When it comes to Father’s Day, gadgets are the way to go.
I don’t need another tie. A 3D Robotics Solo Drone, available at 400 Best Buy locations beginning June 8, is at the top of the list of cool stuff I’m hoping my wife and daughter may get me.
What is not to love. The system features video-game style controls which make it feel familiar even if you have never flown a drone before. Beyond the controls, the Solo gives you support and full control of your GoPro® cameras (sold separately) and delivers live high definition video either wirelessly to your mobile device or through the controller’s HDMI port for live broadcasts.
Imagine the possibilities and what you could do with your own flying machine.
I can think of dozens of applications the Solo would be amazing for. Among them would be aerial photos of weddings, video tours of real estate properties and even checking on damage after storms. Being afraid of heights, I will never be up on my roof; but when my new roof was leaking last year after a storm, I wanted to see what was happening. The Solo would have provided my view, minus the nerves.
This is an all-in-one, personal drone powered by twin integrated Linux computers. It is so smart, it can define its own flight. The Solo allows you to take off, land or instantly pause your flight in mid-air with the single push of a button.
For me, a feature like pausing my flight is important. It is a built-in safety net to keep me from crashing. When the Solo is in flight, the pause button will act as an air brake, stopping the unit and keeping it in flight until you are ready to take control again.
Through the support of apps, you can also create a limit to how high to allow your drone to fly.
The Solo is ‘Spec’tacular.
You can expect a flight time of about 20 minutes with a camera attached or 25 without.
The unit weighs about 1.5 kilograms.
The controller battery life is about 4 hours.
The control (WiFi) range is about half a mile depending on the environment you are flying in.
If you are ready to buy, consider this: You can get a FREE Solo Smart Battery (Reg. Price: $149.99) when you purchase the 3DR Solo Drone (Sku: 5354101). Valid 6/7-7/11 at Best Buy.
My dad is in his 60s. I think even he would love to get his hands on the Solo. There are few gadgets that raise my excitement level like the Solo. And with this drone, the sky is truly the limit.
The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.