Scoot XL Drone

Ages: 8 and upManufacturer: Kaliber Global

$34.99

The Scoot XL drone is a durable sensor drone, just larger than hand-size, intended for indoor use. The drone is charged via a USB cable and launched with a one-button remote that sends it careening up with a whizzing sound and some limited control. The sensors generally keep the Scoot XL away from walls and larger objects, and when the Scoot inevitably crashes, its soft exterior cage prevents any serious damage (but user beware: it cannot always see small objects, and breakables should be kept out of range). The sensors respond well to hand motions (demonstrated in a video linked from the instruction manual), so it’s great for a game of (almost) catch, as kids use a force-push hand motion to send the drone back and forth between them. A central LED gives charge and speed status as well as a little visual flair.

The battery survives for about ten minutes at a time, making the XL good for a short break to blow off steam and get some activity. In testing, we were delighted with how well the Scoot XL survived abuse; this flew well in every attempt. Occasionally, we lost a propeller, but it was easily reattached (though orientation turns out to matter critically), and when a propeller disappeared entirely under a piece of furniture, we were able to use one of the replacements included with the original drone. With two drones to test, we discovered they are not capable of distinguishing between each other’s remotes, but the drones do seem to be able to avoid each other. The Scoot XL is fast and fun; your pets may not thank you for this new torment, but your kids will be delighted.

 

Emily Crawford ©2020 Parents’ Choice

Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master’s in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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