Air Hogs has really upped its game with the Helix Sentinel. First of all, it comes in a case like something out of a spy movie. The latches open to reveal the drone, controller, and goggles all nestled securely in place. And, that's just the packaging! There are two hover modes for the Helix Sentinel. One is height-lock mode, in which the sentinel hovers uninterrupted. Flip a switch, and enter height-lock and collision-avoidance mode, where the drone senses obstacles and automatically maneuvers around them. We're finally entering a generation of camera drones that let you see what the drone is seeing live. By connecting to your drone over Wi-Fi (it shows up as its own network), you'll see everything the camera sees on your smart phone or tablet, for which the remote has a special cradle. You can share your photos or video straight from the app or transfer them to your computer to edit and share from there. But, we're still not done--put your smartphone into the goggles slot and get a real virtual-reality experience. It's the closest you'll ever come to riding atop a drone. From Spin Master for ages 14 and up.
The real judge of a drone is its hover, and the Sentinel's is amazing. It is, by far, the best of any Air Hogs drone we've encountered. Kids will love steering it and watching where it goes and seeing it all from the drone's-eye view. The height-lock and intelligent-obstacle avoidance modes really work and the drone is also very easy to steer.
Kids and R/C fans are going to love this awesome Air Hogs drone. The Helix Sentinel is recommended for kids, ages 14 and up. An easy fix for younger and new R/C pilots is for the younger, less experienced cadets to watch the Sentinel through the goggles while the older kids take off, hover, and steer it.
This drone is a two-person operation. One person really should control the Sentinel while the other wears the goggles. You can't really do both at once, though we're sure you'll try. As with many other Air Hogs drones, the battery life was a bit short during our test, especially if you're also taking pictures or video. Still, this is a massive leap for Air Hogs and we're excited to be along for the ride. The R/C takes four AA batteries, which are not included. The drone itself is powered by an onboard rechargeable battery.
4 AA batteries required
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