Drones are pretty popular these days, and they’ve come a long way from the days when they were large bulky flying machines that were owned and operated by the government. Today, there are hundreds, or even thousands of drones that are available for consumer use, and thanks to Chinese manufacturing, they’re largely quite affordable.
If you don’t own a drone already, chances are that you know someone who does. Some of them are just fun playthings, but many of them can carry cameras so you can engage in surveillance or a bit of unauthorized snooping on your neighbors. Most drones that can carry cameras have some significant size to them, and that can be a drawback, particularly if you have limited space available for flight or storage.
That’s where the Aerix Aerius comes in. Aerix is a New York state-based manufacturer of drones, and the Aerius is one of their latest products and currently claims to be the world’s smallest quadcopter.
How small? The Aerius measures 3cm x 3cm x 2 cm. That’s about 1 3/16″ square, and about 3/4″ tall. It’s small enough that the remote controller for it has a built-in storage compartment for the drone itself.
What about features? It’s got plenty. The Aerius features 6 axis gyro stabilization, which makes it really easy to fly.
If you’re new to flying drones, don’t worry, as the Aerius includes several pre-programmed maneuvers that allows it to make flips and rolls at the push of a button. No more crashing into furniture while you’re learning to do tricks.
You’ll find that the Aerius also has brightly colored LED lamps that make it easy to see and which make it easy to see the drone’s orientation. If you’re new to flying, the “headless mode” locks the orientation to make the Aerius easier to fly.
The Aerius can fly for 5-7 minutes on a charge, and it takes 15-20 minutes to recharge the device using a USB cable.
If you care about such things, you can choose from four different colors. Actually, at a price of just $22, you could buy one in more than one color, if you like.
Crashes are inevitable with any drone, and Aerix sells a set of four extra blade just in case you crash into something and break one.
Aerix isn’t new to the micro-drone field, their Turbo X model was previously the smallest drone, but it’s about 1/3 larger than the Aerius.
Admittedly, a drone this small isn’t particularly useful. At that size, you can’t really do anything with it aside from flying it around. It’s not going to carry any cargo or a camera. It certainly isn’t big enough for a bumper sticker. It’s just a novelty. On the other hand, it’s a pretty cool novelty, and one that’s a lot of fun to fly.
Reviews on the site are overwhelmingly positive, as well. Buyers say the thing works well right out of the box.
I haven’t yet jumped into the drone market, and I’m not sure that I really have a use for one. On the other hand, it looks like a pretty fun toy, and it looks like something that might just make a pleasant diversion while taking a coffee break from work.
If you’re looking for a fun, eye-catching (barely!) toy at a great price that’s sure to please a crowd, you might want to take a look at the Aerix Aerius.
Here’s a demo video: