Rule the Skies With This Smartphone-Controlled Bird Drone

Andrew LaSane

When it comes to choosing the right drone, size isn't everything. As an alternative to the standard X-shaped quadcopters on the market, ThinkGeek recently released the Bionic Bird Drone. As Laughing Squid reports, this $150 device is roughly the size of a small bird and is designed to resemble one as well.

With wings instead of propellers, the biomimetic drone—measuring under 7 inches long and just over 13 inches wide—flaps to stay afloat. Users control flapping speed by way of a designated app, and the device's direction is controlled by tilting the smartphone, which is a departure from the multi-joystick controller accessory that most consumer drones feature.

On a single charge (which takes up to an hour), the Bionic Bird Drone can fly for up to 8 hours and reach speeds up to 12 miles per hour. The device can be flown both indoors and outdoors.

[h/t Laughing Squid]

Images via ThinkGeek.