Right about the sixth second of his initial flight, Orville Wright was possibly already past the excitement of flying and was disturbed about how exactly he was going to land. After departure, landings are the most difficult aspect of flying, a subtle stability of decreasing speed and proceeding toward the ground without banging into it. A brand-new drone, the Snap by Vantage Robotics, totally disregards a century of flight encounter and, as an alternative, gives an easy, different means to land—just crash that thing.

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At initial look at the Vantage Robotics Snap drone, one might assume it is just another flying toy, possibly even a 3-D-printed flying toy. It comes with four rotors protected with lightweight housings, a detachable camera module that looks kind of like a flashlight, and the whole thing folds up and fits in the backpack.

Snap does not have to land by crashing. However, the choice is absolutely pleasant. Its pieces match together with magnets and are built to be refastened afterward. It is a safety characteristic and makes for a more convenient carrying. Snapping apart upon crash indicates that the energy is squandered, and a lot of small parts pack more conveniently. The RQ-11 Raven, a hand-tossed drone scout made use of by the military, performs the same thing.

The drone can be navigated by either iPhone or Android smartphones. You can use these phones as manual remote controls through an app, as well as Bluetooth game controllers and DSM controllers. If you are more of a rookie in terms of pilot expertise, there are “orbit,” “out and back,” and “air tripod” presets to enable you capture different types of drone-shot selfies.

Also, it can fly previously programmed routes. You want to take a group selfie but you do not have any friends with a 40-foot-long arm? Snap can fly all the way up, capture the picture, and get back to its pilot. Snap’s propellers are hidden in cages, so seizing it in flight should not lead to scratched-up hands.


It weighs about a pound. It can also fly for 20 minutes with a peak speed of 30 mph. The Vantage Robotics Snap is available for preorder at $895 through September 22, at which point its price tag will jump to $1,295. It is a little more expensive than entry-level camera quadcopters but notably less expensive than specialized designs, like the DJI Inspire. If it has a targeted crowd, it would be hikers who want fascinating pictures without including a ton of weight to their packs.

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