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Nano drones are taking off big time

Everyone seems to want a drone these days, but their sizes, prices and complicated instructions usually prevent most from indulging. CCP’s tiny quadcopter Real Live Tetral, however, is a good compromise. It weighs just 20 grams, is so small it fits into the palm of your hand and it’s reasonably priced at ¥12,980. Best of all, though, it’s simple to use and even has a one-touch button for easy takeoff and landing.

The Real Live Tetral comes with a twin thumbstick controller, which doubles as a case for the drone, and it can also be controlled via a smartphone or tablet. Its 410,000-pixel camera is good enough to take selfies and snapshots and it offers a live feed to your smartphone, which slots into the controller to become a screen, so you can watch where it’s flying. This makes it great for making videos to watch through mobile-phone VR goggles. An atmospheric pressure sensor ensures stable flying and easy hovering, and it can even perform a few tricks, like a loop the loop.

Recharging (via USB to a computer) takes 45 minutes, which gives only three minutes of continuous flight time, but the video clips can be saved as AVI files directly to your smartphone or tablet. For real beginners, it also comes with a propeller guard to ensure it won’t get damaged if you accidentally hit a wall.

The Real Live Tetral is available from most major electronics outlets.

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