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Carbon Flyer: a durable drone for videoing

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Tough as nails

Drones are becoming more and more popular, but they come with a risk attached – what if you crash your pricey new tech toy?

The Carbon Flyer claims to be durable enough to withstand crashes, so you can keep flying regardless of how many buildings you hit.

The makers claim it's the first personal carbon fibre drone. There are plenty of drones made using carbon fibre, but this is the first affordable one we've seen.

The test video shows it being flung into a brick wall again and again, and it comes out unscathed. Peace of mind, especially if you live in a built-up area.

It's powered by twin motors, and you control it from your phone using Bluetooth. It comes with its own camera, so you can record important surveillance footage of the fields around the back of the park.

You can control it up to 240 feet away using an iOS or Android mobile device.

The app shows how much battery it has left, so it won't get stranded, and you can control the drone's speed, altitude and steering using one hand. Nifty.

It's mighty cheap for a drone, with an introductory price of just $79 (£51), though those have all sold out. The recommended retail price is $149 (£95) – still pretty cheap.

There is a caveat – the aerial footage on the video below wasn't taken with a Carbon Flyer, so don't be fooled.

It's flown past its $50,000 funding goal on Indiegogo, and should start shipping in August next year.

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