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Tello EDU programmable drone launches worldwide

Mike Bishop
1 month ago

Creators of the Tello mini-drone, Ryze Tech, have announced the launch of the Tello EDU, a programmable drone that increases the educative possibilities, giving support for extra programming languages and even drone swarms.

Tello mini-drone

Since launching at CES earlier this year, the Tello Drone has found its way into classrooms across the globe, providing an entertaining way to learn about physics, engineering, and computer programming alike, and companies like Drobots and Droneblocks have been using Tello in hundreds of STEM camps and school programs across the US.

Weighing just 87g, the Tello EDU houses an HD camera and various flying modes which enable it to perform flips and tricks. The Tello EDU also has its own dedicated app offering virtual missions which have been designed to challenge young minds. There’s also a ‘Tello Space Travel’ adventure on Apple’s Swift Playgrounds app.

Tello mini-drone

Robert Elwood, CEO of Drobots, who used Tello as part of his company’s STEM summer camps in the US, said: “Tello is an amazing way to get kids energized about learning. It’s safe, affordable, and accessible, yet it’s also powerful and fun. As an educator, that’s exactly what you’re looking for. Tello EDU will take things to the next level.”

Learning with [included] Mission Pads and program your own drone swarm

Tello EDU will be sold with four Mission Pads. Basically, a colourful accessory that allows for a richer programming experience. Users can teach the Tello EDU to recognise its position based on the pads and can trigger specific responses.

Using any WiFi access point, users can program a swarm [of multiple drones], instructing them to perform synchronised missions or perform complex manoeuvres. Mission Pads play a key role in helping drones to understand their location and react to the programmed commands accordingly.

Tello mini-drone

Hundreds of schools across the US use DroneBlocks to get Tello into classrooms. Dennis Baldwin, founder of DroneBlocks said: “Teachers and students have been using our app to code missions for Tello with drag-and-drop languages like Scratch. We’re really excited about the world of possibilities that will open up with coding languages like Python and Swift. And we are creating a new course just for Tello EDU.”

Powered by DJI assisted by Intel

The Tello EDU is run on technology that’s been developed by two foremost tech autorities; DJI and Intel. An Intel® Movidius™ vision processing unit supports the vision positioning of the device, allowing it to hover in a single position. The flight controller and vision positioning system are the same as those found in DJI’s larger drones.

Tello mini-drone

Mario Rebello, Vice President & Country Manager, North America at DJI said: “We are excited to continue our partnership with Ryze and to see the evolution of the Tello series. We believe there is a huge opportunity to get more kids interested in science, engineering, technology and maths. Drones and robotics let kids mix programming and play.”

 The Tello EDU drone system is available now, globally, at store.dji.comapple.com, and in select Apple stores –£139 

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