The Dobby Drone by ZeroTech is a selfie video drone that you can put in your pocket. Here is how to fly this Chinese flying gadget.
The Dobby Drone by Chinese drone maker ZeroTech is growing on me. Since I published our initial review of the Dobby, I have been putting in more flight time, figuring my way through the Chinese only quick guide and manual.
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ZeroTech ships the Dobby Drone in novice mode. You need to fly the Dobby for at least 30 minutes, before you can use advanced features. This annoying as the novice mode requires a lock on at least 7 GPS satellites. This takes every time minutes to get a lock. Without the 7 satellite connections, the Dobby drone does not take off.
Now that I finally reached the 30 minute limit, the Dobby Drone app Do.Fun is giving me access to voice control and landing on the palm of my hand. Most importantly, I can now fly indoors without the GPS satellites.
On the iPhone you need the Dobby app Do.Fun version 1.0.2 released on July 27. A switch in the setting is then available to switch Novice mode off. Landing the Dobby drone on my palm brings a big smile on face. This works awesome. You just click the icon on the app and then put your palm under the Dobby drone and it will land by itself and switch off the motors.
In advanced mode I finally do not have to wait for the annoying connections to the 7 satellites and can start the Dobby drone right away. Additionally I can fly it now inside. Watch below how I fly the Dobby drone in front of my desk and land it on my palm.
There are two interfaces to control the Dobby drone. Initially I could not figure out the motion control, but now I find it the best way to fly the Dobby drone. The trick is that you have to put your thumb on the white dot on the screen and then tilt the iPhone or Android smartphone left, right, forward or backward.
The left half of the screen is used to control the altitude with swiping up or down vertically. Swiping left or right rotates the Dobby drone on the spot.
The big advantage of motion control is the smoothens of the flight. In touchscreen mode pinching is used for forward and backward motion. Pinching is hard to do smoothly and the drone would tilt rapidly, resulting in a shaky video.
The follow-me function has not yet implemented yet as well as the cool trajectory flight feature, Zerotech already showed off in the promo video. Zerotech is keeping on rolling out new features in the app.
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