The Dobby Drone officially launched at the IFA 2016 outside of China. I have a Dobby selfie Drone since July. Here is an update.
Last month I tested the target tracking feature of the Dobby Selfie Drone. A lot has happened since then. Chinese ZeroTech introduced the Dobby Selfie drone at the IFA 2016 officially for the United States and Europe. The Dobby Drone will retail for USD 399 and EUR 469 respectively late September. The company also introduces an advanced version of the Dobby Drone selling for USD 469 in the US and EUR 539 in Europe. ZeroTech did not specify yet what the difference between the standard and advanced Dobby drone are.
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Back in July I had to find out the hard way to fly the Dobby drone as all manuals have been in English. The latest Do.Fun app used to fly the Dobby Drone has a very helpful intro animation now showing the basics of flying this pocket drone.
ZeroTech has released a full user interface update in the September 1 release. Sadly not all features are working yet and are marked as "coming soon." See the new UI in the gallery below.
A new feature that is enabled is somersault. With push of a button the Dobby is supposed to do a flip. I tried it and I got the message that the battery power is not enough. I was at 82%. Battery life is the biggest issue of the Dobby drone. I get about about 9 minutes on single charge. That time very short and you have to focus to get meaningful photos and videos.
All advanced features have limitations. For the target tracking you have to lock 10 satellites and fly at least 5m high. For the somersault you need an altitude of 2m.
As I crashed the Dobby several times in the beginning and to have additional safety, I invested $10 in a set of protective guards. The Dobby guards snap on easy on the propeller arms. The protective guards can be quickly removed to fold up the Dobby for transport.
I also bought some replacement blades just in case. More importantly, I bought a second battery. Now I got about 18 minutes of flight time on a mission.
Chinese gadget exporter FateUAV offers right now a promotion where you can get a Dobby Drone plus additional battery ($59) for $389.99. This is a great deal considering the retail price in the United States will be $399.
Besides Face Tracking, Zerotech needs to deliver the Trajectory flying mode, which is now called orbit, path mode, and throw to fly. If you have any questions about the Dobby Drone, feel free to email me. I try to find you an answer. Read also my initial Dobby Drone review and learn about how to fly the Dobby Drone in Advanced Mode.
The Dobby drone is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight platform, a highly optimized platform targeted specifically for consumer drones and robotics applications. Snapdragon Flight is based on the Snapdragon 801 processor, with GPS, 4K capture, and robust connectivity, along with advanced drone software and development tools, bringing cutting-edge mobile technologies to create a new class of consumer drones. The camera of the Dobby has 13MP with a field of view of 75 degrees and 1080p video capture.