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Parrot’s AR.Drone 2.0.

The holiday season is upon us and there is a certain something in the air. I’m talking about something a bit more tangible than the ineffable holiday spirit. It is the whir of aerial drones buzzing through the skies!

Today’s hobby drones are pretty amazing. They are packed with features and have a level of automation and sensors never before available to the amateur. Prices have dropped to the point that this technology is accessible, even if you aren’t a government, university, or serious hobbyist willing to spend more than they should. It’s about time to consider the perfect gift for that geeky someone special in your life with a need for speed or a secret desire for air reconnaissance.

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Andrew Terranova

Andrew Terranova is an electrical engineer, writer and an electronics and robotics hobbyist. He is an active member of the Let’s Make Robots community, and handles public relations for the site.
Andrew has created and curated robotics exhibits for the Children’s Museum of Somerset County, NJ and taught robotics classes for the Kaleidoscope Learning Center in Blairstown, NJ and for a public primary school. Andrew is always looking for ways to engage makers and educators.



  1. nic gilbert says:

    the slideshow mechanic, especially how its implemented here, blows.

    1. There is a view all slides link at the bottom, makes it easy to see all the content.

      1. rocketguy1701 says:

        Even with that, I’m afraid I have to agree with Nic.

  2. [...] has just released their 2012 Holiday Gift Guide for aerial drones. I think i’ll take one of everything. Someone tell my [...]

  3. Alex says:

    I am very interested in this topic, but I wish the review were more than “I know a guy who says this is very good.”

    1. I know, right? Who’s this guy think he… Oh, wait. It’s me.
      Honestly, I learned a ton while researching this article, and I hope others can benefit from it. I plan to learn keep learning more. I’ve ordered one of the budget quadcopters listed in this guide to get some practice flying, and I really want to make that DIY tricopter. So hopefully, you will be seeing more from me on this topic, and I will share what I learn as I go.

  4. [...] Aerial Drones — from the Make magazine holiday gift guide. I want five of everything, please Santa. [...]

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