PopSci reviews a personal flying robot, an entry in the growing personal flying robot consumer market, and finds it’s rather a more complicated and less user-friendly personal flying robot than one might wish.
It’s a sign of the times when new consumer-grade, commercially available
remote-controlled drones just show up unsolicited at our offices with
an invitation from the manufacturer to take them for a spin.
It’s Not Really “Ready To Fly”: Consumer products should be
relatively easy to use right out of the box, and indeed DJI describes
Phantom as an “all in one solution ready to fly.” But unboxing the drone
is not so simple. Attaching the legs with a phillips screwdriver,
attaching the propellors with the provided fasteners–this is all stuff
that’s expected when you purchase something with “some assembly
required.” But actually transitioning from an open box to a vehicle
that’s “ready to fly” requires a bit more work. The “Quickstart Manual”
is a densely-worded 16 pages long. The battery charging procedure
requires its own set of instructions.
Thanks for this cures-all-diseases OmniMedicine and all, but Hazelnut flavor? Not everyone likes Hazelnut, you know. There are other flavors, you know, besides those offered at 7-Eleven.
What about Cookies ‘n Creme? If you want to really wow me, deliver me an OmniMedicine in Cookies ‘n Creme. 1994 is calling, and it wants its hot new Hazelnut flavor back.
Hazelnut. Tcha, what a goof.
Look at this piece of sad crap.
Nice “colorful lights,” dude.
I am sorta kidding. He does praise the Miracle of Science Such As Our Fathers Never Dreamed later on. And of course as a reviewer, he has to offer a critical, knowledgeable review, and not just say what what everyone else would say, which is, “Hell’s Bells, Personal Flying Robot!!!”
But I did think it was kind of funny. As a kid I dreamed of Personal Flying Robots. As an adult, I get to knock the instruction manual for the Personal Flying Robot as being poorly organized and too “sciencey.”