Propel’s limited edition, iPhone-connected Star Wars battle drones

Propel’s limited edition, iPhone-connected Star Wars battle drones


AppleInsider this week went hands-on with Propel’s new limited edition Star Wars elite laser battle drones. These are small, palm-sized quadcopters that blur the line between gaming in the real world and a virtual one, thanks to unique connectivity with Apple’s iPhone.

Propel’s Star Wars drones different from typical toy drones in a number of ways. For starters, the propellers are actually on the bottom, not the top. This allows for them to look more like flying Star Wars vehicles than a normal quadcopter, especially when the lights are turned down.

Propel, the maker of these drones, did a demonstration for the press in Brooklyn with professional pilots and dim lighting in a smoky room, with classic John Williams songs playing. The result was impressive — Star Wars geeks are going to love this.

Priced at $179 U.S. and launching on Sept. 1, the limited edition Propel elite Star Wars laser battle drones come in three styles familiar to fans of the franchise: the T-65 X-wing starfighter, Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced x1 and a 74-Z speeder bike. They are hand-panted and come in serial numbered collector’s boxes that feature with a wax seal, lighted display case, and accompanying music that plays when you open it up.

Propel says these are the first edition in a series of high-performance battle drones that are forthcoming.

While in the air, the drones can shoot at each other with technology that’s similar to laser tag, like you used to play when you were a kid. Out of the box they do this through infrared, but there will be actual laser upgrade kits coming later this fall for $40 that you will be able to see in a smoky room.

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