@ruouttaurmind I mean, future OS could change things and cause it to not function. You also would lose access if you get a new cell phone. And I can’t find a clear answer on if it has any phone-home or cloud functions in it, if it did… that’s a problem.
@Collin1000 Since the phone—> drone connection is via wifi, it’s unlikely there is any cloud communication going on. So at least for the near future it should continue to function. As well as an app controlled drone can function anyway.
@Aws333 Looks like Hobbico’s RC division got purchased buy Horizon Hobby as part of the bankruptcy process and they intend to continue to support and manufacture Hobbico’s products under their own name.
This deal can fly away. Second drone in a week I swear.
Give me what I want -> IRK Plushies, Mehgic 8 Ball (all responses some form of meh.), Squatty Potty (because we don’t have the fukubukuro anymore and our crap needs to go somewhere), AAA batteries, poop meh emoji pillows, and candy corn because it’s near Halloween duh.
@chienfou Full disclosure, I also don’t know much about drones. But when I was researching cheap drones with video 2 years ago a 100ft. range was relatively short. Sure, the video is FPV, but using your phone/tablet’s WIFI is limiting for both video and control. Most of the YouTube videos I watched of this model looked like you lost connection to both video and drone control rather quickly. And the videos also showed the same limitations when climbing vertically. Additionally, when the battery was close to depletion it quickly shut off with little warning and just dropped out of the sky.
I know it’s only $25 (w/ shipping), but with a doubling of that price I believe I can find something with more features and reliability, especially if I’m willing to buy direct-from-China which I’ve done in the past. But the manufacturer being non-existent was the deal-breaker for me. No replacement parts will be available or any support. It’s too bad because I really like this drone’s form-factor and the video wasn’t that bad for what it is (when it worked). But if you need a drone to take selfies, then this is an OK solution…or just go out and buy a $3 selfie stick.
I’m a DJI drone guy and I’m pretty impressed with the value of this one. I just bought two of these and I’m wishin’ now I bought three. 4 stars and $75 on Amazon. $20 today only on Meh. This one has live FPV in HD which is pretty amazing for $20. I say again, LIVE FPV, meaning it’s LIVE FIRST PERSON VIEW, and in HD, meaning it’s in HD. Two of my three DJI Phantoms don’t even had live FPV in HD. Takes videos and photos. Control it with a smart phone. Has optical positioning which keeps it from drifting provided you keep it low and it has barometer controlled altitude to keep the height. And gyros of course to keep it level. Folds up and fits in your pocket. Google and you’ll see it has good reviews.
The bad news is it has a max range of only 33 feet which ain’t much. That’s why they call it a selfie drone I guess. Only 4 oz so no FAA registration required. And it’s made in America! So by American. So how in the world can they do all this for twenty bucks??? Why so cheap? The US manufacturer is in Ch 7 liquidation. Haha. Pickin’ at the bones of the carcass. Buy five of 'em for $100 and $5 shipping. Enough for the kids, grandkids, neighbors, yourself.
Based on what I’m reading this actually costs $40 because if you don’t buy 2, 1 to use and 1 for parts as soon as something breaks and you can’t get parts you’re done. On the plus side you then get 2 batteries, which I say having no idea if they are swappable
edit: They are, I’m buying 2
@ravenblack If this thing works the way other ‘selfie drones’ work, she’s most likely giving the drone the signal to take a photo. You’re supposed to make a unique gesture while facing the camera. The drone picks up on and identifies the gesture, and takes a photo after a brief delay, so you have time to pose.
@Sapper and to be fair, if it didn’t work, i could have had it repaired…or done it myself. But there were other people that day that received the same monitor that worked and certainly weren’t cracked. This one was damaged in shipping…it was packed like crap with absolutely NO protective anything.
That, to me, shows plain incompetence and lack of caring on MEHS behalf. And their response sucked as well. I never treated anyone like that on my own vacuum business site, I never treated anyone like that in my store and I never treated anyone like that on EBAY…I don’t care if a ship a 5 dollar item on ebay…it gets packed well and buyer gets full service.
Hi @fastharry. I looked into your support cases where you described the monitor as “very well packed” and seemed to be having a good support experience overall. Sorry if that thing got busted in shipping. I went ahead and refunded your $5 Fukobukuro. We cool?
Thinking about this to do some inspection on my sister in law’s Beach house on St George island after Micheal blew thru… Can’t get a good angle on the roof due to height and proximity of neighboring houses… Also might be fun to take pics or video of the grandkids off the diving board at the pool… 20 bucks may be my sweet spot…
@chienfou The air would have to be dead still, zero wind, to fly it high outside. Any air movement at all and it will drift with the wind just like a kite because the optical sensors are no good at a certain height… my guess is the optical system will stop working at around 5-6 feet height.
“Still, what annoys me isn’t the how clear it is that this product was definitely named by some old dude thinking he’d discovered a new way to “reach the youth.” It had to be, by the way, because, say what you will about millennials, they at least know what a selfie is, and a photo that you need a drone’s angle to capture is not a selfie; it’s a photo with you in it. There’s a difference.”
a selfie is a photo you take of yourself. so if you’re operating the drone, the resulting photo of you is indeed a selfie.
What’s with the death laser coming out of the supposed “camera” in that one marketing photo? I will NOT be attempting a selfie with this… Although maybe it could be useful as a flying spot welder or for something…
These things drive my dog just a little bit battier than a laser pointer does, and my living room - with a ceiling that slopes from one story on one side to two stories on the other - should provide an ideal flight environment.
Got mine today and it’s pretty great! The optical stabilization works quite nice indoor as long as my dog isn’t going apeshit below it. Which makes it move a bit, much to the enjoyment of my apeshit dog. Beyond that, controls are easy, camera is decent and dog absolutely hates it. Thanks!
Q: What’s your return policy?
A: If it’s damaged, defective, or just DOA, we’ll either refund or replace it at our discretion. Just fill out our support form and tell us all about it.
We DO NOT accept returns if you just decided you didn’t want it, don’t like the color, or just feeling a little buyer’s remorse. You might try eBay - with as cheap as you probably got it, you could even end up making a little off it. Or hone your reputation for generosity by giving it to someone a little less picky.
Re parts - some of the parts are generic such as motors and batteries and are easy to find on eBay. Also, many will crash/break their device and then list it broken on eBay which can then be purchased dirt cheap for parts.
@RockGrumbler I would try it again…I just mine up and running on a LG g5 running Oreo…One thing I did notice that the green light doesn’t stop flashing till the wi fi connects…which is not what the instructions say…So I set up the wireless network, left the flight flashing, then opened the app…and it connected in about 15 seconds…
Thanks for the steps. Not sure if airplane mode was necessary, but I definitely think that modern Android must determine there’s no internet on a WiFi network and disconnect from it but not really tell you very clearly…
So yeah, I told it to remember my response and answered yes to stay connected. No problems since.
@MrMikenIkes make sure you fly it above carpet or any floor with a bit of structure. It looks for that. Not sure if altitude is handled by an altimeter, in which case any air pressure changes from exhaust fans or AC could affect it.
Mine came in on Halloween. I tried it out yesterday (11/1) and it works well; auto-stabilization, etc., but the battery won’t charge. The little red light on the charger blinked all night with no discernible effect. I emailed for support. Hopefully they can do something for me (besides just a refund), because I really like this drone.