Having solved the problems of steady video and (mostly) autonomous flying, this year's crop of new drones are focusing on a third obstacle to regular use: size. The DJI Mavic Pro Foldable Drone offers a stabilized 4K camera, a range of 4.3 miles, and a flight time of 27 minutes, yet folds down into a package not much larger than a water bottle. The new FlightAutonomy system, outfitted with a slew of cameras, range finders, and sensors, can position, navigate and plan routes for the drone, avoiding obstacles at speeds up to 22 mph. A Sport Mode lets you hit speeds of up to 40 mph, and a new, optional dedicated controller has a built-in touchscreen, an improved video link system, and likewise folds down to let you carry the whole system in a normal bag instead of a dedicated case.
We all have gadgets. Few of us completely understand how they work. Kano DIY Gadget Kits are fun ways to learn more about our electronic existence while making some useful toys. One kit lets you build a camera, learning more about photography by selecting lenses, and making filters, while another is a simple grid of pixels you can hook up and program to do everything from displaying sports scores to playing simple tilt-based games. Finally, the speaker kit lets you wire up a Bluetooth speaker of your very own, and adds a synthesizer to the mix to help you learn about electronic music. All three kits work with simple software that lets you add custom functions, and can be purchased separately or in a bundle.
Canary's all-in-one security system is great for protecting the inside of your home, but it's not built for the outdoors. The Canary Flex Security Camera is. This pill-shaped device is heavily weatherproofed, so it can withstand rain, snow, and sand, and sits on a 360-degree swiveling base so you can get just the angle you want. Built-in lithium-ion batteries and dual-band Wi-Fi support completely wire-free installations, and motion detection, a high-quality mic, automatic night vision, a wide-angle lens, and a built-in speaker ensure you get footage you want when you need it.
If taking your phone out to film a snap is just too much for you, throw on a pair of Snapchat Spectacles. These camera-laden sunglasses let you film a ten-second snap with a single button press, wirelessly sending it to your phone and up to the cloud. A ring of lights around the camera lets others know you're filming, and the included carrying case keeps the shades charged up on the go.