KD Interactive, makers of the line of kid-safe Kurio tablets and smartwatches, introduced a pretty cool and innovative kid tech product last week: Aura, the most kid-friendly pilotable drone, which is easily controlled by hand gestures made wearing a special glove controller. Previously only used in military applications, this gesture technology disrupts the drone market and turns the traditional RC controller on its head. Accordin to the company, Aura puts the power in kids’ hands, removing the learning curve of using a joystick controller to pilot their flying robot.
To further ensure a great flight experience, Aura will auto take off upon pairing the drone and glove controller, hovering at about four feet off the ground ready to be guided. It will also have height and distance limitations, allowing the drone to be flown indoors and offering a more controlled play experience. Aura will also have headless navigation, meaning that it will always follow your lead, regardless of its orientation. However, simplifying the controls doesn’t mean you won’t crash, so KD includes a protective cage that’ll let it roll up walls, across floors and ceilings as well as bounce off obstacles.
“Today’s kids grow up with technology in their daily lives and have much more sophisticated expectations of what tech can and should do. It is always our goal to bring products to the market that will not only deliver on that expectation and offer great entertainment but to also deliver a technology experience that is kid-friendly,” said Eric Levin, KD Group Strategic Director. “With Aura, we’re removing the boundaries of a traditional joystick controller, giving kids an innovative and super cool way to play and ensuring they have a successful first flight right out of the box. With Kurio, it’s always been about giving kids the real technology they want, be it wearable tech or tablets, but designing them to be age-appropriate.”
Sounds pretty cool and user-friendly, we can’t wait to take it for a spin.
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