available for pre-order from the better outlets online. This is one of those incredible gadgets that constantly amaze us. It resembles something from a sci-fi movie but can actually be useful if you know how to operate the controls. The quoted price is anywhere between $175 and $200. However there is a basic version with position sensors that can be bought for as low as $150. It is expected that shipping will begin in April particularly for those people that make their pre-orders now. There will be some that think this is a useless piece of technology that shows the ridiculousness of chasing the next upgrade. However we beg to disagree with such an assessment because we think that the product is not without its merits.

Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter Product Features

You will find that this is an open source project. You only need a soldering iron and a few spare parts in order to get it working. There is an altimeter as well as a magnetometer. We are reliably informed that these features allow you to estimate your direction and height. Perhaps you can turn it into some sort of GPS system. We know that the trend at the moment is to have a single product that does different things, almost as if to save on space. This product is made for convenience even if its uses are not immediately obvious. You can control it using nothing more than a standard joystick that is connected to your personal computer.

The portable item weighs 19g and you can expect about 4 square inches in terms of the space that it takes up. Experiments have shown that it can fly for up to 7 minutes based on a 20 minute charge. This is a fairly good reading for a flying toy. Tobias Antonsson, Arnaud Taffanel and Marcus Eliasson are responsible for this creation. Apparently it took them three years to build the product while they continued to work in their normal professional lives. The popularity of the item on the internet means that they are likely to have an overwhelming amount of demands.

In truth this would be a perfect toy for your teenagers and man-children. It has all the things that would intrigue a tech geek even if they are suffering from an electronics-fatigue syndrome. First of all there is some assembly involved so this is IKEA with panache. The possibilities are endless with just the need for a few batteries and basic assembly skills. It has about 90mm motor to motor readings as well as a standard 170mAh Li-Po battery. You get a Standard micro-USB connector for charging. This takes ~20min for the stock 170mAh Li-Po battery. Furthermore there is an On-board low-energy radio@1mW based on the nRF24L01+ chip. This gives you up to 80m range depending on the environment. Try using the Crazyradio USB dongle and Radio bootloader.

Verdict:
At first we were not particularly impressed by the Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter. However with time we realized that it was the beginning of something very interesting for the consumer electronics industry.

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About Ed Stanley

I am a bit of a 'junkie' when it comes to any electronics. Everything that's new and old. Having been around the stuff all my life since our family has had a shop for three generations. I aim to make each review informative and entertaining. Any thoughts - please make a comment. Anything you want me to review, please send me an email or comment below.

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