It’s no secret that the consumer drone market has exploded over the past few years, offering a wide range of options to those interested. Some drones are made for performing aerobatics or for speed, while others are created primarily for their camera capabilities. Some are engineered to shoot wide sweeping Hollywood quality camera pans while others are made to hover nearby and basically shoot selfies.
That level of specialization is all well and good, but some shoppers still just want a “meat-and-potatoes” drone that does it all without costing a fortune. For those buyers, the Extreme Fliers Micro Drone 3.0 ($145, 32% off), billed as the “drone for everyone,” has built a legion of followers since the craft’s first iteration back in 2011.
The 3.0 zipped out to some quick success after fulfilling its Indiegogo goal three years ago. Here are a few of the reasons why.
1. Quick and easy micro drone piloting
For all the various customizations, the drone feature that most users still care about first and foremost is how simple it is to pick up the controller and fly. The Micro Drone was created with quick, intuitive flight in mind. All drones take at least a little bit of measured practice to avoid any spectacular crashes, but the Micro Drone 3.0 was designed to be flight-ready right out of the box.
The unit is controllable through its accompanying handset or you can fligh it via WiFi with the Micro Drone app downloaded to your smartphone. With top speeds approaching 45 mph and a roster of flips and inverted flight tricks up its sleeve, the Micro Drone 3.0 is ready to service novice fliers and expert pilots alike.
2. VR lets you pilot the craft virtually first-hand
Of course, you can’t exactly slide into the cockpit of an aircraft that’s just bigger than the palm of your hand. However, the Micro Drone is fully VR compatible, which is practically the next best thing.
Just sync your VR headset with your phone, strap it on and once you’re connected, you’ll actually see live HD-quality 3D streaming images as you’re flying.
If you’ve ever wanted to actually fly (and who hasn’t?), the Micro Drone might just scratch that lifelong itch.
3. It’s modular
Many drones are crafted from one hunk of plastic, which means changing a camera or making a repair is difficult, if not completely impossible. The Micro Drone took that need into account, creating a fully modular airship that can be easily customized. Most of the drone’s components are connected via simple slides and snaps or even magnets, allowing pieces of the Micro Drone to be detached, replaced or fixed with ease.
4. Get creative with 3D printed bodies
If you’re into 3D printing, then consider that device your Micro Drone’s personal airplane hangar. Micro Drone 3.0 owners with a 3D printer are encouraged to cook up their own modifications and even all new bodies to make their drone truly epic. In fact, Extreme Fliers even held their own competition to find the coolest 3D printed Micro Drone customizations. Want your drone to look like a dragon or a hornet? Done!
With various lens possibilities, flight options and a bunch of extra features, the Micro Drone 3.0 was crafted to make flying, video capture and even maintenance fast and easy. You can check out this popular drone at almost a third off its retail price — only $145 — until this offer expires.