The word drone can bring to mind images of hovering spy vehicles and the military, but consumer drones meant as gifts offer an exciting new way to explore the world around us. The small quadcopters currently being sold are safer than older RC helicopter models because of their lighter weight and use of blade guards. So for the person on your list who likes a bit of mad science and adventure, or who simply wants to fly, a drone may be the perfect gift. Here are five choices designed for the average techie who’s ready to find out what this rapidly evolving technology is all about.
For the quadcopter beginner (and for a remote-controlled gift that won't break the bank), the Blade Nano QX Micro is a low-risk way to start. At less than 2 inches tall and weighing less than 1 ounce, this tiny flier might look like something you’d find in a cereal box, but the Nano QX Micro uses sophisticated drone technology. With Blade’s SAFE technology system, pilots can set the Nano to automatically hover in the air if they take their hands off the controls. Unlike bigger drones that need to be flown outdoors under careful conditions, the Nano QX is perfect for small indoor spaces because of its tiny size and safety-minded blade guards.