The HoverAir X1 from Zero Zero Robotics is a unique drone that breaks away from the typical features and functionality of other drones on the market. It is often described as a flying selfie stick due to its ability to capture tracking shots of static and moving subjects autonomously. While it may not excel in manual flight capabilities, the HoverAir X1 shines when it comes to its intelligent flight paths and tracking abilities.
One of the standout features of the HoverAir X1 is its compact and lightweight design. When folded, it measures just 5 x 3.4 x 1.2 inches, making it incredibly portable. Moreover, the propellers are encased in permanent propeller guards, making it safe to fly around people and indoors.
The drone is controlled via a mobile app, with the airframe itself featuring only two buttons for power and selecting the desired flight path. The intelligent flight paths include Orbit, Follow, Reveal, Overhead, Hover, Custom, and Manual Control. These paths, combined with the Visual Inertial Odometry (VIO) positioning system, allow for smooth and stable video capture.
While the app layout for manual control is not ideal, the connection between the drone and the app is reliable. Manual flight can be achieved for 30 seconds, with a maximum transmission range of 30m and maximum altitude of 15m. The drone also has a wind resistance of 17.7mph.
The HoverAir X1 is available in black and white, with two purchasing options: Device Only or Combo. The Combo kit includes additional accessories such as a two-battery charging hub and an extra battery. The drone is priced at $349 / £345 / €388 for the Device Only option and $399 / £395 / €448 for the Combo kit.
Overall, the HoverAir X1 is an excellent choice for beginners looking for a user-friendly and fun drone. Its intelligent flight paths and compact design make it a standout option in the market.
Sources: Zero Zero Robotics