Tello packages from DroneCurriculum.net
$229.00 – TELLO (Basic) Package (ea.)
$259.00 – TELLO EDU Package (ea.)
$369.00 – ROBOMASTER TT Package (.ea)
The Tello™ drone weighs only 80 grams, can fly for 13 minutes on its battery, is able to capture 5-megapixel photos, and can shoot HD720 video. The drone can be controlled simply using a mobile app on a smartphone (iOS or Android) or on an iPad or Android tablet and therefore doesn’t come with a controller. As an additional purchase, you can add a specific controller if you prefer a traditional RC transmitter feel.
But the Tello in all its versions is more than a “toy drone.” The main thing that sets it apart is the Intel technology inside. Because the Tello drone uses the same Intel processor that handles object recognition in DJI drones, the Tello has the capability to respond to hand gestures — just like DJI’s more high-end drones. It can even land in your hand and take off by being tossed in the air.
When flying in calm conditions, such as indoors, the Tello is incredibly stable and holds its position, making it very easy to learn how to fly. However, because it is so lightweight, the drone doesn’t fly as well in slight wind or breezy conditions.
Equipped with a high-quality image processor, the Tello drone shoots incredible photos and videos. For its low price, it has a better camera than more expensive drones in its category. Tello has two antennas that make video transmission extra stable. The drone records the video directly to your mobile phone, so you don’t have to store it on a memory card. Because it’s on your phone, it’s very easy to instantly upload your video online to social media.
The standout feature of Tello is the fact that you can program it to perform specific routines. This is the first time DJI has formally gotten into the “drones for education” department, something other competing drone companies have been doing for years.
The drone can utilize Scratch or DroneBlocks as coding platforms. They are “drag-and-drop” programming languages targeted at younger learners. Essentially, you can program the drone to fly certain directions based on the “code” you have written (you actually drag code command “blocks”). You can also download the app Swift Playgrounds to get a glimpse of text programming in its Tello Space Travel game. If you opt to use Scratch or DroneBlocks to control the drone, then you can control it from your computer. Swift Playgrounds is used on iPad or Mac systems.